I've been thinking about this a lot. So much goes into achieving status: a keen eye for promotions, fare sales, navigating explosive relationship boundaries (e.g. "Hey, love, can I leave you with the kids again so I can take three days off to go a quasi run?" "Where are you going?" "Oh, just to Lisbon via Dallas/Chicago/Miami/Madrid") and a little luck. Right now I've got 20K EQMs with 80K more needed to retain my explat status, a moniker I wear as proudly (and foolishly) as a veteran dons his Silver Star. I'm right on target. I should make it no problem. EXCEPT I have a busy family summer planned with little travel. Do I really want to put myself in the desperate need of another generous 3x/2x promotion? And what if AA scraps that idea this year? Am I going to be flying LAX-DEL three straight times in December in order to achieve status? I mean, once you hit Elite Status, it is impossible to go back. There are just too many perks, as you all well know. So the central thrust of this thread is for everyone to offer up their best strategies on their way to elite status. Do you pounce on low fares, even if they are crazy runs, as I just did when I flew LAX-DFW-BWI for $200 ai (with the double eqm promotion to boot) or do you wait patiently for that golden trip that may or may not happen -- last year, for me, I had such a dream trip: PIT-LAX-ORD-PIT-ORD-DFW-NRT-LAX-DFW-PIT-LAX-PIT-ORD-LAX. Also, and this may be a topic for another thread, but does it concern any of you that the achievement of elite status also, in most cases, comes with an addiction to it. Before elite status, I wasn't checking AA's promotions four times daily, running their fares through ITA hourly or scrutinizing my upgrade chances on expert flyer's like a jewelry looks for diamond flaws. Lots and LOTS of time wasted. It concerns me. But maybe that is for a different day. Anyway, curious to hear what some of your strategies are for the rest of the year and preserving coveted elite status.