Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

December 17 2011

SAVE YOUR ELITE FLYER STATUS WHILE YOU CAN

Alicia Leonard

It's crunch time for top-tier frequent fliers. On Jan. 1, miles that count toward elite status automatically reset to zero on most airlines. That means fliers who weren't able to collect enough miles or trip segments to maintain their spot in the frequent flier pecking order - typically between 25,000 and 125,000 miles a year, or 30 and 140 segments, depending on the airline - will lose some, or all, of their beloved perks.

Because of this, December has traditionally sparked a mad dash by frequent flier fanatics to preserve their ability to board first and get upgrades and other privileges, by topping off their accounts through so-called mileage runs - flying back and forth between, say, Newark and Seattle via Houston on a single day, just for the miles.

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