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Tips to qualify for SE to meet both AQM and AQD

Tips to qualify for SE to meet both AQM and AQD

Old Apr 2, 18, 9:13 pm
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Tips to qualify for SE to meet both AQM and AQD

So Iím wondering if anyone has tips to qualify for SE to meet both AQM and AQD. Not sure if itís worth a marathon rtw trip to requalify but interested in peopleís thoughts and suggestions. Iím close enough to 3M I can taste it!
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Old Apr 2, 18, 9:36 pm
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So Iím wondering if anyone has tips to qualify for SE to meet both AQM and AQD. Not sure if itís worth a marathon rtw trip to requalify but interested in peopleís thoughts and suggestions. Iím close enough to 3M I can taste it!
As a 2MM you probably know more about this than most on this forum including me, and I don't know your travel routes/preferences.

Generically though I would suggest latitude flight passes, (with complimentary F upgrades at T-48 if eligible), and P fare international where it works for your travel patterns. Long-haul Premium economy can work very well (125% AQM bonus) at a reasonable AQD cost -eg HKG, BNE. As an SE you will be top of the upgrade list if you have any left, and if not it isn't so bad (so I am told, I am fortunate to date)

There's also the Premium fares thread worth visiting periodically, but if the deal is too good you may fall short of the AQD requirement (like I did a couple of years ago)
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Old Apr 2, 18, 10:41 pm
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Why????

why??? Would you do that. ?
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Old Apr 2, 18, 10:49 pm
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Originally Posted by Wind View Post
why??? Would you do that. ?
Well, I once told OP why I thought I thought 3MM was worth it, at least in terms of some of the benefits. I suppose we all have different thresholds of what we are willing to do to achieve any goals we have.
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Old Apr 3, 18, 1:10 am
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[QUOTE=Wind;29596250]why??? Would you do that.

Not saying I would or should. Youíre opinion is noted, a question Iíve also asked myself!
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Old Apr 3, 18, 1:18 am
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Originally Posted by tomvancouver View Post
As a 2MM you probably know more about this than most on this forum including me, and I don't know your travel routes/preferences.

Generically though I would suggest latitude flight passes, (with complimentary F upgrades at T-48 if eligible), and P fare international where it works for your travel patterns. Long-haul Premium economy can work very well (125% AQM bonus) at a reasonable AQD cost -eg HKG, BNE. As an SE you will be top of the upgrade list if you have any left, and if not it isn't so bad (so I am told, I am fortunate to date)

There's also the Premium fares thread worth visiting periodically, but if the deal is too good you may fall short of the AQD requirement (like I did a couple of years ago)

Thanks! Iím still flying and have plenty of upgrades. This adventure is just for fun, to achieve both requirements to qualify for altitude diamond in as short a timeframe as possible. Prepared to burn both the cash and the hours of flying time to achieve it. Specifically Iím looking for route suggestions that would take the least amount of time burned up.
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Old Apr 3, 18, 1:23 am
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Well, I once told OP why I thought I thought 3MM was worth it, at least in terms of some of the benefits. I suppose we all have different thresholds of what we are willing to do to achieve any goals we have.
24left. Ur back! As a veteran longhauler maybe I could fly a few legs with you! Like Asia turns or whatever. Just wanted to see if others had suggestions. I have ideas, just was thinking there might be others like Cow with different suggestions. Oh, and wondering how hot the flaming would get before admin stepped in! 😀
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Old Apr 3, 18, 1:45 am
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My tip is to fly 100K AQM and spend 20K AQD. That will certainly get you SE status.

But seriously, without some constraints, the question is boundless. We would need to know something about your travel patterns, preferences and fiscal requirements to provide any real feedback.
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Old Apr 3, 18, 1:58 am
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Well, I once told OP why I thought I thought 3MM was worth it, at least in terms of some of the benefits. I suppose we all have different thresholds of what we are willing to do to achieve any goals we have.
As usual the real answer to why do an MR to the next level is that having that status level is always better than not having that status level.


I'm always surprised by so many of the reasons not to do an MR. To most of the world the ability to go to, say, Boston for a weekend, would be something they would both love to be able to do well as TO do. I did that once.

Mostly it was for the 5K miles for under $400 including car and hotel for the weekend. But i also went to the museum of science and technology, wandered around an ivy league campus, discovered that Samuel Addams is buried in the same cometary as Elizabeth Goose, who was a real person and the apparent inspiration for mother goose, and a whole bunch of other things.

If a mileage run seems like a chore you're doing it wrong.
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Old Apr 3, 18, 1:58 am
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Originally Posted by tomvancouver View Post

Generically though I would suggest latitude flight passes, (with complimentary F upgrades at T-48 if eligible)
Tom, what am I doing wrong???? My Latitude fp only has complimentary upgrades to J at T-48. Actually now that I think about it, I don't believe I'm able to use my lat fp on any airline other than AC/AC Express/Rouge and haven't found F on AC in years.... Are your passes upgrading into either the crew bunks or the cockpit??
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Old Apr 3, 18, 2:21 am
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Originally Posted by KenHamer View Post
.....If a mileage run seems like a chore you're doing it wrong.
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Originally Posted by farmerbrown View Post

24left. Ur back! As a veteran longhauler maybe I could fly a few legs with you! Like Asia turns or whatever. Just wanted to see if others had suggestions. I have ideas, just was thinking there might be others like Cow with different suggestions. Oh, and wondering how hot the flaming would get before admin stepped in! 😀
Ha!. Well, you're always welcome to join me. And I'm quite sure if you asked 100 FTers how to, you'd get about 245 different answers. But really, Ken is right and a MR could be so much more than miles for your goal when you can include other things that would interest you.
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Old Apr 3, 18, 10:30 am
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Originally Posted by farmerbrown View Post
So Iím wondering if anyone has tips to qualify for SE to meet both AQM and AQD. Not sure if itís worth a marathon rtw trip to requalify but interested in peopleís thoughts and suggestions. Iím close enough to 3M I can taste it!
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Old Apr 3, 18, 6:57 pm
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Originally Posted by yyz_atc_qq View Post
Tom, what am I doing wrong???? My Latitude fp only has complimentary upgrades to J at T-48. Actually now that I think about it, I don't believe I'm able to use my lat fp on any airline other than AC/AC Express/Rouge and haven't found F on AC in years.... Are your passes upgrading into either the crew bunks or the cockpit??
Oops - I meant J of course.
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Old Apr 3, 18, 7:13 pm
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why??? Would you do that. ?
So a bit of the drink involved. I thought it was segments AQS and the combo of the other two. Whoops. That being said, Iím on a plane, already over the 100k threshold in miles and dollars. On track for another stellar year.
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Old Apr 3, 18, 7:15 pm
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Originally Posted by farmerbrown View Post
So Iím wondering if anyone has tips to qualify for SE to meet both AQM and AQD. Not sure if itís worth a marathon rtw trip to requalify but interested in peopleís thoughts and suggestions. Iím close enough to 3M I can taste it!
I just noticed that you mentioned a marathon rtw trip to requalify....

how is a rtw with a significant portion NOT on AC metal going to help???
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