Any point in going for E100k?

Old Jun 11, 17, 3:12 pm
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Any point in going for E100k?

Hi Folks,

I am a LHR-based flyer and my standard flying is on DL - Usually LHR-JFK and LHR-SFO every couple of weeks along with a bunch of asia travel for work and fun. I have been a top tier flyer on DL for 20 years. With all of the *A flying I have been doing, I have been putting my *A miles on my AC account. That has worked out well so far and I am on track to easily hit 100k miles on AC as well this year (and meet the diminished AQD requirement).

My question - As someone that is LHR based and rarely actually flies AC, is it worth it to go for E100k? I could spread my flying out on OW and that way I would have Diamond on DL, Gold on *A (through AC) and Gold on OW. That seems more valuable to me than pushing for the AC 100k status (and not earning status on OW).

I am curious for opinions here.

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Old Jun 11, 17, 3:34 pm
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I don't know why you'd bother earning status on an airline you don't fly.
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Old Jun 11, 17, 3:43 pm
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Originally Posted by canadiancow View Post
I don't know why you'd bother earning status on an airline you don't fly.
If OP is getting $10,000 AQD he is almost certainly travelling on AC at some point, no? It's not as if you can just ticket arbitrary *A flights on 014 with no AC metal on the itinerary.
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Old Jun 11, 17, 3:47 pm
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Originally Posted by eigenvector View Post
If OP is getting $10,000 AQD he is almost certainly travelling on AC at some point, no? It's not as if you can just ticket arbitrary *A flights on 014 with no AC metal on the itinerary.
OP said "rarely actually flies AC".
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Old Jun 11, 17, 4:33 pm
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Yes it is worth it if you plan to fly them a few times per year, but it depends on whether having OW in your quiver helps you more. If only flying AC once in a blue moon, go for status on all three alliances.
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Old Jun 11, 17, 5:01 pm
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Originally Posted by Task Force DL View Post
Hi Folks,

I am a LHR-based flyer and my standard flying is on DL - Usually LHR-JFK and LHR-SFO every couple of weeks along with a bunch of asia travel for work and fun. I have been a top tier flyer on DL for 20 years. With all of the *A flying I have been doing, I have been putting my *A miles on my AC account. That has worked out well so far and I am on track to easily hit 100k miles on AC as well this year (and meet the diminished AQD requirement).

My question - As someone that is LHR based and rarely actually flies AC, is it worth it to go for E100k? I could spread my flying out on OW and that way I would have Diamond on DL, Gold on *A (through AC) and Gold on OW. That seems more valuable to me than pushing for the AC 100k status (and not earning status on OW).

I am curious for opinions here.

TFD
Nah don't worry. It's not worth it.
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Old Jun 11, 17, 5:01 pm
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If you aren't actually flying much AC to make use of upgrades and concierge access, you should consider crediting your *A flying to United. Their program is very generous for non US residents (no $ spend requirements, minimum 4 segments per year on UA metal to get status), and the redeemable miles are a lot more secure than AC right now due to the impending end of the Aeroplan / AC partnership. Redeemable miles earned today on AC may not be usable on anywhere near the same terms after 2019.
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Old Jun 12, 17, 6:21 am
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Originally Posted by canadiancow View Post
I don't know why you'd bother earning status on an airline you don't fly.
It is not that I don't fly AC, I only fly them maybe 4-5 RTs for year LHR-YYZ and LHR-YVR. I consider this "rarely" given my other flying patterns. I also like ACs redemption options for miles better than other *A carriers like M&M and UA.

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Old Jun 12, 17, 6:47 am
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Originally Posted by Task Force DL View Post
It is not that I don't fly AC, I only fly them maybe 4-5 RTs for year LHR-YYZ and LHR-YVR. I consider this "rarely" given my other flying patterns. I also like ACs redemption options for miles better than other *A carriers like M&M and UA.

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Do you fly Y or J? If Y SE would allow you to upgrade without a co-pay, along with better redemption offerings. Not sure even that is worth an extra $5.5-$7k spend though for maybe 5 TATLs.
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Old Jun 12, 17, 7:10 am
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Do you fly Y or J? If Y SE would allow you to upgrade without a co-pay, along with better redemption offerings. Not sure even that is worth an extra $5.5-$7k spend though for maybe 5 TATLs.
I always sit in J but I try to buy Y and upgrade whenever possible (I own the company).
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Old Jun 12, 17, 12:16 pm
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My personal opinion? There is no point going for any status if you are flying 10 AC Intl segments a year between major stations.

J gives you almost everything being SE would; about the only thing I can see you won't get would be concierge access outside of the airport. There are also a number of AE benefits like no intl. YQ but you're not really earning enough miles to make use of them at a decent rate of return prior to 2020. Not if you are based outside of NA.

I'm assuming you normally LMU or even bid where the rates are reasonable.
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Old Jun 12, 17, 6:15 pm
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No. I am content with the *A Gold and in accruing my miles to Skymiles.
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