On The Road: The Upgrade Dilemma Edition…

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Update from the (new and quite nice) LAS Presidents club: No need to worry, We both received complimentary upgrades 🙂
C’mon did you really think I wouldn’t be able to pull it off? 😛

Originally posted on 03/15:

I fly tonight with my wife to Vegas where we’ll partake in 2 free nights at the luxirous Wynn resort and a free night at the new Encore resort, all courtesy of AMEX. Then we drive to LA to go to the wedding of one of her good friends.  In LA we’ll burn 4,000 Starpoints at the newly lowered category 2 Westin LAX, where I will have the first chance to test out my new Starwood Platinum status (Thanks Gabi!).

While checking in for my 4 hour, 50 minute flight I noticed that Continental upgraded me to first class. As I only hold bottom-tier Silver status, they only upgrade me.  Although there are still a number of first class seats available, companion upgrades are available solely for mid and top tier elites.

On our month-long Cleveland-Houston-Honolulu, Oahu-Lihue, Kauai-Kahalui, Maui-Hilo, Hawaii-Kona, Hawaii-Honolulu, Oahu-Los Angeles-Newark-Cleveland trip I had used 140,000 miles for BusinessFirst seats, but I have never used miles for a US48 trip and didn’t plan to start now.

At any rate, we’re now stuck with 1 first class seat and 1 coach seat…so what would you do?

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HSS

Dan,
What was the Starwood Platinum trick that you thanked Gabi for? Is it something that others can get as well?

Chaim

Yes there is a trick but if it goes out to the public the game will be over.

mo

Dan Enjoy!!!
Please answer HSS’s question. I’m also gold and wouldn’t mind the PLAT!

Mark

Sweety pie – you’re newlywed and you’re going to learn that there’s no better way to piss off your new wife than sitting apart from her for ANY reason. don’t try it but if you do, i don’t need to warn you not to try it again.

aaron

i say dont let the flight take off untill you are both granted first

DAVID

Also wondering if there is some trick to get plat status

bobboy

OPTION NUMBER 5:
TAKE THE FIRST CLASS SEAT FOR YOURSELF AND MAKE SURE TO BRING YOUR BETTER HALF SOME FRENCH WINE FROM FIRST CLASS JUST TO GIVE HER A LITTLE TASTE OF WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT.

enjoy

dan my friend.
there are better things in life than a first class seat.
for example sitting ANYWHERE with the love of your life is worth the forfeit of any seat…

option 5

option 5: dont be cheap and buy your wife an upgrade

spend some money

i agree dont be cheap you probably have millions of continental points anyway dosnt look good

Dan/Ctownbochur

@spend some money:
At 15K miles + $150 copay a domestic upgrade is not something worth purchasing…

ggcheckpoint

I knew all along that Mimi would have no issue finding a seat in the forward cabin.

FYI CO28 EWR-LHR best Lie-flats are actually in Y (3 across open) rather than a 170 in J. After experiencing Cathay it doesnt hold a candle.

ac

ua did that to me once about 15 years ago and he has never ever heard the end of it.
now go make a decision….
do you want your wife to have a great story or do you want shalom bayit?

Jeff

Dan, I had a feeling you would pull it off!!! Enjoy your trip.
PS: We are STILL waiting for a trip report on your Hawai Vacation!!!!!!

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