You read it here first.  Somewhere between LAX and DFW this afternoon, I crossed the threshold for AAdvantage Platinum status for 2010.  I had to take 2 trips that I might otherwise not have taken, but I do not care, it was worth it.  The difference is palpable, and frankly I do not ever want to face flying again without some sort of elite status.  Forget the bag fees (that I don’t pay due to my elite status), early boarding and access to an 800 number staffed with agents I can communicate with are worth the price of the extra flight or two.

My Amex card and elite status have one thing in common…I don’t leave home without them.