Monday, May 07, 2018

Goodbye OneWorld Sapphire

2018 marks the final year of my OneWorld Sapphire status. To be exact, November 2018. It is really nice being pampered and all that, and what I'll miss most is the wonderful people of the Qantas Lounge in Changi Singapore. You guys and gals (Ronaldo, Eric, Gim, Michelle, and so many more) are the very people who make the lounge experience special, for without you, it's just another lounge.

With every progression I made and continue to make in my career and life, I realize it is even more important to stay grounded and remain humble. What is the point of chasing status miles? It's a question I ask myself quite often, actually. It's also worth mentioning that I'm on a mission to get rid of the excess to focus on what’s truly important.

In many instances when I was at the airport (let's say Changi), I was contemplating whether or not to head to the lounge. I simply wasn't feeling it. If I have to think so much instead of just making my way there straightaway, I knew right there and then that it's just not my style.

It's nice to have attained and retained that coveted status (as a goal-oriented person, I totally dig this), but that's about it. Here's where the excitement ends—when the goal was achieved. So, what's the meaning of it all? I'm not a hotshot or a high profile executive or a socialite, or a frequent traveler with lots of needs. I simply don't need the status. It's also more interesting to be out and about with the general population.

So what happens if I want to access a lounge whenever I fancy or need it? I've got my alternative unlimited Priority Pass lounge access to continue combining the best of both worlds in budget and luxury travel. I might even reconsider flying Air Asia and risk delayed flights 90% of the time. Now, let me ponder on that last point for a little bit more...