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I’ve been following your blog for just a couple of months and since you posted about the QR CMN-SEA fares I’ve been contemplating doing one of those trips. I’m interested in flying a product I’ve never tried, seeing some places I’ve never been, and seeing if I’d actually enjoy doing the complete round-trip in 9 days, or if it would just be exhausting. Home airport is ORK so positioning to CMN not too expensive or time-consuming.
At this point I’m pretty set on doing one trip and seeing how it goes…. but that then gives me a few further decisions to make – which is where I’m hoping you might be able to offer some advice.
I’m currently BA Silver and so crediting one trip to EC would push me to Gold. However I’m of the opinion that the only real benefit of that would be the ‘soft landing’ back to Silver the following year, thereby giving me an extra year of OW lounge access. (I most likely wouldn’t requalify for Silver otherwise.) Am I off-base here in missing some particular Gold benefit that’s worth having?
So instead of BA I could credit to AAdvantage which might not be a bad option anyway given the Avios devaluation.
Then that got me thinking….. if I’m going to do one CMN-SEA trip and credit to AA then why not do 2 and go for Exec Platinum instead! With other travel I’m taking anyway and could credit to AA that would get me to the 100k needed.
So my actual question is do you think it’s worth doing 2 trips to gain Exec Plat status rather than 1 and getting BA Gold?
My thought process is that the AA SWU offer a real benefit (although probably less usability being Ireland based rather than US based). Given my travel patterns I could use the SWU on 2 trips between DUB or ORK and RSW/MIA/MCO/TPA depending on what prices / upgrade availability were. So round trip for 2 pax would use them up.
Do you think there’d generally be SWU availability booking Y and upgrading to J on those routes traveling Feb/Mar and Oct/Nov? I’d be traveling with a toddler so I’d want to confirm the upgrade at time of booking and I’d rule out long-layovers, but 2 stops both ways would be fine.
Any thoughts, advice, comment you’d have on any of this would be most appreciated. Even if it’s just that you think I’m wasting my time!
Thanks. And keep up the good work – I’m delighted I ‘discovered’ your blog.
@ Jon Birchall — Welcome to the hobby! That’s a real toughie. A couple of things to consider:
— One of the things I struggle with most in this hobby is marginal value. I fall into the same trap of “well, if I do one then I might as well do two and then I might as well do three,” and then the next thing you know I’m flying nonstop.
— The main benefit of BA Gold over Silver is that you’d get oneworld Emerald, which gets you first class lounge access regardless of which cabin you’re flying
— Crediting to American isn’t crazy, though keep in mind the program could also be devalued sometime soon, as it has remained pretty constant over the past few years, so it’s “overdue”
— With American you’ll generally clear your systemwide upgrades as an Executive Platinum member, though rarely at the time of booking; most upgrades seem to clear much closer to departure
So I don’t think there’s a right answer, but I don’t think your idea is crazy at all.