Hi all, Nice set of forums! Factoring in two remaining flights this year, I realized today that I am nearly to Gold status on United, needing about 3400 PQM and $900 PQD. However, it will not be likely that I can fly somewhere else to get these in time. I looked at the difference between United Silver and Gold, and honestly it doesn't seem that much different. International trips are few so the club access on those flights is not going to be needed that often. Upgrades seem to be getting rare on domestic flights, so I don't see the increased probability being that much of a perk. I typically use carry-ons so the baggage check isn't a factor. Finally, I faithfully grab an Economy Plus seat by checking in exactly 24 hours before the flight, so the Plus seat at booking isn't that great. My questions to all you experts are: (1) Did I miss something wonderful with Gold given I am this close? (2) Any clever ways to get over the hurdle, given the PQD requirement? Thanks in advance! This seems like a helpful place. Cheers!