A former producer of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette took an end of year mileage run and wound up in a Mexican prison. Many people were calling into questions details of his story but most of it actually checks out.
Andrew Kimmel said he needed $275 elite qualifying dollars for status with American Airlines so he flew to Mexico for the night, planning to return to Los Angeles on December 31. He went out drinking on his one night in Cabo, and says he was the victim of a scam where he was massively overcharged for his beer. He claimed:
- That the cops were in on the scam
- That he was thrown in jail
- His passport was taken – and not returned
- He was bailed out by a Kenyan woman
- Who kissed him in the airport and offered to spend the night with him if he didn’t make it out of the country
I verified with American Airlines that he was put on a later flight home, traveling to Los Angeles via Phoenix when he missed the non-stop, and that Customs and Border Protection authorized his flying without a passport.
Kimmel reached out to me and let me know there was one detail of the story I had gotten wrong though. All this wasn’t even to renew his Executive Platinum (100,000 mile) status. He was mileage running to make Platinum Pro (75,000 mile status).
That makes the whole adventure even more ridiculous. He bought a ticket, rented a car, was charged $300 at Urban bar and spent the night in a Mexican prison – and all he got was Platinum Pro status.
I did not have 125K EQMs nor was I $250 short of the $15K EQDs for EP status. I realize reading back that I mentioned “maintaining status” and can see why you wrote this.
…[I] was sending each tweet as a stream of consciousness without proofing it, so apologies if there was confusion.
My goal was hitting Platinum Pro, seeing as the new $15K threshold set by AA for EP status is now nearly impossible for an independent contractor like myself to get 🙁
Platinum at American is a sweet spot. It means confirming extra legroom coach seats at booking. Unless Kimmel can sell it as a movie I don’t think the trip was worth it for Platinum Pro.