r/churning Oct 26 '21

Daily Discussion Thread - October 26, 2021 Daily Discussion

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u/Eurynom0s LAX Oct 26 '21 edited Oct 26 '21

The other key benefits are free seat assignments on basic econ flights

Not just basic econ, regular econ too--Alaska MVP status saved me this summer when I got put in middle seats on a couple of AA transcons for a work trip and I otherwise would have had to pay to pick a seat. However if you'd have to be paying fees to MS the $30k spend then there's decent odds you'd have been better off just paying for the seat assignments unless you're doing a LOT of AA flying but aren't going to hit status off it, say because it's all a bunch of cheap tickets (starting from scratch in this new program 30k/5x base = $6k spend).

the priority lane when checking in can be clutch

The AA Exec gets you into the priority lane too, plus lounge access obviously (including Alaska if that's relevant). The spread between the MS fees and the $450 AF could easily wind up being small enough that it makes more sense to just get the Exec. I feel like it only really makes sense to shoot for Gold as an end unto itself if you're plowing a lot of business spend through your cards for an actual business, or say have LOTS of reimbursable travel expenses for work.

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u/TheTwoOneFive Oct 26 '21

Not just basic econ, regular econ too

Yes, should have mentioned that, but was thinking that regular econ can at least select some (non-preferred) seats for free.

The spread between the MS fees and the $450 AF could easily wind up being small enough that it makes more sense to just get the Exec.

It could, and if it was half the spend to gold it would be about $450 to put $15k on a Venmo or some other basic way to MS (not thinking about some of the crazy things people on here are doing, just what everyday people would try to get it), but you will earn 15k miles for that spend AND have a few other benefits that wouldn't normally come with the Exec (small chance of upgrades, free MCE T-24, first checked bag free on all AA flights, pre-assigned seats on oneworld carriers, 40% bonus in points, etc).

Not sure I'd go for it, but for someone like me who prefers the Centurion over AA clubs, I'd be more willing to shell out $450 in fees for 15k miles + Gold status than $450 for the Exec card (especially assuming I'd have the bonus in the past 48 months).