An American Airlines 777-200 at Chicago O’Hare (Photo: Greg Linton)

Opinion: Gaining American Airlines Elite Status Made Me Less Loyal

For my entire traveling career of nearly 10 years, I’ve managed to never attain elite status on any airline that I’ve flown on. As a frequent traveler and avid reader of travel blogs, I’ve noticed the disparency between regular passengers and those with elite status but didn’t care enough to seek out or be mad that I didn’t have status. It seemed a perk that would be nice, but one I could do without and have been for quite a…