Finnair plus status grace period

Old Jan 23, 20, 5:42 am
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Finnair plus status grace period

Alright, so my finnair plus card shows JAN21 and my tracking period ends last of November so it seems that there's a two-month grace period in the status. I'm wondering if anyone knows what this means in practice;
1) Will my status stay with Finnair AND/OR OneWorld until end of the Tracking period OR Grace period?
2) Will I get tier bonus for my Finnair points flown during the grace period (new tracking period) based on my new (lower) status or old (grace) status?
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Old Jan 23, 20, 5:47 am
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No tier points for sure, the card is valid just so that they have time to send new one. It might work for lounge access and J checkin though, but your boarding pass will show the actual status you have in Finnair system.
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Old Jan 23, 20, 5:58 am
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I think the card validity should define the airport services as at least in case you drop out of a "perk level", lounge access etc. will still be valid until card expires. BA had one month grace period and all airport services were valid during that time. In a sense, it is a same situation as crediting the points to another FFP but using the card to gain benefits from another.
Tier status on BP is not the only defining factor. I guess the main issue is for e.g. OWE->OWS transition that how long one could access FC check-in and lounges. Actually, equally good question would be can one access PW during the grace period? AY could be more strict on the matter if they want as from AY perspective customer is not a platinum member anymore.
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Old Jan 23, 20, 5:58 am
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No grace period, and the validity on the card is misleading. All perks will end when the tracking period changes.

Perhaps you could talk yourself into an outstation lounge, but I wouldn't count on it.
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Old Jan 23, 20, 6:05 am
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Yeah, I was thinking of dropping to gold and grinding back to plat during the two months, but that does make it slightly less appealing - six opportunities to go to sauna missed vs. the 4+4 extra SH vouchers..
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Old Jan 24, 20, 4:19 am
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Originally Posted by ffay005 View Post
No grace period, and the validity on the card is misleading. All perks will end when the tracking period changes.

Perhaps you could talk yourself into an outstation lounge, but I wouldn't count on it.
I would strongly oppose this view without backing from CS. In a sense, the main purpose of the validity of the card is to take care the system delays etc. What will happen, perks within control of the airline would seize to exist as airline can validate status "online". But I see it highly unlikely that "OW-perks" would not be based solely on the card validity.
The main question is naturally, is PW following AY-status or card validity.
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Old Jan 24, 20, 4:33 am
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Originally Posted by ffay005 View Post
No grace period, and the validity on the card is misleading. All perks will end when the tracking period changes.
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... In a sense, the main purpose of the validity of the card is to take care the system delays etc. ...
I'd say the only purpose of the card validity is to cover up the notoriously slow production of renewed cards. It is meant to stop customers who renewed their tier to call in for a replacement card. IME, the renewed platinum card never arrives before 2 months have passed of the new period.
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Old Jan 24, 20, 5:24 am
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Exactly, I agree with ffay005 and intuition: there is no grace period with AY+.
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Old Jan 24, 20, 6:12 am
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I'd say the only purpose of the card validity is to cover up the notoriously slow production of renewed cards. It is meant to stop customers who renewed their tier to call in for a replacement card. IME, the renewed platinum card never arrives before 2 months have passed of the new period.
Not the case with the SEB card for sure...very quick delivery.
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Old Jan 24, 20, 7:14 am
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Originally Posted by Post Scriptum View Post
I would strongly oppose this view without backing from CS. In a sense, the main purpose of the validity of the card is to take care the system delays etc. What will happen, perks within control of the airline would seize to exist as airline can validate status "online". But I see it highly unlikely that "OW-perks" would not be based solely on the card validity.
The main question is naturally, is PW following AY-status or card validity.
This is really a non-issue. No grace period and thanks to the (at least sometimes) working IT systems your new status will be clearly visible to the OW partners as well - if not on day 1, very soon thereafter. This is my experience.
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Old Jan 24, 20, 7:31 am
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Who needs that card anyway? Card is so 90's.
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Old Jan 24, 20, 7:45 am
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It is true that there is no grace period and new status will be reflected everywhere. However, card still works to get entry to lounges (HEL as well as AY and other OW lounges).
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Old Jan 24, 20, 7:54 am
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Originally Posted by OH-LGG View Post
Who needs that card anyway? Card is so 90's.
At times I have had to show it in CX lounges when travelling with a BA issued boarding pass which did not reflect the status correctly. And of course the Lumo card is handy at HEL if not flying OW...
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Old Jan 24, 20, 7:57 am
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Originally Posted by OH-LGG View Post
Who needs that card anyway? Card is so 90's.
Me. Contactless payments are handy - and definitely 2020s. And IMO black SEB AY MasterCard is also otherwise well functional and trustworthy travel companion.
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Old Jan 24, 20, 8:00 am
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Originally Posted by OH-LGG View Post
Who needs that card anyway? Card is so 90's.
Well, if one gets in to FC lounges with the card vs. with "real status", it is worth it

At least for BA, grace period was for real and I used lounge services in multiple occasions during the period. However, it was only one month, not two. So, I definitely see a use for the card from Plat->Gold or Gold->silver dropouts. But, is the grace period same for gold/plat.
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