So this morning I lost my Silver Status, and was informed by the following email:-
Dear MrCANDY, As a valued Privilege Club member, we are writing to advise you of a change in your membership status. Your membership status has been renewed at our Burgundy level.
At first I was major disappointed, but then I though fair enough, I haven’t traveled enough this year to deserve it, I will be flying long haul another 2 times this year and that should get me back up to silver again.
But then I thought how disappointed I was with my Silver Membership, and questioned if it was worth the extra money to stay loyal to Qatar Airways, or if I would be better off switching to lower cost airlines and enjoying the extra money instead.
I got an upgrade to business class when I flew to the Philippines last Christmas, and that was awesome. But most of the time the only real benefit is lounge access at the airport. And to be honest the Silver Lounge in Qatar is nothing like as good as those in Dubai, and the lounge in Manila is pathetic and not really worth anything at all.
Now that Cebu Pacific have started flying direct to the Philippines from Doha, I’m seriously considering flying with them. If I still had my Silver membership I would most certainly stay with QA, But now I’m more tempted to save around QR 1,500 (£265 or 18,559 Pesos) and sit with my fellow peasants in the public departures area, and not worry about trying to regain my Silver status. Especially now that Manila has refurbished their departures facilities at T1, and it has better food than the lounges do. I can do a lot with QR 1,500 it may be time to switch to Cebu Pacific.