|the impromptu Beijing DO, photo by Andrew Ingersoll|
I pulled the trigger on a mileage run to China. It is a four-day affair with two days in Beijing and upgraded to business class with my last two EVIPS on American. I’m taking the trip for the sole purpose of meeting the Executive Platinum Challenge offered to those on the OneWorld MegaDO. If I earn 20,000 EQM’s between October 9, 2011, and January 13, 2012, American will match my 1K status with United to their top tier and I earn eight system-wide upgrades good on any fare. Oh Yeah!
Dave (Bikeguy) gave me the final push on doing this trip. With our retired lifestyle and the flexibility it affords us, we can do four overseas trips in business class at coach prices on American. Remember, their upgrades are good on any fare class. Thanks, Dave!
I never obsessed so long and hard on a promo as I did on this one. I just got my ExpertFlyer membership, after all these years, and got a hands-on learning experience looking for “C” class upgrades. It took me forever to find something I wanted. I had a reader and friend offer me extra upgrades he had so I could do it in two trips instead of one. Remember, I gave the Points Guy two of my upgrades so he could do the same thing. I looked into Frankfort, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Tokyo, London, and Shanghai. I like international premium cabins for mileage running and over-nighting is the best way to earn EQMs. If I can sleep six to eight hours on a flight at 500 miles per hour, I’m racking them up while dreaming away.
My total fare was $1,267, which is, indeed, a chunk. But it pales in comparison to the value Katy and I will receive with those upgrades. And I’m in lay-flat, or close to lay-flat seats, for most of my journey.
|Any type of meat on a stick awaits in Beijing, photo by Andrew|
My Chinese visa from my June trip this year is still valid until April 2012 and the visa expediter got me a multiple entry visa, so no issues there.
I think with the intermediate US stops up to and back from Chicago, where the flight originates, I’ll earn about 16,000 EQM’s. I can knock out the remaining 4K on a short mileage run in the US.
Anybody want to join me for a few days in China in December? It’s a great fare and there is more upgrade space available. Another OneWorld MegaDO participant? Anyone?
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Citi Prestige® Card
- Annual Fee: $450 fee
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Bank
The increase to 50,000 ThankYou points for the Citi Prestige card may be a signal that Citi wants back in the game, big time. The sign-up bonus has just been increased to 50K points from the previous 30K offer. An added benefit is a $250 annual air travel credit each calendar year -- so, if you sign up in April, you'll receive the credit this year, and again in January of next year -- which more than covers the $450 first year fee. When you add in lounge access for you and up to two of your guests, you’ve added another $400+ in value. One more benefit worth mentioning is the fourth night free for any four-night hotel stay booked through Wagonlit Travel. And lastly is the $100 statement credit when you sign up for Global Entry and pay for it using the Prestige card. Don’t forget the ever-growing number of airline transfer partners that work with the ThankYou points program.
- $250 Air Travel Credit each year
- Complimentary 4th Night for any hotel stay
- Earn 50,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after $3,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open.
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- Earn 3x points on Air Travel and Hotels
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