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This is the first time in my life I've ever been "preferred" by anyone.
It's like a new phase. I don't know what to expect.
I got it just in the knick of time too. My last flight pushed me over the limit.
It seems like there are so many perks. I get to go through a shorter security line and mock all the peons behind me waiting in their normal-non status line. I get automatic upgrades when they're available. I can sit in an exit row without paying a $60 fee. Life is good.
Any other frequent travelers here? In all seriousness, are the perks of so-called "preferred status" really that good? Will my traveling experience actually be any more pleasant now? Or is it all just a ploy.
Way to go, brother! Turn around and wave to me at the back of the line once in a while...
And, just to kill two birds with one stone, I'm sorry to hear they've thrown you out.
If you travel a lot, especially for business, it's gold. I got upgraded to first-class all the time which is the #1 perk. Boarding early is awesome too because it allows you to be a dick and get away with bigger carry-on luggage - meaning you don't need to check a bag, which is enormous when you're on a tight schedule or need to catch up on sleep.
I traveled to the upper Midwest, the Rocky Mountains, and Alaska a lot. Those long flights are a million times easier when you're in first and can walk straight from the plane to your rental car.
Good for you! Sounds like everything is finally coming up Milhouse for you.
It's really not that big of a benefit on US Air IMO. I had it the last couple years, but won't have it next year due to a job change last January where I don't travel anymore.
--Free checked bags: I never check bags unless I'm going on a really long trip, which is almost always international, and checked bags are free on those anyways
--Early boarding: slight benefit for carry-on storage purposes but I won't be longing for it when it's gone.
--Upgrades: really depends on where you are flying to. It's fairly common to get it on shorter, regional flights but first class seats usually get purchased on the longer flights from my experience, so it's rare that you get to realize this benefit on a meaningful flight
--Exit row: I'm not a tall guy so I don't care
--Security line: half the airports don't manage the security line properly anyways, or they don't have a true "frequent traveler" security line. Plus, DCA is really quick like 95% of the time anyways, so it doesn't have much of a use.
I'm also guessing that you reached Silver status? So 30 segments?
Longer flights you will get bumped down the upgrade pecking order by people with Gold status.
Yeah I switched jobs in March and travel a good bit lately.
How do the upgrades work? I feel like most of the flights i take are pretty full. Do I have to ask for the upgrades? Or do they happen automatically?
[Unjustified kneejerk attack]I'd prefer if Mohammad Atta was your pilot.[/Unjustified kneejerk attack]
"And I try to har-mo-nize with songs the lonesome sparrow sings...
There are no kings inside the Gates of Eden."
Silver status, yeah. Not 30 segments though, 25,000 miles.
OMG DIXONOWNSYOU MAKES FUN OF 9/11!
They happen automatically, but it doesn't hurt to ask when you get to the airport sometimes. Usually you'll get an email within a day or 2 of check-in to tell you that you've been upgraded.
SWA A-List here. I heart the security line jump SO much.
Sweet. I have flights to St. John and Las Vegas coming up. Hopefully one of those lands me an upgrade of some sort. Though I'm already in an exit row aisle for Vegas. For FREE.
I like how most of these perks are just shit that used to be free for everyone...checked bags! exit rows! OMG!
OK, now that dixonownsyou has weighed in, I'm going to have to withdraw my good tidings so that I don't lose my spot in the circle jerk.
Don't know about USAir, but for me (Northwest silver status for four years in the mid-00s) it was automatic. Sometimes I would think I had a normal seat until I'd get called to the desk at the gate and handed my new first-class boarding pass, other times I would get notified right when I checked in at the kiosk.
Some of that may have had to do with me flying to undesirable destinations at undesirable times (not many people fly to Rapid City on a Monday afternoon in late February), so some of it will depend on where you're going and when. If the flights are really full or to heavily traveled places it might not be worth as much for you as it was for me.
Silver Status won't get you too many upgrades, should get you past security in most airports though (i think silver is enough for that).
And depending on what city you're flying out of, there may be no upgrades available on long flights because big local companies that allow biz or first travel have bought all the seats. In Cincy with Delta, P&G, Cintas, and GE all allow biz class on flights over certain lengths, so there are never any upgrades available.
With USAir, I would guess you'd run into that in Pitts, Philly, and Charlotte.
Damn. My flights have all been pretty full...LA, Orange County, Austin, Phoenix, Chicago, and I'm sure I'm leaving something else out in there but I feel like they're always fucking full. THere can't be that many people going to Las Vegas at 8:30am on a Sunday though so I feel good about that one.
but you have such supple hands
This is true. I _never_ got upgraded on flights to or from Detroit because it was such a big Northwest hub.
Cincy is just a nightmare in general to fly in and out of.
Can you pick when you fly? I used to like to fly on Sunday afternoons or evenings outside of NFL season. Those are usually low travel periods.
Not anymore. Delta has pretty much pulled out. That place is a ghost town now.
Is it still like $9 million to get a roundtrip ticket in and out of there from DCA?
Depends on the type of trip.
I think they're down to three non-stops a day from DCA and one from IAD. My brother is a million miler on Delta and he flies out of Dayton and Louisville now for the most part.
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