I Need 100,000 Miles and 50 Nights to Requalify for Elite Status

Today is the most democratic (small d) day of the year in travel. That’s because it’s January 1, and everyone’s elite status counters get reset to zero (except for those squirrely foreign programs that have membership years based on the date you joined).

I have exactly the same number of elite qualifying miles and nights as everyone else today.

No matter the hundreds of thousands of miles and elite qualifying miles in 2019, or the more than 100 elite qualifying nights in hotels, I have to start from scratch. None of it matters any more, with regard to qualifying for status next year.

And that always reminds me of a 17 year old post by IndustrialPatent called “Need 75,000 miles for Platinum Elite” a snippet of which is below:

Need 75,000 Miles for Platinum Elite

Questions from an NW Newbie:

Can you help me? I need 75,000 Miles in order to achieve Platinum Elite status with Northwest. I want to acquire these miles quickly (by the end of the year) and for as little as possible (no more than $250). I prefer to not to fly, but when I do I want a between seat on America West/British Airways. Thanks!

ITN.net is showing my flight tomorrow as sold out. Can I call NW and ask for a voucher? If so, can I also get a refund for the original ticket? Or will I have to actually fly?

How is Northwest’s World Business Class? Is it better than Southwest’s?

How do I claim PacMan points instead of WorldPerks miles?

If I dial and use 10-10-220 from the in-flight phone, will I save?

Should I ask for a voucher or free ticket if the guy who used the lavatory before me p’d all over the seat and/or didn’t flush? What if he happened to be the pilot?

What’s the address in which I can write NW in order to receive a comp for my FBI: Federal Breast Inspector status?

What kind of alcohol does NW serve in WBC? Will it taste good with my Valium?

When will NW replace their DC-9s, DC-10s and B742s? Will they replace them with planes that have MagicFlush(tm)?

Will Jesse Ventura personally greet me each time I disembark at [Minneapolis]?

Can you help me? I need 100,000 miles in order to achieve Executive Platinum status with American. I want to acquire these miles quickly (by the end of January) and for as little as possible (no more than $250). I prefer to not fly, but when I do I want a first class award seat on Singapore Airlines. Thanks!

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  1. Problem with American is not that I need 100k miles, rather I don’t want to spend the $13000 just to get me FREE upgrade.

  2. It is still not democratic – the pain of the 100k miles is better with some (still free) upgrades as an EXP, while trying to do that from scratch is no joke.
    And whether you are truly idiotic in giving your own 15k money to AA versus traveling on other peoples dime is the real differentiator in this “democracy”

  3. I have advice. Start early. Plan a few flights in January. I already have 3 flights planned.

  4. OK so this is self serving but; for a number of years I have been Delta Gold and prior to the merger with NW I was NW Black which was awesome. Now I’m in my mid 70’s and not as intense in flying so I roll into no status (from Gold in 2018). So I’m thinking that Delta should have some elite status for loyal seasoned citizens as a thank you for the long term loyalty. Guess I’m still in shock because all of a sudden I’m just a peon. As I said, it’s self serving

  5. Every January 1 I am grateful I have almost 3 million miles each on American and Delta so am Platinum (American) and Gold (Delta) for life so don’t have to chase miles to book preferred seats and preboard (upgrades are real iffy at these levels). Not Executive Platinum (which I am based on 2018 travel) or Diamond but beats not having to ever worry about losing status

  6. Other Just Saying says: January 1, 2019 at 4:24 pm I have advice. Start early. Plan a few flights in January. I already have 3 flights planned.

    I too have flights planned booked and paid in Jan (2 in J to Europe from PHL) and Feb (1 in PE to NZ and 1 to Utah). Fine for EQMs, but I note that my EQD have also been set to zero, even though I have not yet flown these flights. My EQD for 2018 was 20160 so maybe not so bad for upgrades. Fortunately I have held back from booking flights for later in the year so as to get the 2019 credit card spend for 10k EQM and (now I know), the 2019 EQD …

  7. Agree w/ Fathiss, but if true in the slightest, why are you even bothering to try for any status on American again this year? You carry on all the time about how great Delta is, so why aren’t you focusing your efforts there?

  8. I’m off to a good start this year.
    R/T in J this month from MIA-SYD-AKL-MIA.
    For the rest of the year? Who knows.

  9. Still it’s not wrong… Every January 1st, looking at that 0-0-0 I feel like the Dukes in Trading Places when all their money is gone… ” Turn those machines back on!!! ‘

  10. Gary – I actually already have more Marriott nights than you. The Marriott site says I only need 50 nights for Ambassador status 🙂


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