It’s no secret that airline companies are using the elite status system to get more customers. However, it’s not just airlines that have been cashing in on these perks; hotels and other travel-related businesses also use them to peddle products. With all this pressure being put on brands through the exclusive club model of membership, there is some hope for those who don’t want to be excluded from traveling or experiencing something new simply because they can’t pay for a hotel room with their credit card.
The “airline elite status extension” is a service that allows members to earn airline elite status. The benefits of this are numerous, but the most important one is being able to board before all other passengers.
Why Elite Status Is Important To Me
on December 12, 2021 by Gary Leff
This past week, I traveled American Airlines to a little Northeast city. American’s regional jet service is limited. I chose a 6:30 a.m. flight out of Chicago since it meant,
- Because of the mainline to Chicago, satellite internet is required.
- Instead of an Embraer ERJ-145, a big regional plane was used for the link, which meant a first-class cabin and (air to ground) internet.
- There was some time between when I was supposed to come and when I really needed to be there.
I arrived at the airport 45 minutes before departure. I didn’t need to check luggage since I was already checked in and have CLEAR and PreCheck. So you’ve got plenty of time. Prior to boarding, I was even able to have a cup of coffee, a bottle of water, and a breakfast taco.
I didn’t know I didn’t have my rollaboard with me until I boarded the plane. I realized I’d done something wrong when I glanced up at the overhead bin and wondered why I didn’t have anything to put in it.
I stepped off the plane. Maybe I’d forgotten about it when I went to get my morning taco? There’s nothing there. It’s possible I left it at security, but nothing had been turned in or labeled as having been left behind. That’s when I realized I’d gone into the airport without removing my carry-on luggage from my Lyft’s trunk.
I told myself it was because I virtually never carry a suitcase on a one-night trip since I can get by with only a laptop bag that fits under the seat and I don’t have to board early to compete for overhead bin space. But the fact is that I just wasn’t thinking. Isn’t it true that we all make mistakes?
I used to believe I valued status because it allowed me to skip the line during unexpected operations and because American was ready to add additional segments to my reservation to provide me with backup choices. ‘If you fly American, you’ll need status to protect yourself from operational risk.’
I discovered today that I value prestige because it protects me from my own idiocy.
- Members of the Platinum Pro, Executive Platinum, luxury cabin, and oneworld emerald programs get complimentary same-day verified modifications.
- However, American’s policy on same-day changes is more stringent than that of other airlines. You won’t be able to adjust your route. As a result, you won’t be able to use all of their hubs.
- As an Executive Platinum member, though, I was permitted to alter routes.
By rerouting via Philadelphia, you may save time and money. My first-class seat was saved for me. It meant a regional airplane to Philadelphia and poor internet, but the plane had spent the night in Austin and the crew was already there. It was also the following aircraft that would bring me there, ensuring that I would arrive on time and with a cushion.
I was able to reclaim my luggage by using that cushion. I texted my Lyft driver, and he responded after completing the trip he was on. He was just 15 minutes away from the airport and would be there in no time. I generously tipped him, and I didn’t have to rummage for clothing on my connecting flight or at my destination.
The internet was sluggish, and I had to fly an ERJ-145 without it for my short connecting trip, but that was OK since it was an own goal. When I made a mistake, American was understanding, and it didn’t cost me anything. Status is beneficial in many ways, not only in terms of additional miles and upgrades.