Here is one person's plea not to allow status to interfere with guest treatment!
great article. However, I do not agree that TREATMENT was at issue. I believe the person was simply asking that the basic level of service be equal. case in point, of course 12 people in first class will get 'serviced' more often than the 120 in coach. simple numbers.... the person also acknowledged acknowledged 'elite' members should receive above and beyond treatment. at least, that is how I read the article....
Steppingstones, and probably other Insiders as well, the only time I was in a 1st class seat was in the "old" days when, if in uniform, we could fly military stand-by at one half of coach fare. If there was an empty seat up front, a GI usually got it, courtesy of one of the nice stewardesses. Can you imagine how many of the free Beam and coke's I, at the time an E-3, drank between SFO and ATL upon return from SE Asia? No more military stand by, and empty seats in 1st class are rare.
Where do you want to go? How about Pittsburgh! We can fly a circle around the city in first class, and then I will be back home. Renaissance w/upgrades, then off to DoubleDays! LOL!
Actually the key to my first class upgrades is through the AMEX Black Centurion Card. I get Gold Preferred automatically on 3 different airlines, which then continually carry over based on The STAR Alliance to a large number of other airlines. A whooping $7500 annual fee a year though. I am still Grandfathered at $2500 for being a first year member. Do a Google search and you will see what I mean....try American Express "Centurion" or "black card". This is a serious card to help benefit all travelers. It is specifically travel related, and I think is by invite only.
I had the predecessor card when I was flying all the time Al, it was the "double secret probation" Platinum from AMEX that gave me lounge access and guaranteed FC seats within 72 hours. I could bump everyone but the Pass Plus folks (who are Sehr häufig fliers),this makes sense and I suppose can be considered a business expense for taxes?
Other than me, you are the first person I have met who has a "Centurion, Black Card". I have been a AMEX cardholder since 1973, and really wish Marriott did more promotions with AMEX. I use mine for both travel, dining reservations and getting good seats at various shows or events. Today I got some seats to Crosby, Stills and Nash via AMEX and I don't really know much about them, but I will save that for another post!
Thanks for all you fine posts, AL!
Thank you very much for your generous post, Jerry!
Yes. Us Centurion card holders are few and far between. You really have to be a member to understand all of the true travel benefits, but if you travel a lot, they are certainly worthwhile. I am just so happy I was grandfathered in terms of the annual fee. The new cost is a bit outrageous.
Please let me know about how the CSN concert turns out. I would love to see that one. Have seen a lot of great concerts this year though, so I cannot complain too much.
It did always bother me that AMEX and Marriott do not have much of a connection at all. Especially how they do with Starwood, Hilton, and ICG. I think Marriott and AMEX would really benefit from a joint venture, but Marriott really runs a tight ship in terms of getting points. It seems to be either stays, Visa, or the Shopping mall. That is it!
I still have about a million Hilton points just lying around (and be sure I add at least a point a year as they will expire) but they are easy to get. I even have a yahoo search toolbar which gives me like 2 points per 3 searches or something to that effect. Also, many airlines transfer to Hilton, but I do not know of any that do Marriott. Do you? If you do, please let me know. That is why Marriott points are so precious and rare, like gemstones (or old coins! LOL!)
Thanks for all your fine posts, Jerry!
Jerry, they cranked the price up years ago, unless you were Grandfathered like the 2 of us were. Thank goodness! I do not know if I would have stayed if they raised my price to the new one. It would have been a tough call!
Marriott & AMEX combo would be idea. I have thought that for years, but no real progress in that area, unfortunately.
They may be able to, but I have my doubts. Why don't you call them directly as well as Delta and ask. It's funny how some of these things work. Brokers control so many events that it is really a frustrating racket at times to get tickets for simple venues.
Good luck, and let us know how it turns out.
No kidding. That's why I love the A380's so much. It's like flying a luxury hotel. All of the first class mates are in their 'suites,' the business class are settled in their 'upgraded rooms,' and the rest of us are relegated to sitting in the 'lobby,' but oh what a spacious and well appointed 'lobby.' Wish there were more A380's. Flying home from Rome in one this June, and I will thoroughly enjoy my 'lobby' seat. Plus there is an fitness room (spacious area in the back of the plane at the foot of the spiral staircase! )