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Old 02-28-2016, 12:54 PM   #21
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OK - I guess I'm on a roll.

I was checking out the benefits for the United MileagePlus Club card, which has an annual fee that's basically $100 off the United Club membership, two checked bags free, plus "Premier Access" benefits - which means priority check-in line (the Premier Access lines), priority security lanes where available (the busier airports), priority baggage handling - whatever that means, and priority boarding which I already have with my Explorer card.

I was checking it out, and somehow managed to get to a screen where I was offered an introductory first year fee of $0. So I jumped on it.

Reading a few on-line blogs and chats I think that was supposed to be for elite flyers, but somehow even some of us "low status" MileagePlus fliers are qualifying.

So we have a year to see whether we feel that it enhances our flying experience before committing to the high annual fee - sweet!
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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.
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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.
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Well they made a change this year where if you buy business class fares, you get twice the qualifying miles.

So they had a sale last year for business class fares and I booked round trip to London for early January for like $2100. Then I bought a separate ticket to France from there.

Booked a cheap ticket to Norway in May. One more business class ticket may be all I need to qualify for Gold again.
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