I need to fly in January. Not because American is offering double elite qualifying miles, but because I’ve gotta get the heck out of here. Change of scenery, please! Well, the double EQM promo American is running certainly doesn’t hurt in justifying it either. Fortunately I am almost booked for Executive Platinum requalification for next year, including two trips to Spain (confirmed in business class) and one trip to Japan (confirmed in first class).
Unfortunately other than that, airfare is awful. I just pulled up the fares out of Tampa for January using FareCompare’s new map tool, and with the exception of flights to Las Vegas, there’s not a single flight to the west coast for under $300.
This is all pretty ironic, given that the one route that seemed to be cheap was also the one on which they were offering triple elite qualifying miles, out of both Chicago and Dallas. So on one hand you have those that locked in Executive Platinum status for under $2,000, and on the other end of the spectrum you have those of us overpaying to fly.
I have to book something, though I haven’t decided whether to just take the bad fares or sweat it out a bit and wait for them to drop. After all, January is a slow month for travel…
I do intend to visit the InterContinental San Francisco and Andaz West Hollywood sometime during the month, though.
Thanks for listening to me gripe. I’m happy to reciprocate. 😉