American Airlines CEO Touts His Frequent Flyer Cred, But Wouldn’t Earn Executive Platinum Status

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  • American Airlines CEO Doug Parker wouldn’t quite earn Executive Platinum status on a run rate basis, using pandemic qualifying criteria (based on his 100 American Airlines segments in 14 months).

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    The “Sweet Escape” room is decked out in donut bedding, donut pillows, donut wallpaper, donut artwork, and, of course, dozens of actually edible donuts to enjoy during your stay. In addition, guests will be treated to immersive experiences like a donut wake-up call, an in-room coffee and donut decorating bar, and a tour at one of the original Duck Donuts stores in Duck, North Carolina.

    Guests may also place a customized donut order via their dedicated donut concierge. The concierge arranges a wake up call that will bring fresh coffee and donuts in the morning — because that’s how to start your day off right.

    There will also be lots of donut-themed souvenirs to take home, including branded beach towels, a reusable beach cooler and tote bag, branded koozies, cups, coupons, and more. If you also take a trip to the pool, you’ll get to lounge in luxury on a donut-shaped float.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. The absurd AA bashing continues. No top-level exec qualifies via segments. They are qualified well before hitting the segment threshold.

  2. I would rank nurses somewhere above flight attendants in the “who had it worse during COVID” sweepstakes

  3. I feel sad for you Gary.

    Clearly you’re a smart guy, well connected, and informed. But during the pandemic, the tone of your writing has shifted, and not in the direction of psychological health.

    Reminiscent of this classic Simpsons meme:

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