Wrapped up my 90-day status-match challenge on Monday, and while segment 14 was a glorious F-class 787 flight to Houston from Los Angeles, segment 15 was a lowly United Express coach-only Embraer 145 back to Wichita. Of course it had only one FA, who frankly didn't look very impressive to just see him, though as the flight proceeded it was clear he knew what he was doing. But one detail impressed me. I was way back in exit-row 12, and when he was serving drinks from his cart, he did not have his manifest with him, so there was no "cheat sheet." When he got to me I asked for a non-alcoholic beverage and no snack box, but then added "for future use, could you please tell me if United Express accepts just cash or just credit cards?" He said credit cards, but then politely questioned why I had asked. "Because I'm in the process of switching over from American and with them it's cards-only on mainline, but cash-only on Eagle." He immediately nodded and said in the days of the old Continental Express it used to be that way with his company too, but now, no: with the regionals as well as the mainline it's cards-only. He added that if it were his call to make, they'd take both. But then, he said: "how long has it been since you switched over to United? I noticed you are already 'Gold' with us." Way back in Row 12, with no manifest to cheat, it really impressed me he had studied it, and remembered it, even down to the third-tier elites. So, after explaining how the temporary 90-day status match challenge worked -- I told him how impressed I was. "Well, I always try to seek out our best customers. It would be more impressive if I remembered your name, all I can recall is that it is six letters." I told him it was "Murray," and for the rest of the flight he never once failed to use it. And as I walked off into the Wichita Jet Bridge, it was "thanks, Mr. Murray, we'll seeya next time now." As I say, small point, but boy, I don't recall this ever happening back in an exit row of an Eagle Embraer !