Yes, I did it. I feel so ashamed that this force has “awakened” in me. I admit it, I have committed the unforgivable deed of FCM. I feel like dirt. No, the froth under the pond-scum. This is so horrible – YES – I have committed FCM or First Class Monetization and purchased a 1st class upgrade after ticketing!
But wait, I have an explanation that may go a long way toward redemption and forgiveness or maybe even be a way out. Before you condemn and sentence me to back row middle seat, let me try to explain my heinous actions.
I was wise enough to follow my own advice and JUMP on the 100,000 point CNB Crystal card deal (UPDATE: no longer available for applications) that I broke back on 1OCT15. You see this card was just amazing. It came with $250 travel credit for incidentals, including seat costs. Most AA flyers who got this card have been able to buy AA gift cards and get credit back but I tested and it did not work with Delta e-Gift cards. So… I had to spend the credit some way before 31DEC15 as it resets on 1JAN16 and I then get another $250 again. #Winning!
Thus, I did the dastardly deed. I spent the money for an upgrade from coach to 1st class on a trip and will let CNB credit me back for the seat charge. But does this absolve me from the unforgivable act of being seduced by Delta’s shameful FCM?
I have personally taken a FIRM and unwavering stand that I will NOT take part in FCM no matter what or how ridiculously and shamefully low the offer was. I will not help Delta this way when I should be getting rewarded for my loyalty with complimentary upgrades as they promised on TV to us all (see video above). But then again there can be circumstances when you can earn a bunch more MQMs so there can be times it can be smart to FCM to help keep your Medallion status.
But what if someone else is paying? What if, like in my case, I pay nothing out of my pocket. I guess it could be the same way if you have an expense account and can submit up to some dollar amount and get credit back – would that count in my moral dilemma as well?
So you tell me. Please vote in my poll below and you tell me what you think about my succumbing to the lure of unspent credit vouchers at the cost of a lily-white FCM conscience or what you would do! – René
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