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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.