3 Responses

  1. Ryan E
    Ryan E at |

    I’ve never put extraordinary effort into chasing status… I’ll make some effort, spend a bit more. But as the benefits for low and mid tier (which I usually am, or was) get reduced, I’m much less inclined to do so.

    Of course some years, my travel is more for work (and therefore paid by my employer), other times it’s personal travel. So I wonder, are there any reliable numbers on what percentage of elites earned that status by their own wallet, vice employer-financed. Many companies and government organizations give employees little choice over carrier.

  2. Tyler
    Tyler at |

    The lowest tiers are basically worthless at this point, and middle tiers are becoming more and more devalued. I think the airlines are being too aggressive by driving their loyal customers to consider cost more importantly now. If another recession hits the airlines will be SOL.

  3. Phudnik
    Phudnik at |

    I don’t think the lower tiers are worthless — exemption from (usually the first) bag fee, early boarding, and a good chance at a better seat are not negligible. I am DL silver for this year and next, and this will actually make me more likely to consider flying DL on vacation, given that I won’t have to pay to check bags for the family and I can get Economy Comfort seats for free or a reduced price.

    However, I don’t pay for my own flying to get there, and I don’t think it would be worth spending any amount of my own money to do so, given that each airline now has an affiliate credit card that provides much the same benefits at a relatively low cost.