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Old Jan 25, 03, 7:05 am
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AT&T Complimentary OnePass Silver Elite

I received a postcard yesterday offering 1,000 Bonus Miles and a complimentary 6 month Silver Elite status if I switch to AT&T long distance. The Silver Elite status is extendable if I remain with AT&T.

I am not familiar with the Continental elite benefits, and only fly Continental a couple of times a year. I am already Gold Elite on Northwest. I am assuming that with status on Northwest, Silver on Continental wouldn't really do anything for me. Is this correct?
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Old Jan 25, 03, 7:15 am
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(All anger directed to CO, not you ATC.)

Your assumption is correct, using CO silver while having NW gold would be a negative ala upgrades. If you want to build miles on CO (which, given their award availability does not make much sense) then use the silver CO card.
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Old Jan 25, 03, 7:20 am
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I assume the frustration is due to the Continental's largesse in dispensing complimentary elite status? If so, I wouldn't worry too much. The offer is linked to the AT&T "Unlimited" plan at $19.95/mo. Though the plan makes sense for me, I don't see a huge rush to take advantage of the offer.

Am I correct that Continental does not offer SWU's? I don't see it on the web site, though I know some other carriers give them out as an undocumented benefit.
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Old Jan 25, 03, 8:00 am
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Are you kidding me? SWU's?? I've had my laugh for the day! Sorry, no SWU's at any level. I'm PLAT.
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Old Jan 25, 03, 8:06 am
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Silver Elite status for switching long distance.

Right.

There's something REEEEEALLLLLLYYYYYYYYY broken in CO marketing.

Or, perhaps this is just their admission of how worthless their elite status is.

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Old Jan 25, 03, 10:06 am
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They gotta get new elites to work up through the system to replace all of the Platinums who have "graduated" and moved on.
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Old Jan 25, 03, 1:38 pm
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Amazing. Simply amazing.

They'll sell status (wonder what AT&T pays 'em) to their marketing partners, and give it away to conquer flyers from other carriers.

THEN, they'll b**** that the Elite flyers expect too much, and that they don't produce enough revenue! Well what the h*** do you expect when you show us that the Elite program isn't worth EARNING! Are we just supposed to ignore your continued devaluation of the program?!?!?!?!?!



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Old Jan 25, 03, 3:18 pm
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Pathetic, just pathetic. Are they really that desperate for revenue???
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Old Jan 25, 03, 11:34 pm
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Is this something publically advertised on the Continental website?
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Old Jan 26, 03, 8:09 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by cab747:
Is this something publically advertised on the Continental website?</font>
I think ATC got it as a targeted promo.

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Old Jan 26, 03, 11:05 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by snake:
They gotta get new elites to work up through the system to replace all of the Platinums who have "graduated" and moved on. </font>
I don't often agree with you snake, but I have to say this one put a smile on my face.

It's refereshing to see someone that can use humor to express their point of view instead of just using an ad hominem attack at every opportunity.

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Old Jan 26, 03, 11:24 am
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Thanks Steve,

Although as a marketing serpent, I have to say that I think it's probably a smart move, even if it's a slap in the face of "Butt in seat" Silver Elites.

It's a targeted promo, they probably got the lists from car rental and hotel programs of people who travel a lot and get credited to other airline programs. I'll bet that it's going to people like ATC, who travel enough to have status on other airlines, and would qualify for a comp if they asked for it.

It's probably a freebee for CO, with AT&T picking up the tab for all the promotional expenses.

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Old Jan 26, 03, 1:45 pm
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Yes, it was targeted. For background, I am top tier with US Airways, second tier with Northwest. I have been a member of OnePass since the People's Express days. I think they just selected a subset of OnePass members to target. The offer starts off: "Special offer for select OnePass members. Continental Airlines OnePass and AT&T have teamed up to give OnePass members a special offer...."

I was Silver Elite (but never used it) for a few months several years ago resulting from a promo aimed at readership of a work trade magazine. I don't know if that was the trigger for this offer or not.

To make everyone breathe easier, I am not going to take them up on the offer. I simply don't fly Continental enough. It's not a bad deal, though. My read of the offer gives you Silver Elite for six months for $19.95, one year for $119.70.
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Old Jan 30, 03, 1:16 pm
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Silver elite status can also be purchased on eBay.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...&category=3253
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Old Jan 30, 03, 1:19 pm
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And don't you love the $5,000 value assigned to this "Elite" level!!!
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