from Germany! I had a lot of great comments last week in response to Why I’m Not Buying Back My American Airlines Executive Platinum Status
. It seems I’m not the only one who received a ridiculous offer to re-up my status. If you read the comments on this page
, you'll see that other readers received offers that are just as bad as (and even worse than) mine. Makes no sense. AA’s sales team needs some serious help. It seems it would be better for AA to offer nothing at all than to anger some of their most loyal customers, as they've done with these offers. FYI:
I also received multiple questions about whether if you fly/spend more with AA before December 31 your offer will go down. It should, as it did last year, but I just flew to Europe and although American added the miles and spend to my account (in real time, which was quite impressive) my offer hasn’t changed. Even if they do update the offer, it still won’t be a good deal so don’t get your hopes up.
One of the big reasons I keep going for AA Executive Platinum status is the upgrades. Status holders get free upgrades domestically plus the ability to upgrade at least four times internationally (or domestically) by using systemwide upgrades. Unfortunately, in my experience, they don’t offer many confirmed systemwide upgrades in advance (they wait until the last minute). For example, I just flew LAX to London on my way to Germany, and it was looking like I was going to get upgraded until the night before the flight. That’s when the cabin went from 10 empty seats to none because American canceled one of their two LAX-LHR flights and had to accommodate passengers. That hurt because a lie-flat seat on a 10-hour overnight flight really makes a difference. You win some, you lose some.
Trying out LAX-it
I finally visited LAX since it opened LAX-it and began prohibiting rideshare and taxi curbside pickup for arriving passengers. Friends and family can still pick up loved ones but they need to use the outer curb on arrivals. Departing passengers can still get dropped off curbside regardless of their mode of transportation. I have to tell you, I was pleasantly surprised to see no traffic in the terminal on either departures or arrivals so kudos to LAX for fixing the mess. However, Thanksgiving will be the true test since a Tuesday evening isn’t a great indicator.
The photo above was taken over the weekend at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel
by Candace for Flytographer
. As you can see, we had a great staycation! Laguna is just an hour from our house. We were fortunate as the weather (80ºF), sunsets and views couldn’t have been better. Check out my Instagram feed
to see more pics. If you ask my son what his highlight was, it would be playing in the sand. If you ask me, it would be the fact that our room came with a firepit and a S’mores kit.
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