Is United Premier Gold worth it?

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  1. Jaguar
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    Folks,

    Please help me out here - by the end of November, I will be at ~43K miles for the year and right now there is a MR from SFO to FLL for December where I can get another 7000 miles (3.1c) to make it to Premier Gold.

    Is it worth the 220 bucks to get Gold? Intuitively, I get the feeling that it's absolutely worth it, but wanted to check with you folks before booking the MR.

    Thanks,
    Jaguar
     
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    I would do that just for the flight as I enjoy trips like that, but you also get almost 9000 RDMs from that flight alone. Gold status gets you 2 E+ seats at reservation (easily worth the $220), 50% RDM bonus, higher probability of upgrade, 3 free bags at 70 lbs, *A Gold, free international lounge access and a bunch of fee reductions. Sounds worth it.
     
  3. ella
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    As a gold this year I'm about 30% successful on upgrades. IAH is home airport. I'm trying to maintain gold for the early boarding, E+ seats, and free bags. RDMs are an added perk for me.
     
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    Well considering you live at a hub, not a surprise you have a 30% upgrade percentage..
     
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  5. Jaguar
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    Thanks for the input folks.. I will go ahead and book the ticket :)
     
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    The 30% is much better than I had expected, so I'm not complaining on that front.
     
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    I decided to go for gold this year and will be doing two mileage runs to get there, so I agree that it's worth it.
     
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    The wife and I will qualify for Gold at the end of our next trip. Having travelled to Dublin as a *silver with friends who were *gold I would say it is worth it.
     
  11. dc8fan

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    I would say go for it, if you can. The benefits, while not what they were, may still prove to be advantageous - especially if planning any international travel - *A club usage alone.
     
  12. Braintreeboy

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    I've been Gold for years (now lifetime Gold because I'm a million miler). It is definitely worth it. My upgrade percentage has been stellar although dropped a bit lately (and I fly out of HNL which is a tough upgrade hub). Best of all is access to Star Alliance Gold Lounges overseas. This past Monday I used Singapore Airlines lounge in SIN and I didn't want to leave!
     
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  13. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    If you have the time for the trip (i am making a similar one in a couple of weeks and plan to use the time to catch up on some reading) and you have plans to actually travel a significant amount on UA/Star Alliance next year then I think it's definitely worth it. The miles you earn with this flight and the extra bonus miles as God that you earn next year will cover the monetary cost.
     
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    I'd say yes, go for it....lounge access, at least some opportunities for upgrades, bonus miles, etc. And enjoy your mileage run flight!
     
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    It is a no brainer. Go for it.
     
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    Don't forget that you can have access to US phone agents. They can do amazing things!
     
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    I don't think that upgrade is available on UA anymore.
     
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    Since you only have to do one MR for $220, it's worth it considering that you're getting somewhere around $140 value in mileage back so you're basically paying $80 for all the bonus mileage for next year as well as lounge access on international trips.
     
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    After another trip to San Francisco in November, I'll have 41,000 UA Premier miles. After reading this thread, I'm going to grant my wife's wish and fly to Hawaii for a mini vacation in December. This trip will bump me to Gold status and my wife to Silver status. I always thought flight tickets to Hawaii were in thousands of dollars. I checked the price yesterday for UA from Newark to Honolulu, Hawaii; the lowest I found was $455 RT. Thank you guys for giving me the idea, and also my wife thanks you.
     
  20. Jaguar
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    I went ahead and did a farelock yesterday for the trip - will buy the ticket using a united card today. The itinerary is SFO-LAX-CLE-FLL-CLE-LAX-SFO. Only thing that scares me is the 45 minute stopover in FLL - I hope my CLE to FLL flight doesn't get delayed for any reason...
     
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    After using the SDC policy very liberally the past 2 trips, I'd say that Gold is very much worth it to me, if just for that.
     
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    Milage runs are adventures. Unless missing a connection would screw something else up, look at that possibility as a lesson in dealing with the airline's bureaucracy with little consequence.
     
  23. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    It depends. I have a similar connection coming up on a pure MR, and if the whole thing unravels at that point, I'll likely not be back home in time for work the next day. For some people that might be more than a little consequence. :)
     
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    I would say that qualifies as screwing something else up. Whenever we fly there is a realistic chance of a missed connection, mechanical failure or weather. There is no vaccine for IRROPS.:(
     
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    When you are the boss, one more extra day off is acceptable.
     
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