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WEIGH IN: Leaving AC, Staying or ALREADY LEFT?

WEIGH IN: Leaving AC, Staying or ALREADY LEFT?

Old Oct 23, 14, 5:53 pm
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WEIGH IN: Leaving AC, Staying or ALREADY LEFT?

Given the annoucement today.. post a simple reply to this thread if you are planning on:
LEAVING (and to what point program)
STAYING (AC is perfect for you)
ALREADY LEFT (and to what program)
... and any other comments - but keep it short and sweet..

I will start:

ALREADY LEFT to United M+ and already earned Platnum through to 2016
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Old Oct 23, 14, 5:54 pm
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Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: YYZ most of the time
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STAYING (AC is perfect for you)
and
ALREADY LEFT (and to what program) UA M+. Will be UA*1K

AC likely would have gotten 150-175k travel from me, but now I'm splitting and happier
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Old Oct 23, 14, 6:06 pm
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Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Canada
Programs: AC E50K (*G), Westjet Gold
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Leaving and kind of already left:

I've stopped going out of my way to fly AC when other airlines, usually Westjet, are cheaper or offer better times. This year, I've done the following on Westjet:

YEG-YVR-YYJ-YEG
YEG-YVR-YEG
YEG-YYC-YEG (2x)
YEG-YYZ-YEG
YEG-YQR-YEG

and did YEG-YYZ-CDG-FCO-CDG-YYZ-YEG on Westjet/Air France.

I'm at 37 AC segments, always making status on segments. I could have made E50K and *G if I stuck to AC but I'm over it. This year, I'm going to focus on my Westjet account and just pump money into that. I doubt I'll make P25K next year, but I honestly don't mind.

AC needs to realize that just as Westjet is creating a new FF program is not a good time to screw over mainly domestic FFs! Especially out west in YEG, YYC, YVR and YQR where Westjet is a very serious domestic competitor!
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Old Oct 23, 14, 6:24 pm
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Join Date: Jul 2002
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Gone a while ago and never looked back.

No need to read the complicated AC rule changes.

For me it is BA/AA whenever possible and Westjet within Canada, even for frequent work-related trips to Calgary.

AC only when I am forced by circumstances.

Cheers
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Old Oct 23, 14, 6:40 pm
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Staying.

No real alternative and I think I can work my way around the changes.

Last year's changes were good. I ended up spending $4000 less to maintain SE status this year. I'll probably need to contribute some of it back to them in 2015...

Also I may not be able to give up 50 eCredits to gift E50 status to my wife, not sure yet. But she'll get E35 anyway.
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Old Oct 23, 14, 6:54 pm
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Join Date: Sep 2014
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The upgrade program has basically been dismantled and the 500 mile minimum will affect a large percentage of my domestic flights. I am trying hard to figure out what motivation is left to stay with AC in my case. I'll be SE 100K in 2015, but I'll be re-evaluating where my money gets spent. As has been said before, loyalty needs to go both ways.
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Old Oct 23, 14, 7:02 pm
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Join Date: May 2007
Location: YYZ, but my heart is in Asia
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Posts: 4,395
Staying.

No alternative for our preferences: No transit in US, Non-stop flights to both Asia and Europe.

Hate the uncertainty of Aerolotto and therefore we usually buy Z or B fares to upgrade. eUp cut doesn't affect us too much.
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Old Oct 23, 14, 7:43 pm
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Staying (for now--we haven't seen all the enhancements yet!)

"Also I may not be able to give up 50 eCredits to gift E50 status to my wife, not sure yet. But she'll get E35 anyway. "

and with the elimination of YQ if we actually have real IKK (not assured), buying Aeroplan J tickets with oodles of points in our accounts might fix that problem anyway. The other option is to buy a Latitude Europe pass for two . . .
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Old Oct 23, 14, 7:48 pm
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Join Date: Jul 2013
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WEIGH IN: Leaving AC, Staying or ALREADY LEFT?

SE so likely staying - however I have never really even considered another program but I will be researching my options as 50% of my regular flying is in eastern Canada and will be really penalizing from a mileage earning standpoint.

I will still likely always make it on segments but my mileage will be sliced in half in both AQM and RM (100% bonus) assuming that still exists.

Maybe Porter is a viable option and Buffalo looking better for my US flying.
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Old Oct 23, 14, 7:49 pm
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Staying. No other alternative, really (I fly domestic only). But will try to find a normal-er job (9 to 5) this year. I've been thinking about changing jobs at the company I work for for a while now. This sort of accelerates it. Im curious - can we start a poll? I find it interesting that over 50% (i'm eyeballing) are staying...
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Old Oct 23, 14, 7:53 pm
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Staying.

Will see what the future holds are reevaluate if need be.
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Old Oct 23, 14, 7:58 pm
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Originally Posted by superangrypenguin View Post
Staying. No other alternative, ....... can we start a poll? I find it interesting that over 50% (i'm eyeballing) are staying...
That is what I am trying to determine.. It seems that most SE are staying (of course) so all the other, lower SE are leaving or left. I left in Feb and luckily, made 75K at United.. which gives me a 11X multimpler for their new "ticket price" miles.. We'll see how that goes..

Its us "Lowest Fare, corporate travellers" who suffer.. Hard to justitfy a 25% Tango Fare when I can earn 100% on UA or another Program...
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Old Oct 23, 14, 8:13 pm
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Originally Posted by NeoRichards View Post
That is what I am trying to determine.. It seems that most SE are staying (of course) so all the other, lower SE are leaving or left. I left in Feb and luckily, made 75K at United.. which gives me a 11X multimpler for their new "ticket price" miles.. We'll see how that goes..

Its us "Lowest Fare, corporate travellers" who suffer.. Hard to justitfy a 25% Tango Fare when I can earn 100% on UA or another Program...
I only fly domestic. I love AC and am very loyal to AC, but today was a bit disappointing. The eups threshold shocked me. The increase of eups to upgrade, I get, but...ah well. Still super thankful for the AC reps today though. I found it very professional. Rip the bandaid without the BS, and they did do that.

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Old Oct 23, 14, 8:15 pm
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Join Date: Oct 2010
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Already left... Not much of a feeling about another kick in the rear end, simply don't care.
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Old Oct 23, 14, 8:20 pm
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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.
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