American Airlines AAdvantage changed their program yesterday, and while the revenue based earning isn’t great, it was their introduction of Elite Qualifying Dollars that makes it just to hard for me to justify continuing to chase elite status.
After much consideration, and staring at yellow painted walls, I’ve come to the conclusion that there is only one answer. Spirit Airlines.
Why Spirit Airlines?
You see, Spirit Airlines has it all. They have cheap fares–so cheap, that they have no problem putting it all out there for everyone to see.
Furthermore, I can buy whatever extras I want. Yeah, it’ll cost more, but, for a few–hundred–extra bucks, I can bring a carry-on bag, have a beverage onboard, and even get a little bit bigger seat–with no middle seat!
Spirit’s Credit Card earns a whopping 2x miles on every purchase! It’ll also let me book miles starting at 5,000 miles!
I can join an exclusive club – the $9 Fare Club, which has tons of benefits, like discounts off bags, and it only costs $59.95! Tiff has more about the program.
While I think I’ve put together a number of excellent reasons that Spirit Airlines is the best of the best, when it comes to remaining frequent flier programs, it is important also to remember that many airlines are more than their frequent flyer programs. The flying experience matters, as Michael learned. Maybe I need to do some more analysis and choose a real program to status match. But hopefully this at least gave ya’ll a good laugh… I mean, me, fly in economy….