I received a wonderful letter from American Airlines yesterday. I was informed that I am now a Platinum member of its frequent flyer program. No more Executive Platinum for me. I must admit, I did feel the slightest pang that I would no longer be treated like a superstar.
But really when I think about it, I was only super-special to AA because of all the money I generated for them. That's a somewhat empty form of flattery and unearned special treatment, something I can do without.
And do without I will, because jet airplanes and airports no longer are my second home.