Elite Status

Ever wonder if there is really a divide between men and women when it comes to the use of frequent flyer miles? Mark Ellwood seems to think so.

Unless you travel extensively for business (corporate or personal), it is highly unlikely that you will chalk up much miles. Either that or you are extremely conscentious about which credit card you charge to. But to chalk up the equivalent of “gold” or “diamond” elite status, it sure makes you a cash cow to the airlines (or banks) as Mark points out.

We make it our religion to use our miles rather than “saving” it. While most programs do not have expiry on their miles, the Kris Flyer program has a 3-year expiration on miles earned. Thus even if you earned 50,000 miles per year (to reach elite gold) or spend S$25,000 on business class ticket fares (to join PPS club), you will lose them eventually if not redeemed. Sure, you can extend the expiry for 6 months…by the way PPS stands for Priority passenger service. Not such an extraordinary title for elite status huh? That’s why it’s always called PPS club. The full name is not likely to inspire.

Just so you know, to be eligible to join the PPS club you need to BE AN AIRLINE CASH COW and then aspire to climb yet another level of status – Solitaire, the ‘highest’ for high flyers (no pun intended)…ie be the cow for 5 years consecutively.

It’s an abbatoir out there.

In our time on the program we have been PPS members on and off and redeemed more than a million miles (Melvin), >200k miles (Suan) for flights  from economy to first class. The 36 tickets we have redeemed so far probably saved us ~S$50k in fares. Have to mention the use of the lounges around the world, the priority boarding and definitely more kilos for our bags…Not too bad a way to fund a pseudo YOLO life!

Yeah the airline is cutting back we think, as we’ve noticed in the amenities onboard + in the lounges. It did not help that the last couple of years were loss making for the airlines in general. We think the juxtapose will only widen, as airlines develope means to discern and maximize revenue from the preferences of each passenger. Even their best paying ones.

It might pay to actually NOT be a loyal flyer with specific airline(s). Unfortunate though miles are not transferable across them. Perhaps this would be something the airlines would consider someday?

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

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