It is time to talk about a very dark and nefarious side of the miles and points hobby. It is also time for all of us to ask some questions of ourselves to see if we have fallen victim to it.
I think everyone’s heard about Singapore Airlines Suites Class. Launched almost 10 years ago with Singapore’s launch of the Airbus A380, Suites Class has long been the gold standard of airplane seats. When you combine an amazing seat with the legendary service of Singapore Airlines, it’s a pretty special combo. I’ve been lucky enough to fly in Suites Class twice, in 2013 and 2014. Since so many of you enjoyed reading my post earlier this week about Etihad, Qatar, and Cathay Pacific First Class I thought I’d share what it’s like to fly up front in one of the most exclusive cabins in the world.
I give American a hard time. At the same time, I still fly American every time I fly. While it’s true the AAdvantage program has suffered some setbacks, I still have Executive Platinum status with American and am about to requalify through January 31, 2018. I’ve held some form of status with American since 2009, which I know isn’t as long as some of you but still gives me at least a bit of expertise.
I’ve said enough about the changes to the AAdvantage program. Let’s take the program in its current state. Here are some things I think American should do to improve its AAdvantage program. [Click through for the list!]
What’s the Points is back! Checking in from a quick vacation I’m taking, I give you my final thoughts on the Chase Sapphire Reserve, some executives changing spots at big airlines, and American’s foray into the crazy and unfriendly world of dynamic award pricing. Click through for the video!
It’s another edition of What’s the Points! Today we’ll cover quite a bit from some new folks who have yet to be mentioned in previous episodes.
As always, please please let me know what you think in the comments! I’m looking forward to seeing how this grows but want to make sure I’m covering what you’d like to see.
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Ok ok, I’m not going to waste any more of your time decrying American’s AAdvantage changes: they’re here and that’s too bad. That said, many of us will still fly with American, so it doesn’t hurt to stay informed about what’s going on.
I have to give American credit where it’s due. In addition to rolling out the new redeemable miles scheme American also added functionality to their website to make everything as upfront as possible during the purchase process. Let’s look at a hypothetical trip from DFW-PDX that I was looking at. On the “Review & Pay” section of the website, I saw the below, clearly listing the various kinds of elite-qualifying miles, segments, and (coming in 2017) dollars I’d earn for this trip.
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