Thursday, January 31, 2013

Status Update on Status-Qualifying

At the end of every month, I like to take stock of where things stand with respect to re-qualifying for airline and hotel elite status. My top programs are United and Starwood - so where do I stand 1 month into the year?

Drum roll please...

1,212 Premier-Qualifying miles on United.

No - I'm not missing a 0 or anything like that. This year has been really, really slow in terms of travel so far. For comparison purposes, by this time last year I was already at 26,441 and had already re-qualified for Silver status.

Sad looking United status tracker

I do have ~65,000 PQMs planned from now through the end of the summer, so that will put me in better shape. The end of the year is shaping up to be really slow though - I plan on stretching (if necessary) to hit Platinum status, but sadly I don't think it's in the cards for me to re-qualify for 1K.

Things are looking better on Starwood, primarily due to the 5 nights I spent at the Westin Cape Town to start off the year.

Including the 2 stays and 5 nights credit from the SPG Amex, I'm at 4 stays at 11 nights so far.

My junior suite at the Westin Cape Town

Given my anticipated travel for the rest of the year, I'm reasonably confident that I'll re-qualify for platinum status with 50+ nights, which will get me another 10 Suite Night Award certificates to use. I should also qualify for lifetime gold status, as I'm just 33 nights shy right now.

How was your January from a travel perspective? Are you on-track to qualify for status on your favorite airline / hotel this year?

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