Old Aug 11, 15, 3:56 pm
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Efrem
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Originally Posted by groundops View Post
... US$60,000 seems a heck of a lot of spend to attain top tier status on any airline...
Let's not confuse "hard" with "expensive." There's no minimum flying requirement, just a minimum spending requirement. Many people think $60,000 is a lot of money (I certainly do!), but others, and many companies, don't.

I would argue that any status level that requires 100,000 or so actual "butt in seat" flight miles is HARDER - not more expensive, but HARDER - to attain than one that essentially gives you status for writing a sufficiently large check.
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