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  1. You say “don’t ever count on getting one”, but that’s not true; it’s totally route dependent. My dad gets upgraded as a silver all the time on flights like ICTATL and MDTATL and often there are empty F seats. Now I know by definition that less people fly these routes, but I think it would be helpful to note it’s route specific. With a little work and research, your readers might find routes and timings that do get them a shot at an upgrade.

  2. 3000 bonus miles on Air Canada for flying 12 segments? Seriously? I can earn 3000 bonus miles by not having the maid clean my room 6 nights at Starwood Hotels. This isn’t an interesting bonus.

    3000 miles? Worth what 60 bucks? So you’d have to spend 12 x $250 or so = $3,000 dollars say to earn 60 bucks worth of bonus? What’s that? 2%?

  3. Incorrect math, Glenn. First off, a segment != roundtrip flight. If you have two connections each way (which is generally easy to accomplish with AC fares), that’s six segments per RT. If each RT costs $300, that’s $60 rebate on $600 in spend. However, your best bet is 25 segments for $1250 which gets you 15k miles, a $300 rebate by your calculation.

  4. Thanks Hans. Appreciate the correction. Of course its still all theoretical. And I stand by my contention that a bonus of 3,000 Air Canada miles isn’t worth the level of effort required here.

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