Interesting question from reader Kenny in Memphis:
Hi Adam, I live in Memphis and I have a new job that will require me to fly multiple times a week for work. My airline of choice in the past (though there really were no other viable options) has always been Delta/Northwest. With all the recent cuts these last few years, I now find myself having to connect in order to reach my final destination, so I figure why no re-evaluate my relationship with Delta and perhaps earn miles with a program that actually has fair award availability for its members. My top tier status expired in February of last year and I currently have no status. I want to do a straight match instead of a challenge and have written to a few Flyertalk members and other bloggers for advice. Without formally recommending anything too shady, I have heard the word Adobe Acrobat Pro mentioned quite a few times. Is it really just as easy as creating a PDF statement of my current account and then changing my status level? Does anyone check? Can you see if your readers have any experience? Thanks for a response.
Hmm, a few things here…
- If Kenny is really planning on flying multiple times per week for work, a status challenge might not be so horrible. The majority of airlines who offer challenges will upgrade status right away, providing all the elite benefits and allowing you to prove yourself worthy to maintain them. Additionally, his status will be legit and he’ll never have to worry about any future account closures.
- It’s highly doubtful that United is contacting American, Delta, etc. to confirm status with their competitor. “Hi, we want to confirm that one of your elite members is looking to jump ship to our program, can you verify their status level?” Probably not happening, though it doesn’t make it right and it doesn’t come without some risk. Obviously, providing forged credentials from a partner airline is far riskier. Morally right?
So, BoardingArea readers, what say you with regards to Kenny’s question? Have you ever downloaded that trial version of PDF Pro and made some “enhancements” to your credentials? What was the result? Anyone have a negative outcome to share?