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New Concierge Key Benefits for 2017: New CK Elite Status Tier

New Concierge Key Benefits for 2017: New CK Elite Status Tier

Old Nov 7, 16, 11:44 am
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New Concierge Key Benefits for 2017: New CK Elite Status Tier

Just got an email from AA outlining some new CK Benefits including a 120 Hour upgrade window.
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Old Nov 7, 16, 11:51 am
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There has been speculation surrounding this for a while, and its now official. Starting in 2017, Concierge Key will be a formal tier in the AAdvantage program. This means that Concierge Key members will get priority (with upgrades, standby, etc.) ahead of Executive Platinum members.

However, as of now there are no other changes in benefits, and there are no plans to publish the qualification criteria for earning Concierge Key.

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Old Nov 7, 16, 12:07 pm
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With CK becoming an official status level, will it also be incorporated into the million miler program?
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Old Nov 7, 16, 12:09 pm
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Originally Posted by cesco.g View Post
With CK becoming an official status level, will it also be incorporated into the million miler program?
I very much doubt it considering Plat Pro and EXP still haven't been incorporated into the million miler program.

It would be nice is CK requirements were published now that it is an official tier.
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Old Nov 7, 16, 12:13 pm
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Originally Posted by Phasers View Post
I very much doubt it considering Plat Pro and EXP still haven't been incorporated into the million miler program.

It would be nice is CK requirements were published now that it is an official tier.
Good luck with that - assuming they copy UA on GS - as they are with the 120 hr window, it will be cloaked in mystery/endless FT speculation
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Old Nov 7, 16, 12:15 pm
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Originally Posted by cesco.g View Post
With CK becoming an official status level, will it also be incorporated into the million miler program?
Nope.

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Old Nov 7, 16, 12:34 pm
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EXPs (like me) are having difficulty upgrading at T-100, is there any reason to assume CKs will GET upgraded at T-120? (Though it sounds "nice" to have that ability.)
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Old Nov 7, 16, 12:46 pm
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Originally Posted by nrr View Post
EXPs (like me) are having difficulty upgrading at T-100, is there any reason to assume CKs will GET upgraded at T-120? (Though it sounds "nice" to have that ability.)
Exactly this. Mr. AtomicLush who is EXP booked an economy seat 4-5 months ago. EF showing F7 the entire time, and he was upgraded 6 hours before the flight.
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Old Nov 7, 16, 12:49 pm
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Originally Posted by AtomicLush View Post
Exactly this. Mr. AtomicLush who is EXP booked an economy seat 4-5 months ago. EF showing F7 the entire time, and he was upgraded 6 hours before the flight.
Maybe numbers like T-100 and T-120 refer to minutes NOT hours now.
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Old Nov 7, 16, 12:51 pm
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Originally Posted by nrr View Post
Maybe numbers like T-100 and T-120 refer to minutes NOT hours now.
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Old Nov 7, 16, 12:58 pm
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Originally Posted by nrr View Post
EXPs (like me) are having difficulty upgrading at T-100, is there any reason to assume CKs will GET upgraded at T-120? (Though it sounds "nice" to have that ability.)
The more important question is how will CK evolve, when GS first started at UA it was very small and the effects were fairly limited. Once it became more "official" the number of GS seemed to ballon and 1K upgrades became very hard to come by.
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Old Nov 7, 16, 1:17 pm
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The number of CK flyers has also grown, at least by my anecdotal observation of the number of pre-boards called with me on my flights by the CK rep.
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Old Nov 7, 16, 1:48 pm
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Why?

What's the point in "formalizing" it, if qualification requirements are not being revealed? Particularly now that they announced the 120 hour window... (not that, that happens anyway - chuckle)
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Old Nov 7, 16, 3:43 pm
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Originally Posted by nrr View Post
EXPs (like me) are having difficulty upgrading at T-100, is there any reason to assume CKs will GET upgraded at T-120? (Though it sounds "nice" to have that ability.)
No, there is no reason to expect that the T-120 means much for many popular routes. I still suspect the problem which may have lead to this part of the CK decision was due to many in the EXP pool (including CKs) are not getting window upgrades. The CKs didn't realize it was not a personal issue.

So, the window stuff seems silly because of the X holdbacks except for a handful of situations (like LAX/SFO-JFK) where EXP vs CK will make a difference.

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Old Nov 7, 16, 4:55 pm
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Would have preferred more SWU's, but I don't think they'd make money if they went back to the old system. Other tidbits I was told at check-in earlier today- "ConciergeKey" will be printed on the boarding pass. Early boarding will be formalized. There will be a Next Flight Guarantee (not sure what this really means, I think they are still trying to iron out the kinks, which is why it wasn't on the e-mail. We sort of already have this, informally.). Overall, these changes makes sense, because the whole point of CK (in AA's eyes) is as a lifeline product to protect its most important valuable passengers in case of IROPS.
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