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The spend-to-points thing is infuriating to people like me. I don't actually travel all that often, but when I do, I spend what feels like a month on the same plane. I've taken single round-trips (multiple legs each way) that got me silver status in ONE trip. My longest door-to-hotel-door ever was 31 hours (and, no, there weren't any insane layovers or major ground travel (traffic) delays). But those tickets aren't that expensive compared to shorter hops. They're going to end up rewarding the people who fly from DC to NYC or Boston or Chicago twice a week over people who fly their long-hauls. I'd say "whatever," but it's actually made me reconsider my job. 20+ hours in regular economy because I no longer get access to E+ because I didn't spend enough is just not appealing. And since they've already ended mileage-only upgrades on international flights...
Also, because I know someone is going to ask: DC to Vietnam. 31 hours from my home to IAD to SGN. Then I had to fly another hour the next day to my final destination (on 7 hours IN the hotel, including a showering and changing my clothes, so that isn't even 7 hours' sleep). I had a 2-hour layover in NRT, a refueling/more passengers stop from there to SGN, and it takes 45 minutes to get from my house to IAD and 30 minutes to get from SGN into town and that was it as far as ground time. The trip is so long the government lets us leave on THURSDAY to start work Monday.
Also, also...my longest single flight ever was 16:20 from JFK to HKG non-stop. They should really consider treating us better, because those flights are MISERABLE.
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