Originally Posted by explanade
I've had Gold status for a few years. Before that it was Delta Gold.
I earned status with 4 international flights to Europe from the West Coast, even in my working days.
The Gold benefits aren't what they used to be. For now I'm committed to getting status for next year. Already paid for two flights this year.
If they keep raising the bar, I might bail.
It seems that with United, the bar is so high that it's really tough to reach unless you are a frequent business flier. So I've concluded we aren't likely to get there.
Fortunately, for me, many of the perks are available to us low status fliers if we're willing to pay some annual subscriptions/fees. And you can very much pick and choose. You can also pay for certain perks on a flight leg basis, and not commit to annual fees.
I've noticed that there are quite a few perks that United high milers don't get unless they are willing to use miles to buy them. They might get a discount - but not a significant one.