OneWorld MegaDO, Status Challenges Abound

Well, you have seen my recap of the Launch Party for the oneworld MegaDO, and if you are interested in oneworld, here is your chance to see what they offer.  While the details are pretty straightforward, I am going to talk about the challenges that the primary sponsors are offering for anybody wanting to jump ship.


American has honestly been one of the stingiest airlines when it comes to matching over.  They were the first US legacy carrier to introduce challenges, and theirs is actually one of the hardest normally to do on deep discount fares.  While other airlines just focus their status challenges on miles, American focuses on points, earned based on a combination of your fare class and how long your flight is.  The deeply discount economy fares are .5 points a mile, discount economy is 1 point per mile, full fare economy is 1.5 points, business is 1.25 points per mile, and First Class is 1.5 points per mile.  With the general requirements being 5,000/10,000/20,000 points for Gold/Platinum/Executive Platinum respectively, this actually makes it harder to do cheap mileage runs to earn.  On top of the difficult requirements to challenge for status, they also include a fee for the challenge, which you can only find out by calling the AAdvantage desk and asking about the challenge.

For the DO, they are doing something very special, a free match challenge with lower requirements to meet.  The AA challenge is based on Base Miles Earned, and the tiers are the same as points, but using flown miles instead of points.  Thus I only need to fly 10,000 miles before the DO in order to qualify.  I've even scouted out fares with a friend and we are contemplating doing a mileage run to FRA on AA to meet the requirements of the challenge.


The Hyatt challenge is nowhere near as exciting, but still has some interesting perks.  Instead of the usual 25 stays or 50 nights for Diamond, you get 90 days to get 18 nights.  Combined with the current promotion, and a good selection of Hyatt Place properties, that is quite a lot of points earned just to meet the challenge requirement.  Combined with the AA bonus offer for Hyatt stays, you could earn a ton of miles, ton of points, for not that much in spend.

Overall, I am definitely doing the AA challenge, and will have to do some serious debating on the Hyatt Challenge, as I am quite ok with being a Platinum for next year, since the free internet goes down to Platinum, and upgrades are the main benefit for Diamonds.  While nice, I'd be looking at roughly $1140 just to get to Diamond for all of next year.  These special challenges are only going to be available for Attendees, and registration will open up at 10:00am CDT on Thursday October 27 at


Gene October 26, 2011 at 07:58 pm

10,000 miles will qualify you for what AA status?

I find it very interesting that the Hyatt Diamond challenge is 18 nights in 90 days, since it was just revealed a few minutes ago on FlyerTalk that this will be Starwood's new requirement for Platinum challenges effective November 1. Corporate espionage?

Nick October 26, 2011 at 09:37 pm

10000 flown miles will net me Platinum on AA (Since I'm only a 1P). And all it takes is either a ATL-DFW_FRA-DFW-ATL trip and that gives me a few hundred over, or ATL-MIA-LHR-MIA-ATL with about 20 miles to spare.

Gene October 26, 2011 at 09:56 pm

@Nick -- So, no Executive Platinum challenge?

Nick October 26, 2011 at 11:27 pm

I can not challenge to EXP because I am only a 1P on UA. However if you are a 1K, you can challenge for EXP and retain it by flying 20000 miles by Jan. 13.

And the terms and conditions of the status challenge were just updated since I wrote this post, and you are able to challenge to a higher status.

Gene October 27, 2011 at 07:49 am

@Nick -- I am actually disappointed to see AA matching to EXP. I don't want anymore competition for upgrades! :-)

Nick October 27, 2011 at 08:50 pm

@Gene: Well, it is not quite a match :P

You are getting more competition anyway as people are unhappy with UA for the MP changes, and this just means that the people are converting over to AA instead of dropping out of the status game completely ;) On the plus side, should improve your 1K upgrades on UA

Latimer October 27, 2011 at 09:42 pm

I heard everyone on the Star MegaDO had received diamond status automatically ... is this true? If so, what are the chances of being as generous?

Nick October 27, 2011 at 10:20 pm

For SMD3, all attendees did get Hyatt Diamond, however there were also a lot of people complaining about some of the accomodations the properties made because of so many Diamonds, and it created some real bad blood. This time they are doing it as a 90 day challenge.

Also, 23 minutes after registration opened this morning, the event sold out, and they are currently looking at either a second charter flight or upgrading to a 777 (which I would enjoy being upgraded to business, since I booked Tommy Class)