How much do you value a Chairman's e-cert?

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  1. DeacFlyer1
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    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?
     
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    Both of my parents tend to fall in that 80K-ish EQM range by December, and they have both been buying up to CP, so they get 2 sets of certs + higher upgrade priority. So if you were to ask them, their response would be, "It's only worth it if you take different flights than we do!!!" :D
     
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    For mileage redeposit fees, it's based on miles from your account. If you use your miles for both tickets, there is no fee to redeposit them. I love this feature - allows you to hold itineraries until something better opens up. However, if someone books a mileage ticket for you - you cannot use your CP benefit to redeposit back to their account.
     
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    Well, you'd also get an extra 25% on next year's miles. If you fly about 78,000 miles again, that's 19,500 extra, worth $200-300.

    For the upgrades, I would pay $200 each way for an upgrade on a flight to Europe. From reports about the new Envoy suites, they might be better. And upgrading with my wife would be worth a bit more, under the "Happy wife, happy life" theory. If I knew that a partner and I would use the certificates next year, I'd buy up for $1000. At 80% likelihood of use? Yes. At 50%? Maybe.
     
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