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#1 wdscott

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Posted 23 February 2017 - 11:03 AM

Just several weeks into AGR 2.0 I posted an inquiry as to whether or not there would still be a "soft landing" from one plan year to the next.  As everyone out there knew as much as I did the response was that of crickets chirping.  The "soft landing" has not been documented in AGR's public facing plan description.

 

For those that have not heard the term "soft landing", here is a definition.  In transition from one AGR plan year to the next the plan member would move down one tier even if they had not earned the points to qualify for that tier.  Specific example below.

 

I was fortunate to live along the Pacific Surfliner during the AGR 1.0 days (still very fortunate to live in the exact same place in San Diego, but not relevant here).  As such was able to qualify for the Select Executive (SE) tier two consecutive years.  After the transition to AGR 2.0, as the cool kids call it, personal ridership plummeted and was barely able to qualify for the Select tier.  The new year membership packet arrived in US mail earlier in the week.  My membership was dropped one level to Select Executive (SE).

 

The "soft landing" is indeed still part of the plan.

 

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Posted 23 February 2017 - 11:32 AM

 

......  My membership was dropped one level to Select Executive (SE).
 
The "soft landing" is indeed still part of the plan.
 
--Bill

 
You surely mean it was dropped from Select Executive to Select Plus, Right?



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Posted 23 February 2017 - 03:39 PM

 

......  My membership was dropped one level to Select Executive (SE).
 
The "soft landing" is indeed still part of the plan.
 
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You surely mean it was dropped from Select Executive to Select Plus, Right?

Absolutely!  That was quite a goof!

 

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Posted 24 June 2017 - 03:14 AM

I never got a select package after my soft downgrade. Am I supposed to get one or is there nothing for soft downgrades?



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Posted 24 June 2017 - 08:58 AM

I did get a package for a soft downgrade to Select Plus. That answers your question directly as it wasn't tier specific.

Looks like we need someone to chime in that went from Select Plus to Select to get a more full picture.

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Posted 01 March 2018 - 10:16 PM

...and the soft landing remains intact for 2018. Went from Select Plus to Select, despite earning under 1000 TQPs.
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Posted 01 March 2018 - 11:06 PM

I just started my second year at Select Plus expiring 2/28/19. I do not anticipate being able to maintain this tier so, if I'm reading this thread correctly, I can expect to be "soft downgraded" to Select after next February, correct?


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Posted 02 March 2018 - 06:59 PM

I just started my second year at Select Plus expiring 2/28/19. I do not anticipate being able to maintain this tier so, if I'm reading this thread correctly, I can expect to be "soft downgraded" to Select after next February, correct?


Yes. Just noticed a second consecutive “soft landing” of my account.



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Posted 07 March 2018 - 09:00 AM

It would be nice if I got what I earned. My select plus packet for 2018. My agr membership card has expired.


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Posted 07 March 2018 - 10:51 AM

It would be nice if I got what I earned. My select plus packet for 2018. My agr membership card has expired.


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Never got an "AGR membership card" so, I don't think the AGR membership itself expires. Tier level (Select, Select Plus, etc.) cards do expire but, that is not for AGR membership in general


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29,076 miles on the Coast Starlight, Sunset Limited, Texas Eagle, Southwest Chief, Empire Builder, California Zephyr and Capitol Limited.

5540 miles booked for this fall on the Sunset Limited, City of New Orleans, Illini/Saluki, Southwest Chief.

More miles on the Pacific Surfliner, Metrolink, White Pass and Yukon Route, Grand Canyon Railway, Napa Valley Wine Train, Fillmore and Western and private railcars with LARail.com

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 11:44 AM

It would be nice if I got what I earned. My select plus packet for 2018. My agr membership card has expired.


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Never got an "AGR membership card" so, I don't think the AGR membership itself expires. Tier level (Select, Select Plus, etc.) cards do expire but, that is not for AGR membership in general

I’ve gotten a card every year. It expires at the end of February.


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Posted 07 March 2018 - 12:44 PM

 

 

It would be nice if I got what I earned. My select plus packet for 2018. My agr membership card has expired.


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Never got an "AGR membership card" so, I don't think the AGR membership itself expires. Tier level (Select, Select Plus, etc.) cards do expire but, that is not for AGR membership in general

I’ve gotten a card every year. It expires at the end of February.


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To clarify, I receive Select cards which expire at the end of February. I have never received a card for simply being an AGR member which is what it sounded like Steve4031 was referring to.


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John...

29,076 miles on the Coast Starlight, Sunset Limited, Texas Eagle, Southwest Chief, Empire Builder, California Zephyr and Capitol Limited.

5540 miles booked for this fall on the Sunset Limited, City of New Orleans, Illini/Saluki, Southwest Chief.

More miles on the Pacific Surfliner, Metrolink, White Pass and Yukon Route, Grand Canyon Railway, Napa Valley Wine Train, Fillmore and Western and private railcars with LARail.com

Photos: http://www.flickr.co...rensicpic/sets/<p> 


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Posted 07 March 2018 - 06:22 PM

 

 

It would be nice if I got what I earned. My select plus packet for 2018. My agr membership card has expired.


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Never got an "AGR membership card" so, I don't think the AGR membership itself expires. Tier level (Select, Select Plus, etc.) cards do expire but, that is not for AGR membership in general

I’ve gotten a card every year. It expires at the end of February.


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The only way you receive a card every year is if you make Tier Status. Other then that you don't receive a card. 

 

I was also soft landed this year. I had Select Plus for 2017 and was awarded select for the year. I only took one trip throughout the entire year. That was in December. I received my packet in the mail I believe on Monday. 


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Posted 07 March 2018 - 06:25 PM

That explains why I didn’t get a card until this March as select.


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Posted 07 March 2018 - 06:58 PM

Made tier status.


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Posted 07 March 2018 - 07:07 PM

FrensicPic said he never got a membership card. At least 10 years ago AGR used to send out regular cards.

Here is mine. it is at least 10 years old. It is thick plastic like a credit card with a magnetic stripe. They may not still send them out. It could be used at a Quik-Trak.

 

 

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 09:42 PM

FrensicPic said he never got a membership card. At least 10 years ago AGR used to send out regular cards.

Here is mine. it is at least 10 years old. It is thick plastic like a credit card with a magnetic stripe. They may not still send them out. It could be used at a Quik-Trak.

 

 

Yep, never seen such a card. Been a member for 8 or more years.


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29,076 miles on the Coast Starlight, Sunset Limited, Texas Eagle, Southwest Chief, Empire Builder, California Zephyr and Capitol Limited.

5540 miles booked for this fall on the Sunset Limited, City of New Orleans, Illini/Saluki, Southwest Chief.

More miles on the Pacific Surfliner, Metrolink, White Pass and Yukon Route, Grand Canyon Railway, Napa Valley Wine Train, Fillmore and Western and private railcars with LARail.com

Photos: http://www.flickr.co...rensicpic/sets/<p> 


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Posted 07 March 2018 - 11:33 PM

Got the Select Plus card for another year. I only ride one train = AT. But...almost monthly. So most of the benefits like "upgrades (it has none) and coupons (not good on the AT), anything Acela-related (means nothing on the AT), United Club (not with AT)...are all irrelevant! All its really good for is Reward Points for free trips.I guess the biggest (only) benefit is having that phone number to call with the Select Plus status to get better Agent service!



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Posted 09 March 2018 - 10:36 PM

If you don’t use those coupons. You can offer them to anyone. You can not charge for them. Many AU members will give away their unused coupons towards the end of the AGR year.


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