Spend 4000 Miles for Elite Status

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  1. 4000 Garuda miles doesn’t work to upgrade even to the base SkyTeam Elite status, since it only takes a person from Garuda Blue to Silver. Garuda Silver status means nothing to the SkyTeam alliance in terms of elite status. Garuda Gold is 20,000 miles for those with Garuda Silver status, but that just gets the base SkyTeam Elite status.

  2. 53k miles to go from nothing to Garuda Platinum? That’s less than $26.5k of spend on the Citi card for some. Could be worth it for the SkyTeam ElitePlus status.

  3. Unions suck. They are legalized extortion, nothing more. If your skills aren’t valued in the free market, then go get some training or go back to school. Extorting companies to force them to pay you more than you are worth is not the answer. These kind of efforts to undermine their customer relationship (as with AA mechanics) should result in termination on the spot.

    The whale story is hilarious. So environmentalists believe humans should cease use of all fossil fuels, but whales don’t have to?

  4. They are legalized extortion, nothing extra. If your abilties aren’t valued in the free market, then go get some education or pass back to school. Extorting organizations to pressure them to pay you more than you’re worth isn’t the solution.

  5. That Garuda link, when translated, indicates that you can reach the highest status for 53,000 miles. For that, you get these SkyTeam Elite Plus benefits:

    Guaranteed full-fare Y-class reservation on sold-out long-haul flights, at least 24 hours prior to departure.
    Access to airport lounges worldwide, whatever the class of travel, for members in possession of a boarding pass, accompanied by a guest.

    I think that for some people, it might be worth it just for the Delta/Air France/KLM lounge access.

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