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The latest hotness…

at least until a better promo comes along, is AA’s announcement of double EQM (DEQM) for all flights/fares now until January 31, 2012.  The gist of this is that on all flights, you get twice the miles in your account, and they all count towards elite status.  So low level elite status can be obtained by flying 12, 500 miles in the month of January, and the highest elite level requires only 50,000 miles.  See this post at View From the Wing for more info.  The most intriguing take on this was from lucky at One Mile At A Time, who outlines how easily you can qualify for top tier AA status under this promotion over several days of flying.  It is pretty extreme, but being able to get top tier status on AA seem well worth it under this promotion, and it is quite tempting to me…

At any rate, I do recommend reading that article, even if you aren’t planning to be a hard core mileage runner.  It shows the value of being aware of your promotions and stacking them together, as well as the amazing wealth of knowledge that some of the old timers in this game have 🙂

On a side note, there has also been some speculation that this offer will be matched by UA/CO, as they share several hubs/markets with AA, and will not want to lose business due to this promotion…for now, that is pure speculation though.

A couple of good reads…

Over the past couple days, I’ve ran across a few interesting articles from The Points Guy (TPG).

He has been running a series about maximizing airlines elite status, with the most recent article covering mid-tier elite status I think mid-tier is the highest realistically attainable status if you’re doing mostly personal travel, so this article is worth checking out for what this might be worth to you.  The series also includes an introduction to elite status and mileage runs (where people fly on low fares purely to earn miles), an article on the value of the different tiers of elite status, as well as a couple of other articles.  I definitely recommend reading these!  But I will warn you, the articles are a bit long.

Additional, TPG has a Reader Question post about the value of American Express Membership Rewards points.  The article demonstrates some of the thought process behind valuing miles/points, and how your redemption choices affect that value.  Also, the article eventually goes into cash back cards, and there’s a long list of cash back credit cards at the end of it.