Are you approaching the end of the miles and points year with the realization that you’ll be a lesser person next year? A person with a lesser airline, hotel or car rental status, that is!
While I’ve reached top tier status at three hotel chains (Marriott, Hilton and Starwood) and will reach 100k on Continental/United, I’m more focused on what I’m not going to achieve – Diamond status on Delta.
I have flown even more miles this year than I did last year (190k vs. 150k) and yet not ended up with the top tier on both airlines. I added more focus on Continental to ensure I reach the 1k status now that they have a fourth tier as they merge programs with United. I’m counting on an international flight next week with a 150% bonus to get me to this goal. With the increased focus on Continental, the airline I fly more often for domestic travel, the seesaw reverted downwards on my Delta accumulation. Sad. I want them both!
Yes, I’ve considered a long-haul mileage run for the week between Christmas and New Year’s, though the airfares are crazy and time with family really is more important. That doesn’t mean I won’t be shedding a tear or two as I get my Delta Platinum card in the mail next year that will take the place of my 2011 Diamond card.
Obviously I’m not over this downward status move yet. As the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, I’ll be seeing the door close to Diamond status for good. At least I’ll know I was one of their Charter members.
How about you? Is a lesser status in your future, as well? If so, how are you feeling about that?
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