So there I am, looking forward to taking my next booked flight on KLM; London to Amsterdam as it will bump me up to the next flying status tier, start calling myself Elite (because that’s what they call it), give me ‘status’ as the Americans like to call it. Or should that be quarter-status because it’s going from Ivory; zero status to Silver? Next up would be Gold; semi-status (spot the pattern here) then Platinum; true status! A winner!
I check-in on my KLM app and decide to look at my KLM Flying Blue account (yes, I like the gamification of these carrier loyalty programmes) and … but hang on a second, my Level Miles had been reset to zero.
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I missed going up a flying status tier by a few days thanks to an ever-changing work schedule so that’s another 14 qualifying flights or 24,812 level miles to collect which will take a while on cheap non-refundable, non-exhangeable, non-anything flights thanks to frugal business trip traveling.
Perhaps I should have flown for the hell of it just so I could get to my quarter-status and take advantage of their priority services while keeping my hard earned Level Miles as they would have rolled over.
On second thought, I’ll just fly British Airways instead as I have a bit of status that will be easier to maintain over there. And if I get bored of my flying status and miss the good ole times, I’ll go join the KLM Ivory holders in their long queues and complain about the hardship of Level Miles resetting each year.