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Altitude Status Extension for Parental Leave

Old Jan 9, 18, 7:41 am
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Altitude Status Extension for Parental Leave

It looks like I may have to make use of this benefit as I just learned this morning that the family will be expanding in about 9 months!

Has anyone around here used this perk since it was introduced last year? How was the experience? The wording on the website is a bit vague as to the length of the extension but it seems like they would basically grant a whole year of status though I'd like first-hand confirmation on that.
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Old Jan 9, 18, 7:52 am
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Originally Posted by jasdou View Post
It looks like I may have to make use of this benefit as I just learned this morning that the family will be expanding in about 9 months!

Has anyone around here used this perk since it was introduced last year? How was the experience? The wording on the website is a bit vague as to the length of the extension but it seems like they would basically grant a whole year of status though I'd like first-hand confirmation on that.
I have not used the benefit (my kids are all older) but I wanted to say Congratulations!!
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Old Jan 11, 18, 2:52 pm
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Originally Posted by jasdou View Post
It looks like I may have to make use of this benefit as I just learned this morning that the family will be expanding in about 9 months!

Has anyone around here used this perk since it was introduced last year? How was the experience? The wording on the website is a bit vague as to the length of the extension but it seems like they would basically grant a whole year of status though I'd like first-hand confirmation on that.
congratulations!

It is easy to use. Send an email, attach birth certificate and a letter from employer stating your travel was curtailed this year due to the child and then a few weeks later I was told I would re-qualify. Made it anyway, but I went through the process just in case anyway.
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Old Jan 12, 18, 9:51 am
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Quantum - Was it necessary to go on an actual leave, or simply stating that travel was reduced due to a newborn child was sufficient in your case?
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Old Jan 12, 18, 1:06 pm
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Congrats!

I used the leave this year, which was greatly appreciated. In my case I took a four-month parental leave, and once I was back at work full time I sent them a fairly generic letter from our HR department to get the year extension. My sense was that it needed to be a formal leave to be eligible, but maybe not?
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Old Jan 12, 18, 1:11 pm
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Congrats!

I used the leave this year, which was greatly appreciated. In my case I took a four-month parental leave, and once I was back at work full time I sent them a fairly generic letter from our HR department to get the year extension. My sense was that it needed to be a formal leave to be eligible, but maybe not?
Thanks all for the kind words and the replies! Well, I will certainly be taking a few weeks off from work after the birth and then will travel a bit less for the next couple of months so hopefully I will qualify! We shall see I guess.
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Old Jan 12, 18, 4:59 pm
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Originally Posted by cjavan View Post
Quantum - Was it necessary to go on an actual leave, or simply stating that travel was reduced due to a newborn child was sufficient in your case?
It simply stated that my travel has been reduced and/or moved to the near future.
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Old May 20, 18, 11:11 am
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Altitude Status Extension for Parental Leave

Hello

We welcomed our first child and I took off three months of paternity leave from Jan - April this year. I have been 100k for past 4 years and am until the end of 2018 benefit year.

I am now back to work and travelling a bit but I dont think I will make 100k this year. I estimate I should get ~75k.

I am not sure how the Altitude Status Extension works - and if I should still book AC for all my flights this year. This might be a year for me to try flying CX,Emirates, and other airlines esp if they extend your status for a year?

If anyone has any first hand knowledge or experience of how the program works - would be very helpful.
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Old May 20, 18, 11:32 am
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They are very professional and reasonable with it. In my case it was more like a 5 month gap in flying and instead of making 100k I was at 75k. When I restarted travelling I emailed with a copy of the brith certificate and other required information and after a few reasonable questions, my status was bumped back up to SE.

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Hello

We welcomed our first child and I took off three months of paternity leave from Jan - April this year. I have been 100k for past 4 years and am until the end of 2018 benefit year.

I am now back to work and travelling a bit but I dont think I will make 100k this year. I estimate I should get ~75k.

I am not sure how the Altitude Status Extension works - and if I should still book AC for all my flights this year. This might be a year for me to try flying CX,Emirates, and other airlines esp if they extend your status for a year?

If anyone has any first hand knowledge or experience of how the program works - would be very helpful.
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Old May 20, 18, 1:45 pm
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Originally Posted by eastcoastcan View Post
They are very professional and reasonable with it. In my case it was more like a 5 month gap in flying and instead of making 100k I was at 75k. When I restarted travelling I emailed with a copy of the brith certificate and other required information and after a few reasonable questions, my status was bumped back up to SE.
Were you SE also in previous years to that?
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Old May 20, 18, 3:27 pm
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Originally Posted by eastcoastcan View Post
They are very professional and reasonable with it. In my case it was more like a 5 month gap in flying and instead of making 100k I was at 75k. When I restarted travelling I emailed with a copy of the brith certificate and other required information and after a few reasonable questions, my status was bumped back up to SE.
I can vouch for this. I was SE for 3 years before I applied for it. Birth Certificate and letter from my employer re-qualified me for SE the following year. I finished the year of my daughter's birth at about 85k AQM, but I did take a few months off travel to be with my new daughter. I agree it is a very professional and reasonable program, and I applaud AC for it.
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Old May 20, 18, 7:50 pm
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Originally Posted by yyznomad View Post
Were you SE also in previous years to that?
Yes
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Old Jun 2, 18, 5:11 pm
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Did they extend your status for 12 months from date you finished your leave or did they extend this for the whole benefit year?
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Old Jun 2, 18, 5:49 pm
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Did they extend your status for 12 months from date you finished your leave or did they extend this for the whole benefit year?
I applied in early January (my daughter was born the previous October), after missing SE by a shade due to reduced travel in the 3rd and 4th quarters. I was granted SE status for the balance of the benefit year: to the end of February of the year following the application.
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Old Oct 4, 18, 11:21 am
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This is my first post so please be gentle. I applied for the parental leave status extension program Monday. I got a call Tuesday confirming the extension of my lowly E35K status. Very happy with the responsiveness and the relative simplicity of the process. I was really hoping they would bump me up to 50K rather than just extend by current status which I will achieve regardless. I will have completed roughly 45 segments by year's end despite being grounded for an entire quarter (we had twins). Unfortunately they can only extend my current status. I may try one more push for 50K once I have all my 2018 flights booked. If I do remain at 35K, rest assured SEs, I will make myself invisible during my lounge visits.
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