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Old Oct 24, 03, 6:50 pm
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As far as timing strategy for both airlines and hotels matching request: Since it is relatively late in 03 and if you need the benefit of the matched status in 04 and 05, is it a better strategy to wait until 1/1/04 to request a matching level and get perhaps an extra year?
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Old Oct 24, 03, 6:57 pm
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I think if you wait till 11/1/03 you're golden regardless of airline.

Some folks have reported on some airlines getting status for the following year by requesting 7/1.

Others have found on other airlines that the cutoff is 10/15.

So either ask and be sure or wait till November 1. I'm not aware of anyone getting a comp that was good for less than 2 months. But others will correct me here?
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Old Oct 28, 03, 7:31 pm
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I finally get to do this...

BUMP!

This thread is awesome.
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Old Oct 30, 03, 1:30 am
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Well, the UA PremEx comp came through (from CO gold), but now that NW has made its fateful announcement they're unexpectedly back in the running. Has anyone been able to comp a CO gold over to NW? I have a feeling the only hope is to send some kind of PremEx documentation and if they don't see any miles on it they might turn the comp down.

If I can get status on NW (now that there's some certainty of no 50% EQM devaluation soon), I would go to them; if UA gives status and NW makes me start over, it's close.
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Old Oct 30, 03, 1:31 am
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Old Oct 30, 03, 7:43 pm
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Possibly a silly question but can anyone tell me if America West or Alaska accept NW Elite membership for comps since they are allied loosely?

Thanks
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Old Oct 31, 03, 2:44 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by MapleLeaf:
...... Would BA match me or am I better picking a different ow carrier to get matched? AA? QF?

My flights will be back and forth to North America and also within Europe.... guarantees.

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Just a thought.. remember if you plan to fly UK-USA on both BA and AA then you won't get miles/status on the other carrier.

For example:
Fly AA = No points if your a BA ECH.
Fly BA = No points if your a AAdvantage.

So, it may be worth you looking at a 3rd party carrier. Of course it may be that you need to fly up to 4 flights on that OW carrier to retain the satus, so check the conditions! Might be worth looking into LX if your going to be flying in EU as well.

But, like i say... just a thought
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Old Oct 31, 03, 4:29 am
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i thot the AA/BA anti-trust is due to be lifted about this time?

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Old Oct 31, 03, 12:04 pm
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I have spent the last few weeks looking for an alternative to my KLM PE. This is becuase I have serious reservations about the merger with AF and the partners of AF to me are not suitable for my travel needs and in a lot of cases I dont rate them anyway.

BA is crazy, they are out of touch with the travel world and anyone who works for who flew BA at full fare to get miles would be fired.

*A have been really helpful in trying to help me match my status with the right airline and narrowed it down to LH or ANA as they fly the routes in Asia and Europe I need.

They took time to listen and reccomend what they thought was right for me, knowing they were competing to get my business and yet both airlines were open about each others strengths.
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Old Nov 1, 03, 9:57 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by writetorich:
More info on HOTEL matches would br appreciated.

BTW, great thread thanks.
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Marriott will match your Hilton Diamond status and comp to MR Platinum if you have their 75 night stay required annual minimum showing on your HH statement. Just did it about two weeks ago. Easy - faxed statement and status posted within hours.
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Old Nov 3, 03, 12:00 pm
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Has anyone gotten a Starwood comp to Gold from US Gold? How does one go about doing this?
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Old Nov 3, 03, 6:43 pm
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I got comped SPG Gold simply by applying over the internet.. I opened the account and they opened another with gold status immediately.. Strange.. I've never stayed at a SPG property since the one stay required to transfer miles in to qantas...

I'm sure if you have any kind of status with any airline they'll probably comp you..
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Old Nov 3, 03, 6:58 pm
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NW comped me from DL PM to WP Gold through 2004 (Feb 2005) as of Oct.1

I am going to establish some history and ask the to reconsider Platinum.
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Old Nov 5, 03, 5:34 pm
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Someone just reported comping US Gold to UA 1P on the US forum, so it's still in effect. It might go away when US joins *A.
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Old Nov 5, 03, 9:30 pm
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I just got comped AA Plat from UA 1K. I will be putting my new AA status to use. I will be flying AA to the London DO this coming weekend. I like upgrading intl using miles on even the lowest published fares.
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