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Yesterday I wrote about the Oneworld Mega Do and urged everyone to buy tickets ASAP. Well, it opened up to the public this morning and tickets sold out in 23 minutes! So, which TPG readers are going on the trip?
If you didn’t get in on this, I will be giving away a seat next to me in the exit row of the domestic portion of the itinerary, so stay tuned for those details. If you did get in on it, there are a couple really valuable AA and Hyatt promos.
What has me really interested is the AAdvantage Elite status promotion, where all Megado participants can fly a certain (low) threshold of miles and get the equivalent AA status. Big caveat – you need to currently have status in order to be eligible to get the AA status. For example, you need to have top tier (United 1k or Delta Diamond) in order to be able to challenge to Executive Platinum.
- There’s no fee.
- It’s based on miles flown, not points.
- Gold is just 5000 miles, Platinum 10,000, and Executive Platinum 20,000
- This can even be used to re-qualify for status (an existing American Executive Platinum who is also a United 1K could use this to maintain their Executive Platinum status)
Travel between October 9 and January 13 will count, even flights taken before you register for the challenge. Of course, you are only eligible to challenge the status level that you have in a competing program (e.g. a United 1K can challenge to American Executive Platinum, a Delta Silver can challenge to American Gold).
While I love my Delta Diamond status, I am going to take advantage of this challenge and get American Executive Platinum, since I will get 8 supervaluable systemwide upgrades that will allow me to upgrade pretty much any fare class to business class, pending availability. As a frequent NYC/LAX/Miami flyer, I am going to give AA a shot and may even switch to them if my experience is positive. I’ll outline the entire pros and cons of the top tier statuses as part of my current Elite Status Series.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
- Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
- No foreign transaction fees
- 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
- No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards