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It’s Time to Show some Gratitude!

It’s Time to Show some Gratitude!

Old Oct 17, 05, 8:42 pm
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Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 210
Originally Posted by craz
You were a very LUCKY person, It took me a few months until I was able to get LP to credit a missing flight and thusly get the 1M miles, not too lnog after teh ability to transfer miles to the Hotel programs was gone, I only got a few miles transferred.
GP/LP did not end Hilton Mileage transfers until the middle of last year. Even if LP was late in posting your points you still had three and one half years to make the transfers. Marriott transfers were ended within six months and that may have been what you were talking about. The great thing about the Marriott transfers was you could transfer 100,000 LP point to Marriott for 120,000 airline miles in many US programs and get seven nights hotel as well. I just wish the people on this board would have kept quiet about it and maybe it would have lasted longer for all of us.

I think if we should learn anything from this experience (and we should always be learning) we should realize the miles we have in any program should be used as soon as possible. A mile earns no interest when kept in an account and does not fluctuate in value like international currencies. From the moment you put a mile in any frequent flyer program it begins to loose value. I have been a member of many programs for a very long time and that is one thing I am certain of.

I must admit I was very lucky as to when our bonuses posted, I followed these boards very closely at that time; and although we finished our trip at the end of the promotion; (our last flights were at the end of June) Our bonuses posted as some of the first. Isn’t there a saying “the first shall be last, and the last shall be first”.


I do have great empathy for you, I know when a company treats me badly I do not do business with them any longer. I do not blame you for your anger but I would point out very few who did the million mile run are complaining. Those who benefited should show gratitude and those who didn’t, do what your heart tells you to do.
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Old Oct 17, 05, 10:53 pm
Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: California; DO-RAGS: Old Gold tagged, PIP, LatPass 1/2, AA 4MM, HH Diamond, Marriott Titanium, Omni
Posts: 9,072
Originally Posted by SAPMAN
Yes, I agree, loyalty is earned by being upfront, honest, and with good communications. GP does not deserve it in my opinion.
LatinPass was like a third world economy in that the rules were arbitrary and your miles were just a pogrom away from being seized. Therefore, it made sense to move out all of the assets to a safer (hotel) currency. I was reminded of my Zambian friend of Indian extraction and how his family job was to smuggle diamonds and valuables to England, where he was a student, so that the Zambian Gov’t wouldn’t come and nationalize their stuff…this meant that the economy could never develop capital formation, which meant no economic growth, which meant that the Gov’t needed to nationalize people’s stuff; a vicious circle.

LP tried to engender loyalty thru a bonus scheme, but could not support the program, so they arbitrarily nationalized people’s miles, which led to a mass exodus to safer havens, which only increased the pressure to find ways to devalue LatinPass miles. Other than a TWA trip for two to NYC, and two F/C tix to Belize, I decided that it was better to take a slight haircut and move to safer currencies, Hilton and Marriott. At the end, LP only seized 4k of my stash, which had no usable value.

I do have a lot of gratitude in that about $1200 paid off with over a 10 x return, not to mention some good cocktail party stories, but gratitude does not equal loyalty, or else I’m still with my first girlfriend.
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Old Oct 21, 05, 8:10 pm
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Guelph, ON. Canada AC Elite, Latin Pass, BA,
Posts: 431
Your right I´m real gratefull

Yes I´ve still got my Million Miles in my account which I will charish until they runout cuz I cant use them on any airline anymore, nor can I fly any airline and earn more worthless miles.

God it´s great to have a Million Miles!
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Old Oct 21, 05, 11:53 pm
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: OH & NV
Programs: AA Lifetime Plat, WN CP, Latin Pass Bonus
Posts: 3,705
Originally Posted by Canadian
Yes I´ve still got my Million Miles in my account which I will charish until they runout cuz I cant use them on any airline anymore, nor can I fly any airline and earn more worthless miles.

God it´s great to have a Million Miles!
I( guess you can always say your are a "million air"
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