Part of the fun in the ridiculous trips I plan is the hunt for elite status with the various programs I participate in. So when the programs offer to just sell the status outright it seems to take away some of the fun. But what I really cannot figure out is how I got the two offers that I did in the past month.
The first offer is from Hertz. The email talks about my “President’s Circle Upgrade” as if it is something that I was supposed to already know about and be a part of. It highlights some of the benefits and then, at the very end, reminds me that the offer is about to expire and that I need to pay the $450 now to claim it. $450. Are you kidding me? For a guaranteed one-car upgrade (which I rarely want) and a 25% points bonus on rentals. I have only used Hertz for a car rental once in the past year, so I cannot figure out why they think I’d pay for this, but I keep getting “reminder” emails about it.
The second offer I received is from US Air. This offer is for a 90-day US Air Club membership and either Silver, Gold or Platinum status for 90 days. Apparently I can actually buy the Club member ship ($120 for 90 days) or the status ($215/$430/$645 for 90 days, depending on the level) separately, even though the email doesn’t mention that. Of course, I have no idea why anyone would willingly fly US Air, certainly not enough to be elite with them.
Suffice it to say that I am not going to pursue either of these offers. That being said, it is interesting to see the various companies trying to raise money through offers such as this. I wonder if they are actually successful.
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