On the Right Track

On the Right Track 2016-01-31T19:41:47-08:00
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Joel,

I saw your post on a forum website. I also recently purchased your book as I will be doing quite a bit of travel in my new job. I have been loyal to AA since 1995 and have accumulated over 300K miles. I have only been elite once (Gold) when I was doing quite a bit of travel a few years back. However, I am currently doing the platinum challenge and will easily qualify in the next three months. On a recent trip to the east coast I flew four legs and during each leg tried to implement some of your strategies with little success. More often than not, they claimed I needed to be gold or platinum which I know is not the case. Perhaps I have not yet run into any “eagles.” I would think with my accumulated miles I should have a bit more leverage but maybe this is not the case. It seems like with so many ways to earn miles these days that 300K does not mean a lot.

I also tried contacting representatives on the phone in between my trip and they were only offering to upgrade using miles (which I really have no problem with but they would have done this for anyone).

One thing I am wondering is that if I often fly on deep discounted fares, as this is what my company requires. Also, since I too fly out of SNA, with fewer direct flights, there seems to be less direct competition.

I will keep trying to implement your strategies and maybe will have more success when I qualify for the elite status.

I live in Ladera Ranch. Perhaps we can have lunch sometime.

Great job with the book! I’m sure with a little more practice I will probably be more successful.

Best regards,

Jack Griffith


Answered by The Penny Pincher

Hi Jack,

Sorry for the delayed response.

First off thank you for reading my book, I think that you are on the right track. In today’s world of ultra elites (those earning 100k plus annually), most complimentary upgrades go to gold or platinum elites. Once you reach this level you will find it much easier to get your upgrades.

Since you fly out of SNA, try to get to know the agents at the airport. Being a small airport you’ll find yourself dealing with the same agents. Getting to know them and writing letters about their fine service will give you a lot of upgrading capital.

Along with my book you might also enjoy the column I write at www.tripso.com/widzer.

My best,

Joel

Answer posted by The Penny Pincher on May 28, 2005 02:15 PM

More like this: Air Miles, The Penny Pincher, Upgrading

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Answered by The Penny Pincher

Hi Jack,

Sorry for the delayed response.

First off thank you for reading my book, I think that you are on the right track. In today’s world of ultra elites (those earning 100k plus annually), most complimentary upgrades go to gold or platinum elites. Once you reach this level you will find it much easier to get your upgrades.

Since you fly out of SNA, try to get to know the agents at the airport. Being a small airport you’ll find yourself dealing with the same agents. Getting to know them and writing letters about their fine service will give you a lot of upgrading capital.

Along with my book you might also enjoy the column I write at www.tripso.com/widzer.

My best,

Joel