Conflict of Interest Watch, or Where are My Free Perks??

The Times of London is reporting that British Airways is revoking Michael Winner‘s complimentary Gold status after Winner published negative comments about the airline in a newspaper piece.

A spokesman for BA explains: “Mr Winner has a complimentary gold card from British Airways. Given his recent comments, we are sure he won’t be needing it. So we won’t be renewing it. Our message to Michael Winner is: ‘Don’t worry, dear, it’s only a gold card.’ ”

Ok, fair enough, There’s no reason for British Airways to extend you special courtesies if you’re going to trash it in print.

But… wait a minute!

The airline is offering up status, presumably hoping that it will influence your public statements. Shouldn’t that sort of thing be disclosed when you’re commenting publicly on the airline?

And more importantly, why isn’t British Airways extending complimentary Gold status to me so that I’ll write nice things about it? My current Silver status will be expiring in April, so please hurry up BA!

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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