Like so many others who travel for business, I’ve been working my way toward Elite status the old-fashioned way: by flying a single airline (or alliance) as much as possible, sometimes giving up better flight times or greater in-flight comfort to get status miles.
That’s for suckers.
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I work for a decent-sized company, and I was speaking with our travel manager about something unrelated when he mentioned that he’d be happy to ask his contact at our preferred airline to bump me up to first-level status. And if I flew another couple of trips, they’d give me mid-level status. Fantastic.
I’m hardly the first person in the universe to benefit from this, but I’d really completely forgotten about just asking because I was so entranced by the game of trying to fly my way to status. Bleh. If you work for a mid-sized or larger company (especially if you’re flying to the same city repeatedly; even more especially if you prefer an airline that does not have a hub in your city), just ask your travel manager if she’ll talk to her contact at the airline and get you status. Sure beats a mileage run to Spokane.