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.

Results from Random Drawing

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.  

After we land, the guy grabs his backback from under the seat in front of him, and I happen to notice that he has a milepoint luggage tag on his backpack.

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.

Today’s prize: This American Airlines Seatbelt Keychain. It’s even got a working buckle!

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,
Mommy Points,
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!!

  • Ralph said,

    My guess is probably not.

  • Rebecca said,

    Lord I hope so! I think they will extend it until February 29 in honor of Leap Year.

  • Sandeep said,

    I doubt it. I do expect it to return later in the year though.

  • Paul said,

    I doubt that they’ll extend it because they run the risk of appearing to devalue the program. But I hope that they bring it back soon!

  • jonny said,

    They will wait and offer again later in the year. Nothing in February as they want to judge normal demand.

  • TheBeerHunter said,

    Probably not…but you never know :)

    But seriously — if you couldn’t get status with all the DEQM offerings this year, you’re not really trying very hard!

  • Joseph said,

    God I hope so!

  • Don G said,

    Doubt it, but here’s hoping!

  • SF said,

    I doubt they will extend the current promotion. Perhaps it will make a return later in the year.

  • Jnk said,

    Hopefully! Preferably in fall for my travel plans.

  • Naif said,

    Yes.. Sure will be generating some good revenues ..will help them specially during this bankruptcy period….

  • Jc said,

    I don’t think they will, as it would (at least appear to) devalue the program.

  • wis said,

    Definitely ! They need to do that to try to attract as many FF from other airlines

  • Andy said,

    I doubt it. If it happens, it would be for specific routes

  • Frank said,

    Extend? NO Return? Hopefully. I too have been seeing a lot of Mileage Runners on the the SFO – ORD flights that I have been taking on my way to EXP.

  • Lisa said,

    I would love to say, “Yes” but I’m afraid the promotion will have an end, all too soon.

  • Karung99 said,

    I don’t so

  • Bhumik said,

    I certainly hope so.. i’d love to make an international trip (couple) to requalify for my EP

  • Ted said,

    Most likely not, but probably offer again later in the year.

  • Brad said,

    Doubtful but I would not mind them bringing it back as I would make the jump from Plat to Exec Plat if they do!

  • oneeyejack said,

    i don’t think they will extend it.

  • erndog said,

    I hope so, we’ll see . . .

  • Kyle S said,

    I don’t think they will extend immediately but I am certain they will come out with an offer to celebrate the Olympics and their new trans-Atlantic cooperation with IAG, especially if the merger goes through with BMI.

  • Nicole said,

    I’d love it, but highly doubt it

  • Joediver said,

    Doubtful, but I agree that it will probably be back

  • Jackson said,

    Extend no. Back by popular demand shortly later? Yes.

  • ORD-TGU said,

    Not extended, more targeted offers, end of year systemwide for sure.

  • worldtraveller2 said,


  • Peter said,

    I hope so, but I do not think sp.

  • Ari said,


  • Michael W said,

    I doubt it! B- how is the DO so far?

  • paul said,

    not a chance….. grab it while it lasts!

  • Mark said,

    I sure hope so and if it is in October, so muach better!

  • Alessandra said,

    I don’t think so…

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