Minimum spend seems to be coming for each status level

Discussion in 'Air Canada | Aeroplan' started by guinnessxyz, Jun 19, 2013.  |  Print Topic

  1. Both Delta and now UA have instituted minimum spend to reach each level in their FF programs.
    To get the equivalent of SE a minimum spend of $10K will be required and it goes down to $2.5K for prestige equivalent.

    Will we see this in time with AC?
     
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    They have already done this by separating the fare difference between Tango (0% AQM in Canada, 50% elsewhere) and Flex (100% AQM). By getting the consumer to purchase Flex tickets if they want to gain Altitude status, this is virtually the same as shifting elite status to a revenue basis.
     
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  3. No real disagreement there but the reason T fares exist is the demand from large Corporate customers who don't want to "pay" for employee loyalty programs. If you , as an employer with an airline annual spend of say $20MM counted the cost of people flying to get status what would you do? AC only responded to a demand in the marketplace from some of their top customers.
     
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    Only applies to Mileage Plus Members whose account address is in the 50 States and DC.

    I'm only 1 RT from Gold already and I'm off to EWR non-stop from YEG in early July!:)
     
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    Yes, as discussed on the UA threads here and on FT, as well as the AC FT thread, so far, residents outside the 50 states and PR are not subject to the rule. That is good news for non-US residents though, who knows if it will stay as policy.

    Congrats on being Gold, sounds like you would prob end up as Plat or 1K by EOY. I have another couple of yrs to 1MM, so hopefully that continues to be Lifetime Gold.
     
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    (bolding mine) exactly/agreed. My money would be on citizens other than US being subjected to minimum spends as well.
     
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    $10K for SE level isn't really a very high bar. Even for someone like me, flying on corporate lowest-fare policies, $10K is way less than my annual spend on AC. All this eliminates is (most of the) people getting status on MRs.
     
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    As has been pointed out in several instances on the UA threads both here and on FT, non-US residents already pay very high fares and I can assure you that as much as I enjoy the service that UA provides to YEG the fares are quite high in comparison to similar length trips and metal in the USA where there is much greater competion.

    In my case, the minimum spend would not be a problem given that I buy a few front cabins out of my own pocket during the course of a year.:cool:
     
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  9. It used to be possible to get SE status for under $10K but pretty hard, but not impossible, to do anymore.
     
  10. I buy 2 or 3 TATL trips for my wife and I on my own dime every year. You are not very unique in that sense as you appear to be stating.
     
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    I think the only reason UA did not put minimum spends on everyone is that DL did not, and I would guess that unless DL does it sometime in the future UA will not, because UA is a follower not a leader.
     
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    Don't worry, you're the only "unique" poster on any board.
     
  13. You should appreciate that uniqueness:D
     
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    Any idea why? Is it because someone outside of the US would be more likely to move to another airline? Or is it some sort of legal reason?
     
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    Currency exchange alone would make that rule more complicated alone outside the US. What exchange rate would you use for that? Given that people living outside the US are likely to easily exceed those minimums anyway, it's probably not worth the trouble.
     
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    One could only speculate (and that is all one can do without specific comment from the powers that be at United) but I suspects a few reasons may come into play including
    1) no similar policy with non US-airlines - United appears to be following DL's policy (US only); they would probably still want to compete with AC, despite being partners in Star Alliance
    2) as tomh009, given the costs in Canada, similar 1Ks are likely to be near that level, and non-US customers may not have the Chase cc option for spend
     
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