I enter 2021 with top-tier status on both American Airlines and United Airlines as well as with Hyatt. But where I end 2021 is an open question…and at this point I’m in no rush to make a decision.
Elite Status In 2021?
Obviously, I’d love to keep top-tier status with all three programs. Each are highly-valuable in their own respect and make the travel experience so much easier.
But if you haven’t noticed, much of the world is still off-limits to travel, particularly leisure travel. Furthermore, my business has changed and beyond blog review trips, I do not plan on many business trips in 2021.
And so I’m left with this dull pain that it will be my last year having top-tier status with any airline for the foreseeable future.
As for Hyatt, it will only take 30 nights to re-qualify for Globalist status this year and I will easily do that. In fact, I still hope to somehow hit 60, though we’ll have to wait and see what transpires on the pandemic front. And despite my affinity for airline status, points and miles serve as an adequate substitute in many situations. Not so with hotels, where enjoying suite upgrades, free breakfast, and late checkouts is much more difficult to purchase with points.
I still have status with Hilton (Gold) and Marriott (Gold), but will not make an effort to frequent those hotel chains this year. Hitting 60 Hyatt nights will be difficult enough.
As for my airline options, the idea of being a free agent does not sound liberating to me. Quite the contrary, it sounds a bit risky if the music stops and all the chairs are taken. Furthermore, I’m not accumulating points like I once was with both businesses essentially shut down.
Yet I don’t see how I can possibly justify spending the money required for status re-qualification on the basis of Live and Let’s Fly and leisure travel alone.
It’s a bit premature to plan at this stage with borders closed and pandemic numbers spiraling out of control. That shouldn’t stop us from considering our options, but I’ll likely have to revisit this issue later in the spring as we see if the situation around us improves or becomes even worse. Nevertheless, I wanted to start a discussion now. It’s 2021 after all…
What are your airline and hotel status goals for 2021? Anything I am missing in my analysis?