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WEIGH IN: Leaving AC, Staying or ALREADY LEFT?

WEIGH IN: Leaving AC, Staying or ALREADY LEFT?

Old Oct 23, 2014, 11:05 pm
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Angry Another customer AC will lose.

with the help of people on this board I decided to end a very long relationship with AC. I had double status for years, and this year will be my last with 50k status.
Reality is AC is a very poor second choice to 1K. I now fly UA and Delta.

I will fly less than 5k with AC this year, and one Rouge flight convinced me of the nightmare ahead at AC.

Next decision is should I give up Blackberry? Wow how non-Canadian I will become.
United just announced record profits, maybe its from Canadians.
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Old Oct 23, 2014, 11:18 pm
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Originally Posted by superangrypenguin
Leaving flying or leaving AC?
Haven't decided yet actually.

This year, about 90% of my flying is on my own dime (and on AC); probably projecting a spend of 12K of my pocket money to requal SE. Qual'ed SE last year mostly on Eewnited (before the 50%-ing). 2011, 2012, 2013 qualed for Elite fully on my own dime.

If I quit flying altogether, then I can save quite a nice chunk of money. Even for one year, compounding 12K 8% for 30 years works out to $120K or so? Could buy me another house when I retire

If I stay flying, either:
- continue flying *A but on OZ for lifetime *G at 500K *A BIS miles
- status match to the dAArk side
- status match to DL

One of my coworkers keeps gushing to me about how great DL is. Factoring in my amex plat, I get free DL lounge access + $200 airline credit on DL incidental fees.

Are you going to stay with AC superangrypenguin? If not, what are your plans?
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Old Oct 23, 2014, 11:25 pm
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Staying only because I don't have any other options for my route.

Would leave if Westjet joined skyteam/oneworld.

All TPAC travel will be CX moving forward.
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Old Oct 24, 2014, 12:24 am
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I effectively abandoned AE years ago and have collected only BIS miles for the last 10 years. Pretty much wrote off AC after last year's enhancements. After ~10 or 12 years as an E, this year I have only 2 segments and 1049 AQM on AC metal. Haven't used a single eUp this year. I have three lengthy trips pending, none of which involve AC. I'm liberated!

So the announcements today don't have me very worked up. Not worth it to be loyal to AC any more.

Having said that, once I'm on the aircraft and in the air I have found AC (not Rogue) to be generally pretty good, comparatively of course. It's all the crap and contempt before you board and when things go IRROPS that burns my butt.

I will also point out the obvious: the AC game plan is to dump all the low level status people, so stomping off in a huff is actually what they want. Well, the stomping off part, anyway.
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Old Oct 24, 2014, 12:30 am
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Originally Posted by flybit
with the help of people on this board I decided to end a very long relationship with AC. I had double status for years, and this year will be my last with 50k status.
Reality is AC is a very poor second choice to 1K. I now fly UA and Delta.

I will fly less than 5k with AC this year, and one Rouge flight convinced me of the nightmare ahead at AC.

Next decision is should I give up Blackberry? Wow how non-Canadian I will become.
United just announced record profits, maybe its from Canadians.
Blackberry?!

Do they still have those?
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Old Oct 24, 2014, 2:12 am
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I'm going to be with AC for 2015, simply because I paid for a Europe flight pass before they announced that the number of flights we can upgrade is being cut in half. After I finish the flight pass, my European travel is going to be on BA; I haven't decided what to do about domestic and transborder travel yet.
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Old Oct 24, 2014, 2:37 am
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This is where I'm at. I'm a Canadian ex pat living in the UK for the foreseeable future. I fly a variety of Star partners and this year my percentage of flying was:

AC 20%
LH 15%
LO 10%
LX 10%
SN 10%
OS 10%
SQ 7.5%
TP 10%
SK 7.5%

The carrier I have spent more time on and more money on was AC yet under the new rules, I would fail to quality for renewed E50 status. I see the point they are making that they want passengers who fly mostly AC, the problem is that from where I am and the destinations I go to, this is not an option.

Clearly, staying with AC is not really an option either, unless I find that work takes me to Canada more often. For me the main perks are priority check-in and lounge access. Upgrades are not the most important thing to me although they are very welcome when they come.

I'm considering either a move to BA or just giving up the whole status thing and using Priority Pass for lounge access.
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Old Oct 24, 2014, 2:50 am
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Originally Posted by bafsan
This is where I'm at. I'm a Canadian ex pat living in the UK for the foreseeable future. I fly a variety of Star partners and this year my percentage of flying was:

AC 20%
LH 15%
LO 10%
LX 10%
SN 10%
OS 10%
SQ 7.5%
TP 10%
SK 7.5%

The carrier I have spent more time on and more money on was AC yet under the new rules, I would fail to quality for renewed E50 status. I see the point they are making that they want passengers who fly mostly AC, the problem is that from where I am and the destinations I go to, this is not an option.

Clearly, staying with AC is not really an option either, unless I find that work takes me to Canada more often. For me the main perks are priority check-in and lounge access. Upgrades are not the most important thing to me although they are very welcome when they come.

I'm considering either a move to BA or just giving up the whole status thing and using Priority Pass for lounge access.
I'm in pretty much the same boat. I'm a Canadian expat in the UK and have had status (35/50) for the past several years with AC. I'm out now. I'll keep using my lounge access etc until Feb, but then I'll be moving over to something else. Lufthansa or BA probably. I might also do just the priority pass thing as well. I'll have to sit down and figure it out.
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Old Oct 24, 2014, 3:03 am
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Originally Posted by silverpig
I'm in pretty much the same boat. I'm a Canadian expat in the UK and have had status (35/50) for the past several years with AC. I'm out now. I'll keep using my lounge access etc until Feb, but then I'll be moving over to something else. Lufthansa or BA probably. I might also do just the priority pass thing as well. I'll have to sit down and figure it out.
I'd avoid Miles and Less like the plague. Have looked into TAP Victoria which looks interesting as does SK's EuroBonus. Despite having to go through the US to Canada, UA is however looking like the most likely choice for me. Still, I'll need to carefully consider this. If BA offers a status match, I'd switch all my flying to them instantly.
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Old Oct 24, 2014, 4:50 am
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Thinking hard about leaving. I need to see how many miles I'll lose with the 500 mile minimum gone and see which program is the most suitable.

I'm thinking AA because only EXP get unlimited complimentary upgrades so maybe they will actually clear often.

Other option is to bite the bullet and buy latitude. That should make up the difference lost on the 500 mile minimums, and reduce my booking of flights based on R availability.

Maybe this makes the most sense: Fly AC high flex until the eups run out, stop using eups on yvr-yyc-yeg triangle, Fly paid F on united when possible, Maybe only buy one latitude transcon pass for those in between moments, and for international travel do ikk free j redemptions. This might keep my spend almost in line with where it's at (I figure about 20-30k per year).

The funny thing is that my newly developed strategy will hopefully be moving spend away from AC and not to it, Probably with 60% of travel going to AC next year vs 80% or more this year.

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Old Oct 24, 2014, 5:41 am
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Originally Posted by acysb87
As a traveller requiring transit at YYZ, my choices are very restricted.
I will be staying. However, I personally feel that my business is now being taken for granted.

The wheel turns.
Wow, M, say it ain't so! Last of the happy warriors...well, there's still ol' P out there like the knight in Monty Python who just keeps fighting as limb after limb is cut away.
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Old Oct 24, 2014, 6:02 am
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Originally Posted by Shareholder
Wow, M, say it ain't so! Last of the happy warriors...well, there's still ol' P out there like the knight in Monty Python who just keeps fighting as limb after limb is cut away.
The old timers will get this one.
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Old Oct 24, 2014, 6:25 am
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Originally Posted by airbus320
The old timers will get this one.
+1

Oh, and to stay on topic, I'll continue living large as a tangerine...taking sage advice from Miss Othmar whenever it comes to frequent flying programs.
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Old Oct 24, 2014, 7:11 am
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Staying. Hoping that IKK will be increased and more seats in the front for last minute bookings.
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Old Oct 24, 2014, 7:35 am
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LEAVING (but not sure for which program...Westjet or BAEC)
Wish Westjet would just join Oneworld.
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