A video is making the rounds, Free Business Class Upgrades, everytime.
It’s basically an explanation of elite status, and tells you that you need to fly a lot on one airline in order to get upgraded.
Here’s the thing though. It makes broad, sweeping claims — many of which are wrong.
The example in the video is American Airlines.
The narrator proclaims, “If you don’t fly a lot you’ll always be stuck in the back”
- Not quite true, there are companion upgrades (you know someone who flies a lot), there are mileage upgrades (just spend money on your credit card, plus a cash co-pay). There are ways up front that don’t involve being a 100,000 mile flyer.
“Status is earned by one metric and one metric only, elite qualifying miles”
- Umm… no.. American has both elite qualifying miles and elite qualifing points, the latter is a separate metric that adjusts how much you fly by the types of fares you purchase. Either one can earn you status.
Finally, there’s the claim that you can’t earn qualifying miles any other way than flying, and specifically that you can’t earn them with a credit card.
- Except… you can earn elite qualifying miles through spend. On the Citi Executive AAdvantage card.
Cute, and at least more substantively correct than much of what you reach about upgrades I suppose.
(HT: chanp on Milepoint)