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Award trips now counting toward A-List! (was: Qualifications for A list)

Award trips now counting toward A-List! (was: Qualifications for A list)

Old Sep 10, 22, 7:55 am
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Award trips now counting toward A-List! (was: Qualifications for A list)

The following won’t count toward qualification for A-List status: Rapid Rewards reward flights;

I found the above wording on the Southwest site. I notice in my account the little pie chart titled "climbing toward A-List" lists the number of flights I have taken...xx of 25 flights. But, for me, that number of flights taken INCLUDES my reward flights. Has there been a change in the policy to now INCLUDE reward flights as qualifying flights for A list status? Has anyone else experienced this?
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Old Sep 10, 22, 9:07 am
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I see the same thing... Lucky us, until they correct their mistake .
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Old Sep 10, 22, 9:21 am
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Originally Posted by PHXflier View Post
I see the same thing... Lucky us, until they correct their mistake .
Could be some endowments get pre-released for beta testing. Little outrage or bad press hits back. Flagpole may run up other R&D.
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Old Sep 10, 22, 11:50 am
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Originally Posted by LegalTender View Post
Could be some endowments get pre-released for beta testing. Little outrage or bad press hits back. Flagpole may run up other R&D.
Oh, well, that explains it quite clearly.
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Old Sep 10, 22, 11:54 am
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My trip count jumped seemingly overnight. I haven't had time to confirm whether the increment matches my 2022 count of trips flown using points, but it's in the ballpark.

The points portion of A-list and CP qualification did not change, only the trip count. This change, assuming it's intentional, will get me close enough to 100 trips to consider flying cheap midweek segment runs to earn CP.

The points portion of A-list qualification did not change, only the trip count.

2022 has been a year of unprecedented customer-friendly changes at Southwest. I really appreciate this one.
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Old Sep 10, 22, 12:18 pm
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Originally Posted by PHXflier View Post
I see the same thing... Lucky us, until they correct their mistake .
Delta started counting award travel toward elite status about a year ago. I don't believe this is a mistake. Delta was correct: Award travel is paid travel, paid in advance by the credit card issuers for the most part.
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Old Sep 10, 22, 12:30 pm
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Originally Posted by nsx View Post
This change, assuming it's intentional, will get me close enough to 100 trips to consider flying cheap midweek segment runs to earn CP.
Award travel in my profile only helped A-List/A-List Preferred qualifications; my CP qualification number is still based on paid flights I flew.
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Old Sep 10, 22, 12:53 pm
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Originally Posted by PHXflier View Post
Award travel in my profile only helped A-List/A-List Preferred qualifications; my CP qualification number is still based on paid flights I flew.
This is true in my case as well.
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Old Sep 10, 22, 1:59 pm
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I'm also seeing my reward flights credited. I may actually be able to re-qualify now.

I just wish I hadn't sunk so much money in to paid tickets while I was thinking I could do it on revenue flights. But it'll end up being a wash.

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Old Sep 10, 22, 2:06 pm
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Originally Posted by geo979 View Post
This is true in my case as well.
You are both right. I was looking at the a-list display not CP. I will edit the thread title.
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Old Sep 10, 22, 3:38 pm
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I'm also seeing my reward flights credited. I may actually be able to re-qualify now.

I just wish I hadn't sunk so much money in to paid tickets while I was thinking I could do it on revenue flights. But it'll end up being a wash.
So, the plan all along was for this to break on FT.

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Old Sep 12, 22, 9:26 am
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If the policy has truly changed to allow reward flights to count for A list, why haven't the written program rules been updated to reflect the change?
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Old Sep 12, 22, 4:29 pm
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It's a one-time thing valid for award flights through September 19th, confirmed it with Southwest media relations. I agree that it's strange that it was not documented anywhere
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Old Sep 12, 22, 7:24 pm
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Originally Posted by JSteele View Post
It's a one-time thing valid for award flights through September 19th, confirmed it with Southwest media relations. I agree that it's strange that it was not documented anywhere
Your post is misleading - what is only through SEP 19th? Award flights flown from Jan 1-Sep 19 counting toward segments or after Sep 19, award travel will no longer count toward status?
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Old Sep 12, 22, 8:13 pm
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It's a one-time thing valid for award flights through September 19th, confirmed it with Southwest media relations. I agree that it's strange that it was not documented anywhere
Let’s hope that this is a patch allowing an extra week to implement and announce a permanent policy change.
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