Congratulations to Naif, the winner of yesterday’s oneworld MegaDo Giveaway! I guess I should also congratulate DFW, LAX, and Miami. All three airports tied as readers’ favorite American Airlines Cornerstone hub.
The other day I was on a flight and I’m sitting in an exit row seat, the middle seat next to me was empty, and there’s a guy sitting next to the window.
So I ask him if he’s on a mileage run and he tells me yes and we start to talk about how many elite qualifying miles he’s racked up this year.
There’s a guy standing across the aisle from us that hears what we’re talking about and he joins in on the conversation. He tells us he’s been on that same 737 multiple times and that he was beginning to recognize some of the other mileage runners. He kept running into some of them in airport and up in the air.
We exit the airplane and the first guy (shout out to K!) had a tight turnaround so he headed off to catch a flight.
So the second guy and I head off to the food court to get something to eat.
Later I find out that he’s the blogger behind The Frequent Flyer Collector and that he’s on a quest to earn Executive Platinum.
He’s making use of the system wide Double Elite Qualifying Miles offer and by the end of the month he will have been on 9 trips and will be within 5,000 miles of reaching his goal. He’ll probably make Executive Platinum just after the first of February!
We talk about the Double Elite Qualifying Miles promotion and whether or not American will extended it after it expires at the end of the month. He doesn’t think it will, but he does think that we may see it come back later in the year.
If I had to guess, I’d say that he’s probably right. I think American will wait and see what happens to travel demand before they rush off and extend it.
Of course, that hasn’t stopped people from speculating. There’s even this mysterious promo code being discussed in a thread on one of the forums. There’s absolutely no reason to believe that’s it legit, so don’t go and book any February mileage runs just yet.
So, that brings us to today’s giveaway.
To celebrate the first ever oneworld MegaDo, I’m giving away a different prize in a random drawing each day this week!
Even if you’re not going to the oneworld MegaDo, this your chance to win some AAdvantage Geek gear.
To enter, all you have to do is post your answer to this question in the comments section.
Do you think American will extend the current system wide Double Elite Qualifying Miles promotion?
There’s not right or wrong answer. Just submit your choice. I’ll have a random drawing in the morning and the winner will be announced tomorrow. One entry per person. The deadline to enter is tonight at 11:59PM Pacific.
I know of two other bloggers that will also be giving away some oneworld MegaDo related prizes.
The Weekly Flyer over at Points, Miles & Martinis is sponsoring a contest with prizes for people participating in the MegaDo and as well as prizes for those that aren’t attending. Today is the last day to enter.
AJ from Live from a Loung is also offering a reader contest. So stop by his blog today for chance to win some cool MegaDo related prizes.
Gary Leff is going to be busy this week. In addition to writing his View from the Wing blog, he’s going to be moonlighting over at the Official oneworld MegaDo blog and Tweeting from the events:
I’ll also be live tweeting from @OWMegaDO. Follow that twitter feed for all the live updates, including insights gleaned from airline execs and aircraft manufacturers over the course of the trip. If you’re going to be on the trip, or want to follow others that are, use or search the hash tag #OWMegaDO.
Don’t forget that you can also follow along with these bloggers. They’ll also be providing event coverage:
Points, Miles & Martinis,
Deals We Like,
Miles from Blighty,
AJ from Live from a Lounge,
Gary from a View from the Wing,
Rick the Frugal Travel Guy
Brian The Points Guy,
Eric M. the new Official AAdvantage Mega VIP Video Blogger.
Good luck in the drawing!!