To Have Airline Elite Status Or Not?
I currently have American Airlines Platinum Pro status that I received last year during a promotion. I had a challenge last year which required me to fly and spend a certain amount to keep that status. This year I am planning a trip to South Africa and there are only 2 Non Stop flights from the US to South Africa. United from Newark and Delta from Atlanta. My plan was to status match from American to Delta but I decided to fly United.
- I booked a Multi-City Trip from Newark to Johannesburg and from Cape Town to Newark.
- I have flight credit from United from a cancelled trip that I am using to fly to and from Newark
- I also have a separate flight to fly from Johannesburg to Cape Town
- In total I paid $ 1,425.47
- Matching status to Delta would have been given complimentary Platinum status for Three Months
- I would have needed to earn either 18,750 MQMs or 25 MQSs plus 2,250 MQDs ($2,250)
- In order to meet the full requirements on this trip I would have needed to take a less desirable flight
- The minimum amount I need to spend to get Platinum status is $2,250
- The only flight option over that amount that would also give me over 18,750 MQMs costs $2,686
- I would end up spending $1,260.53 more than the United flight that I booked
- I decided to match my American Airlines status to United Airlines
- I do not plan on flying United again this year and will be take the necessary flights to keep the status
- One thing that I like about their program is that I can upgrade to Polaris Business Class with Miles
- I can upgrade my flight for 35,000 Miles and $450.
- Even if I had Delta status, upgrading with miles is not even an option
- Another plus of Premier Platinum status is I can access the United Club when I am flying Internationally
- If only I had United Miles
- I just got approved for the Chase United Explorer Card
- I am going to receive 50,000 United Miles after spending $2,000
Airline status is great to have if you fly a lot, especially with the same airline. The majority of my flights I use transferrable points from Amex and Citi Bank that I transfer to various airlines. If I booked the Delta flight to earn Platinum status I still would have been in Economy in the back of the plane with no chance of being upgraded. The Delta flight at the lowest cost option would have cost me $10 more than the United flight, including the $450 Polaris upgrade. Given my limited options, this is the best choice for me.