Wednesday, June 20, 2007

So, why do you need Gold/Platinum?

I promised a post about gaining levels, so here it comes.

Elite Status gives the frequent flyer several advantages. The first advantage is more miles, in Platinum status I get two miles for every mile I've flown. Just to put that into perspective, in Platinum level for every flight from Israel to the US west coast you get a free flight from Israel to Europe (30,000 miles). And for two such flights you can get another flight to anywhere in the US.

The second important bonus is access to lounges. From Gold level onwards you get free access to airline lounges of all SkyTeam partners.

The third bonus is free upgrades. When a flight is overbooked in Economy class, the airlines upgrade some passengers to Business class. These upgrades are usually given based on frequent flyer level.

So, some info about myself. Here's my plan for this year:

MonthFlight (click for map)Status MilesAward Miles
JanuaryTel Aviv - Hyderabad via Amsterdam13,27619,914
AprilTel Aviv - Frankfurt; Stuttgart - Amsterdam - Tel Aviv (Award ticket ELAL + KLM)none- 5,000
MayTel Aviv - Honolulu via Amsterdam, San Francisco, Newark, and Paris20,54530,817
MayHonolulu - Hilo (not Skyteam)nonenone
JulyTel Aviv - Frankfurt via Amsterdam5,6068,410
AugustTel Aviv - Istanbul direct (not SkyTeam)nonenone
SeptemberTel Aviv - San Francisco via Amsterdam (one way)7,51311,269
OctoberSan Francisco - Frankfurt via Houston, Amsterdam and Newark13,83124,204
Previous Balance/LevelSilver45,230
New Balance/LevelGold134,844

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