I have 17,238 miles on UA this year...so I am roughly 8,000 short of Premier Silver. I am based out of MCI, and will more than likely have a trip to Addis Ababa next year. Do I do a couple of round trips to Seattle (or a mileage run that hits the number for premier status), or is it not worth the cost of making the next status. Other than that trip, I may not fly more than 2 or 3 other times the entire year. And....discuss.