wow, there are a lot of toys getting thrown out here.
I am a regular Southwest flier and will easily make A list preferred. My question is, will my 82 flights in 2010 translate to A list preferred status on March 1 or will I only be able to start earning towards preferred on March 1?
I generally fly short haul PHX-SLC . Having sat down and compared the new plan with the old plan and what I could earn on Delta, the calculation came out quite simple. The new Rapid Rewards still provided me more free travel than Delta with less restrictions. Those first class upgrades and 25000 awards are an elusive beast on Delta so I'll be sticking with Southwest.
The one area of this roll out that is not at all clear is the changes to the credit card program and these options to cash in points for hotels, cars, international travel etc. I have seen no information at all on how the credit card will change. As the card appears to have a much bigger role in the new rapid rewards I would have expected Southwest and Chase to have simultaneously made the announcements. Left in the dark and wondering about what is happening there. Someone dropped the ball on that one.
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