Programs: Last 1K flight 1/21/11; fun while it lasted, 1P in 2011, Plat for 2012 & '13.
Originally Posted by StingWest
Although I understand the rationale that a DEQM scheme may enhance revenue via more mileage runs (and DEQM up-front fees), we shouldn't lose track of two other off-setting factors:
(a) There are a lot of 1K's who earn their 100k the old fashion way (BIS), and once 1K is earned during the year simply switch to other carriers to finish out the year seeking status (or better service) on those other carriers. With DEQM, this effect simply happens earlier.
But there were benefits to flying more; additional SWUs at various levels, weren't there?
(b) There's also the effect, real or imagined, of diluting the benefits of 1K by including people who really didn't "earn" it. Not having cleared about 25% of my upgrades this year, I certainly thought dilution was at least a factor (along with capacity issues).
Are you talking domestic or international? For domestic, I don't think we can make reasonable year-to-year comparisons, given the advent of UDU and suddenly being thrown into competition for F seats with anyone & everyone of similar or higher status, whether they would have been willing to use resources for that seat (e500s) or not. So last year, if you were flying SFO-IAD, you were only competing with others who decided they also wanted to use their resources to score that seat. There was a downside to wanting that seat, since you didn't have a limitless supply of e500s or CR1s. You used them when you really wanted to. This year? You have to go to more trouble than it's worth to try and turn one down, and for elite-heavy routes, yikes, that upgrade standby list scrolls for page after page after page!
International you've got the declining percentage of C seats plus, unquestionably, people like me that wouldn't have become 1K under normal circumstances.
-Mike- Chain Reaction
Most fun flight ever? SJC-SBA-SFO-LAX-IAD-LAS-LAX-SJC Mileage Run 12/07/09!
Last edited by Mike Jacoubowsky; Aug 27, 10 at 12:36 am..
It amazes me how many promotions US is currently running with their Hop, Skip and Jump, select cities DEQM till Dec 31, Grand Slam...etc. I wonder what their elite pool will look like at the end of the year...