American Airlines Executive Platinum – So close and yet 2016

I travel for work… a lot.  It is a surreal experience to do a trip where you leave early in the day fly across the country and return home the same day in time for dinner with your family.

With just over a week left in the year I am 4 Elite Qualifying Segments (EQS) away from a status with American Airlines (AA) that I have never achieved before.  Executive Platinum (EP). I look forward to EP as it is a status you cannot get with a credit card nor status challenge.  2017 AA is also introducing a new mid tier called Platinum Pro (PP) that slots in perfectly between Platinum and Exec platinum like the Porsche Cayman.  Of note you cannot qualify for PP in 2016.

Why do these two levels matter to me?   AA is the largest airline in the US and they hand out status like candy.  This is very frustrating for those of us who fly for work.  I am always looking for ways to reduce stress and save time.  Professional travelers and there are a lot on AA in Austin, efficiently go through TSAPre Check, board quickly, pack appropriate luggage, sit quickly, and leave the plane quickly.  All of these mean everyone has a better experience.  Those who get the status via a credit card travel infrequently and are just not as fast.  This increases stress.

Oh well, one more trip to go this year and I will see if my loyalty is justified in 2017.  If not, I may become airline agnostic and fly direct whenever possible.  We shall see!

Happy and Safe Travels!

 

Oh for those keeping track of TLAs.  Today’s post has the following

  • EQS
  • AA
  • EP
  • PP
  • TLA – Three/Two Letter Acronym

Casper: 78 rating by Consumer Reports and $50 discount

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I purchased my daughter her first big girl bed yesterday from Craigslist and a sweet couple with 5 year old twins moving to Sydney.  Next step is to find a mattress.  I went to Consumer Reports found the highest rated mattress with a score of 78.  That mattress just happens to be The Casper bed.  Easy enough.

Highs

This mattress performed very good in our tests of side and back support. In our durability tests this mattress performed excellently showing only minor changes in performance. The mattress’s surface was excellent at conforming to various shapes, maximizing contact with the sleeper, and it proved to be very stable, limiting the amount of vibration transmitted. This mattress was also more breathable than others potentially reducing perspiration.

Lows

We judged this mattress softer than claimed, and it lacked grips, which could make handling difficult.

Really the biggest issue is not the sleep but lack of handles?  Cool.  I can handle a twin size with no issues.  My Queen sized mattress from NovaForm doesn’t have handles either.

Happy sleeping!  Remember you spend at least a 1/3 of your life sleeping.  Get a good mattress.