Posted by: englishdubai | October 2, 2006

Going for Gold…


Well not the classic BBC quiz show hosted by Henry Kelly. But rather a startlingly reality that for the first time in my traveling career I have achieved status with an Airline.

On exactly the third month anniversary of my time in Dubai I have made it to Silver on Emirates Skywards program. It was nicely punctuated by being greeted by name of the flight and offered a complimentary drink before departure and just before arrival – a nice touch.

I got close last year to making it to silver with British Airways Executive club – but they seem to use every excuse to not award you with all the important Tier miles i.e. you never booked full fare economy, we upgraded you to business and hence no tier miles.

Skywards has made no such exceptions and has been straightforward – you fly and you get miles and tier miles. The only difference with Silver for me is I can now check in at the Business desk and use the lounge at Dubai airport. However with on-line check-in and a Middle-East issues Amex card you can essentially achieve the same thing.

The main thing for me will be getting to Gold so I can use the lounges whilst flying economy in other airports around the world. Judging by my travel schedule I will be gold before Christmas.

Roll on peace away from the masses.


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