As we enter the second half of the year, I stand in a very dangerous position. Will this be the year I lose all my cherished elite status?
My 2022 Midyear Elite Status Progress Report
Here we are are in July and my elite status trackers are not looking promising.
Airline Elite Status – 2022 Midyear Progress Report
Let’s start with United, my primary carrier.
- Premier qualifying points (PQP) – 6,274
- Premier qualifying flights (PQF) – 17
I need 13,500 PQPs and 36 segments to qualify – you could argue I’m almost halfway there, but remember United provided a 3,000 PQP starter bonus this year to 1K members. Plus, I intend to spend most of the summer at home.
Over the first half of the year, particularly in early spring, I did an immense out of travel that I have not written about yet. That includes travel throughout Qatar, Jordan, and Egypt. All flights (and I went back and forth three times) were paid for with miles. While it will be a fascinating trip report later in the year, that trip did not help me much with frequent flyer status.
Recall, I also have 75K Elite status on Air Canada, which I earned by doing a mileage run to Toronto earlier this year. I would love to return to Canada and fly Air Canada again…but there simply isn’t time and I don’t see how I can possibly credit my Star Alliance flying to Air Canada despite my love of Aeroplan when I am so far off with United.
I need 75,000 SQM or 75 SQS, in addition to $9,000 in SQD to keep my 75K status. It won’t happen.
Hotel Elite Status – 2022 Midyear Progress Report
While airline status is important to me, hotel elite status with Hyatt is very important to me. That makes me all the more dismayed that I’m sitting at only 12 Hyatt nights for the year, out of 60 required to maintain Globalist status.
This is going to be a near-impossible burden to overcome. As much as I’d love to take the family to Indonesia or Thailand for a month and take up residence there at a cheap Hyatt, we just don’t have the time. Losing this status will be very hard, as I’ve held it for close to a decade now.
I do have some bookings booked for later in the year…but nothing that will get me close to 60 nights. I know I could get cheap rooms in Las Vegas over the summer and run up my night total that way, but I’m not sure it is worthwhile, as much as I truly appreciate and utilize the complimentary breakfast benefit (though interestingly, I don’t eat breakfast when at home) or suite upgrades.
For example, my wife and I recently attended a wedding in Santa Barbara and spent the night at the Mar Monte Hotel, one of our favorites. Thanks to the breakfast benefit, we spent $85 for breakfast and it was all removed from the bill. But had we not had that benefit, we would have just had coffee and fasted, as we do at home. In other words, I cannot even say the benefit was worth $85.
As I’m not currently a Chase customer, I cannot leverage the World of Hyatt credit card to add to my elite night tally.
I find it a tad ironic that I’ve spent more nights in Four Seasons hotel (close to 20) than in Hyatt hotels in 2022. During my travels earlier in the year I stayed in lovely Four Seasons, Kempinski, and St. Regis hotels, which does help to explain why my Hyatt number is so low.
My Plan For The Rest Of 2022
Due to a number of obligations, I cannot even plan out the rest of my year yet, which may leave me scrambling late in autumn or in December. I’d really like to avoid that.
I thought about taking a Hyatt road trip across America with my family. Wouldn’t it be cool to spend 30 nights in 30 different Hyatt hotels? But due to a trip I have planned in a few weeks, that likely will not work, nor will commitments in California allow me to be away for four consecutive weeks upon my return.
There’s a lot of possibility on my plate, so it could be that I am able to squeak by on both United and Hyatt, but it is not a given and I’m principally opposed to staying hotel rooms I don’t really need (i.e. a Las Vegas run, or something like that).
If it appears, as we approach late October, that I will not re-qualify on United, I plan to do a status match to Alaska Airlines Gold 75K status and focus on keeping (or at least enjoying) oneworld emerald status in 2023.
I was Executive Platinum on American Airlines in 2020-22 and did not get to enjoy oneworld first class lounges around the world, thanks to the pandemic. I view first class lounge access as they key differentiator between oneworld and Star Alliance (or SkyTeam). I’d love to return to the Qantas Lounge in Sydney or the Finnair Platinum Wing in Helsinki. I miss those.
At least with United, my MillionMiler status gives me lifetime Premier Gold status.
This has been an odd year of travel so far, with a lot of redmeption bookings and premium hotel stays. I don’t like where I stand on my midyear progress report, though it has been a great year of travel.
At this point, I have little insight as to how the rest of the year will shape up. That doesn’t bode well for my retention of top-tier elite status with either Hyatt or United.
As we enter the second half the year, how is your elite status coming in 2022?