The Upgrade Travel blog takes on Joe Sharkey’s New York Times declaration that he’s done with airline elite status.
Upgrade Travel blog grants that status isn’t as meaningful as it once was (I wouldn’t grant such a thing, actually), but points out the obvious — the problem isn’t elite status per se, the problem is that Continental doesn’t deliver the goods.
- My Star Alliance Gold status still gets me access to nice lounges around the globe, ability to reserve the better economy seats (without a fee a la Northwest), higher baggage allowances, faster checkin, and shorter waits at security lines. (Not to mention the bonus miles, which he says he can’t use.)
And if Joe has problems redeeming awards on Continental (who doesn’t, Skyteam offers poor availability more or less across the board) then his elite status would mean much faster mileage earning — enough to buy out of capacity controls. So elite status, if nothing else, should help with award redemption.
It’s easy to become disillusioned, but comparisons should be made against the relevant alternative. If the choice is elite status or general member, it’s a no brainer. And if the choice is, say, top tier elite status with Continental or Delta… or top tier elite status with American or United… another no brainer.