I Need 100,000 Miles and 50 Nights to Requalify for Elite Status

Today is the most democratic (small d) day of the year in travel. That’s because it’s January 1, and everyone’s elite status counters get reset to zero (except for those squirrely foreign programs that have membership years based on the date you joined).

I have exactly the same number of elite qualifying miles and nights as everyone else today.

No matter the hundreds of thousands of miles and elite qualifying miles in 2017, or the more than 100 elite qualifying nights in hotels, I have to start from scratch. None of it matters any more, with regard to qualifying for status next year.

And that always reminds me of a 15 year old post by IndustrialPatent called “Need 75,000 miles for Platinum Elite” a snippet of which is below:

Need 75,000 Miles for Platinum Elite

Questions from an NW Newbie:

Can you help me? I need 75,000 Miles in order to achieve Platinum Elite status with Northwest. I want to acquire these miles quickly (by the end of the year) and for as little as possible (no more than $250). I prefer to not to fly, but when I do I want a between seat on America West/British Airways. Thanks!

ITN.net is showing my flight tomorrow as sold out. Can I call NW and ask for a voucher? If so, can I also get a refund for the original ticket? Or will I have to actually fly?

How is Northwest’s World Business Class? Is it better than Southwest’s?

How do I claim PacMan points instead of WorldPerks miles?

If I dial and use 10-10-220 from the in-flight phone, will I save?

Should I ask for a voucher or free ticket if the guy who used the lavatory before me p’d all over the seat and/or didn’t flush? What if he happened to be the pilot?

What’s the address in which I can write NW in order to receive a comp for my FBI: Federal Breast Inspector status?

What kind of alcohol does NW serve in WBC? Will it taste good with my Valium?

When will NW replace their DC-9s, DC-10s and B742s? Will they replace them with planes that have MagicFlush(tm)?

Will Jesse Ventura personally greet me each time I disembark at [Minneapolis]?

Can you help me? I need 100,000 miles in order to achieve Executive Platinum status with American. I want to acquire these miles quickly (by the end of January) and for as little as possible (no more than $250). I prefer to not fly, but when I do I want a first class award seat on Singapore Airlines. Thanks!

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 InsideFlyer.com, 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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  1. My accounts are not resetting today as I have Lifetime elite status with Marriott Platinum; Starwood Platinum and Hyatt Globalist so I’m set for life with them. Not to mention Lifetime at Qantas (Gold) and British Airways Gold. Now working on getting Asiana Airlines Star gold Lifetime along with Hilton Lifetime Diamond (these should be completed in the next 3 years). Yippy!

  2. My plan for the year: I’m switching my loyalty from Delta to Alaska/Virgin. But I’m not going to try hard to make status on any airline. I purchase first class tickets. If one purchases first class there isn’t much value in status – at least not on Delta. My miles and my upgrades were not enough to get me a business class trip to Europe when I wanted it. I wound up getting a good business class fare on another airline. I quit United Airlines after flying 2 million miles with them and now I’m quitting Delta after three years of Platinum status. So my plan for the year is to take the best flight for the best fare – and loyalty be damned.

    My hotel plan is sightly different. I made lifetime Platinum status with Marriott/Starwood. I’m getting close to lifetime Globalist with Hyatt. The lifetime with Marriott/Starwood has opened up a lot of flexibility for me. I’ve added Omni to my list of potential stays. Their “Black” status level is terrific.

    After all this travel I still look forward to a trip – and I’m anticipating another great year of travel. Thanks for all the tips you’ve provided.

  3. I never had the great levels of status mentioned about. I managed to attain GOLD on Delta for a couple of years, due primarily to business travel. Maybe, someday in the future, my business travel will pick up again in this age of “Go To Meetings.”

    That said, I dropped down to Silver the last two years and ended 2017 with 30,000ish MQMs and about $400 short on MQDs. So I could have made 2018 Silver if not for the MQDs. Delta sent me an offer of $495 for 2,000 miles and Silver for 2018, but I couldn’t really justify it. Silver doesn’t get me much and I’d still only be about 10,000 MQMs (rollover) ahead for 2018.

    Oh well…

  4. I have lifetime AAdvantage platinum status, aftet 3 million miles accumulated. I think all it gets me is priority boarding and a kick in the backside now.

  5. American requires more than 100,000 miles, i. e. $12,000 elite qualifying dollars which can be lowered through credit card spend to as little as $6,000. One good thing about Sky Miles is rollover Medallion Qualifying Miles. In 2018, I need no miles to maintain Diamond status just a way to meet the $15,000 spend requirement. Putting $250,000 spend on a delta amex card is a non starter. So it will be flights in business class on partners.

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