Before I explain why I ask, I have a question that ties back into this: If you are Chairman's, I know the $150 award mileage redeposit fee is waived. Does that also apply to others on your reservation? So If I were Chairman's and had to cancel and award trip for my wife and I, would that save me $300, or only $150 (for myself)? Although I guess maybe I'm thinking of that incorrectly...since I booked both our seats using my miles and we're on one PNR, would that only be one re-deposit anyway, even though there are two of us? The reason why I ask is that I'm going to finish the year having requalified for Platinum, but short of Chairman's. My wife and I have an award trip to Paris booked next year, but something has come up and we may need to cancel the trip. Right now, if I cancel, it's going to cost me $150 (or $300?) to get my miles back. So I'm thinking, maybe it makes sense to buy up to Chairman's after I finish my flying for the year, because the value proposition starts to look better if I can get a big fee waived because of that investment...so let's assume I finish the year with about 78,000 miles (which is what it's looking like), it would cost me $989 to buy up to Chairmans. But the re-deposit fee is waived for Chairmans, so I'd already be getting a $150 (or $300) value for that purchase...so let's say I save $150, that would be like I paid $839 for Chairmans. So the question is, is each of the four e-certs I would get worth the $209.75 average cost that I'd be paying for them ($839/4)? I'm just trying to rationalize if this makes sense to do, and while I know I'd get 100% mileage bonus and an earlier upgrade window, it seems the e-certs are the real added value here, and I'm curious what others think? Given that I have to cancel an award, is it a good value to buy up to Chairman's to make that cancellation free, and then have the additional benefits that come along with that?