7 Responses

  1. David
    David at |

    Seth, I am thinking through whether to go for a Plat challenge on AA as well. I’m currently AS MVPG, and also NYC based so I earn only through DL/AA travel, and I agree that the benefits are being eroded on DL. I’m leaning towards AS over the challenge as it avoids the challenge co-pay, and as MVPG, I already get to choose MCE seats at booking. If you were MVPG already would the decision be easier?

  2. Clayd333 (@clayd333)
    Clayd333 (@clayd333) at |

    I agree, did a challenge in 2014 and had status all last year. found myself about to make some marginal decisions in Nov-Dec to re-qualify and decided to stop. You get on a treadmill and start to make decisions you would not normally make. Like you, i have a lot of travel options and points. Sometimes just doing it “because” is only getting you a card “trophy” for your wallet… The AA ExecPlat perks are GREAT and I loved flying them last year. They were that good! and upgrades to PEK, HKG and NRT were worth a lot of money.. and.. was upgraded on all but 1 or 2 domestic segments.. BUT, i travel 1st class on points all the time, and i don’t really care about flying domestic on SW, it works for me… So in the end, i think your hit the nail on the head, it is a margin call..

  3. Nick
    Nick at |

    Unless you eventually plan to reach EXP and have to put a lot of miles on AA, I would pass. In my opinion lower to mid elite levels and to some degree even the higher levels have become more marketing tools than of much real value to a clearly thinking customer. Perhaps AA is better than most at providing value because they are still distance based, but that will surely be changing soon.

  4. Sam Barnes
    Sam Barnes at |

    Not sure if you knew this, but if you pay for the Platinum challenge, you are granted Gold status for the duration of the challenge. This might make the AA/oneworld flights before your China trip a little more tolerable, mainly for the Main Cabin Extra at check-in.

  5. Bob
    Bob at |

    Another Con is that you can only do the AAdvantage Challenge so many times (or so few) every 5 years. I’m unsure of the exact number; however, I have done the challenge twice and AA said I was ineligible. The AA Customer Service supervisor with whom I spoke said I will be eligible in 2016.

  6. Tom
    Tom at |

    I found your comment about the ‘future of the American’relationship’ to Alaska as ‘unclear’ interesting. Of course, any frequent flier program relationship between two carriers can change or even dissolve with no notice–so on this basis, any such relationship is ‘unclear’. Certianly the AS and DL relationship is on ‘life support’ and few expect it to stay in its present form for long. However, it seems as of late that the AS and AA relationship has stregthened in the recent past. Is there something in particular that you’ve seen that makes this relationship particularly in peril?

  7. Trevor
    Trevor at |

    Alaska is a great program, why not credit it there, as you state, you’ll get *some* benefits on AA and DL as well. Sounds like that’s a better match for your travel habits.