With 10+ weeks left in the status renewal season a family member sent me an email asking advice on what to do to keep Gold status. Their planned and paid travel until mid November will leave them with 19,416 eqms towards Gold renewal. Until the last week of December they can only travel on weekends. He is a recent University graduate has no business related travel from his job. Thus, all trips are paid out of his own pocket. The thought occurred to me that he could status match with AS. He is in the SEA area. The AA status was appealing because of the OW partnership. What do you think? One reasonable cross country zig zag would do it for less than $ 500. Or one cal/email could get the elite status and the benefits of better seat selection, free bags, etc.; and save some much needed moolah. What do you think would be the best advice to share with my relative? Thanks.