AA 1K Match - Worth it to a SFO local?

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  1. ClarkyBoy
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    Hi All,

    long time 1K holder, very disgruntled with post-merger UA. Just a total mess.

    Anyway, i'm interested in the AA match program, but wondered if anyone here is an SFO local and what the general feeling of flying TATL and everywhere else not originating from an AA hub.

    One benefit for UA in SFO - is lots of availability.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks!

    ClarkyBoy
     
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    Can't speak to your question directly, but i just got home from an overnight night trip to San Fran and i can say the AA staff was very nice at SFO. (The Admirals club was also nice with staff to match).
     
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    You might want to talk to tom911, who lives in the Bay Area and moved back to AA after the Prem Gold RDM bonus drop to 50%. He seems happy with it.

    Me? I can't imagine that AA would work for me at this time. Just doesn't fit where I want to go from SFO, and my time is precious and I can't afford to spend time connecting through DFW on many trips. Once I reach UA MM status, I expect to have a bit more flexibility, and I might diversify and focus more on redeeming and less on earning/maintaining status. For now I am passing on the status match -- I don't see that I'd have any use for the 8 eVIPs by Feb 2013.
     
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    Good number of connecting flights to ORD and DFW from SFO. +1 on the AC and staff in SFO. :)

    BTW, AA's domestic F product is better than UA's imho.
     
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    It's not like you can trade it on TOBB for stuff... ;)
     
  6. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    I know, but AA isn't giving them away so we can sell them.

    Let's see... we feel that UA doesn't value us as passengers, and so we turn around, match to AA, and then abuse their generosity for personal profit. Yeah.... not going to do that.
     
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    Good for you then for being part of that 1%...
     
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  8. ClarkyBoy
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    Thanks all. Tom911 - thoughts? :)
     
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    The AA staff (and, thanks to VX, Terminal 2 as a whole) are quite nice, but I just can't take AA's presence at SFO seriously these days -- because they don't.

    This is an airline that used to fill more planes to Hawaii every day out of SFO than they have gates at present.
     
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    I've been EXP at AA for 11 years and love it. Have cleared 100% systemwides off peak including my curent Ireland trip, and 100% on domestic upgrades this year 34/34. UA was my backup program and I walked away when they devalued the benefits of 1MM. Just can't live with the drop in bonus miles from 100% To 50%.

    If you're a heavy Asia/Australia traveler be careful of partner flights which can accrue zero or 50% Base miles. Workaround there is the AA codeshare which accrues at 100%.

    Tom in Belfast
     
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    AA may pull the current 1K status match any second. It comes with 8 systemwides from the reports I've read. I'd do the match now and worry about everything else later. Big question would be if you can requalify in 8 months on miles or points which are based on fare class and can you live with connectng flights to get where you're going. You won't see all those nonstops you have at UA.
     
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    Filling the planes doesn't mean they were profitable. ;)

    Not disagreeing with your assessment of SFO in AA's eyes, though.
     
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    and the non-stops are my biggest issue and while I might try it out - probably won't work long term. I hate stop-overs :)
     
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    I believe they were at that time, though the market changed in the last few years, sadly.
     
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    I've always heard the opposite, actually. Odd.
     
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    But even if those flights on their own weren't very profitable, their draw-down at SFO has made AA pretty much a non-option for me.
     
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    I mentioned above that I certainly don't see SFO as a great place for AA fliers. Just like UA isn't really an option for anyone in DFW or MIA. We're all victims of our geography.
     
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    I'm talking 2003-2005, based on info I had while working at a wholesaler. We did book a lot more United, though.

    2003 was the year that one of the Fairmonts closed their waitlist for Christmas at 500 people, though, so it seemed an exceptional time. Air was so hard to come by at any price that we were quoting private jets....
     
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    Do wholesalers have information on the yield vs just the price of seats? I've always been curious about the best ways to determine how profitable routes are.
     
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    I don't know, I just remember an AA rep saying those routes were very good for their bottom line. Profit, of corse, has lots of confounding factors.
     

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