[Poll] What is the value of a SWU?

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If you could sell/purchase SWUs, how much would a SWU be worth to you

Poll closed Mar 17, 2011.
  1. $0 - They are worthless to me

    22.2%
  2. <$100 I don't see a use for them as I get upgraded all the time

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. $100-$500 They have some inherent value and I try to use them every year

    33.3%
  4. $500-$1000 They are very valueable and I schedule my overseas travel to utilize them

    27.8%
  5. $1000+ Worth their weight in gold!!!

    16.7%
  1. alpinesoccer
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    I work in Africa and one thing that just happened to me is that my company downgraded my airfare TATL from Z class to B class. This created a conundrum for me as I am used to the nice seats up front. :( But it did give me a chance to use SWU/pay for upgrades.
    For return airfare to the US my corporate travel department game me two options if I wanted to fly Biz Class:
    1. pay $550 for the difference in the B fare basis to the J fare basis :: LOS-ATL-JFK/JFK-CDG-LOS
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    2. use my last two SWU to upgrade from B to Z:: LOS-ATL-JFK/ORF-DTW-LHR-AMS-LOS
    (this is the only route I could fine that had Z availibilty)
    This got me thinking and I know it is a loaded question with many things to consider so I will write it as clearly as possible.

    If you were offered the chance to purchase/sell your SWU's, how much would a SWU be worth to you?

    And as a follow up question:: If Delta made SWU's transferable only through them and for a fee, would you do it?

    P.S. I ended up taking option 2 due to the fact that I know I will make PM this year and get more SWUs and I have no additional travel planned where I would use a SWU.
     
  2. DisneyDude
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    You are lucky, all our international travel is cheapest fare only, oh yes we do get a $500 upgrade allowance. However, M fares are always much more than $500 over the cheaper fares, at least when I fly. Even then I would have to use my own miles for the actual upgrade.
     
  3. Indiana Delta Diamond
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    But a lot of companies don't have that policy that is why Delta does. I have a relative that just got back from his twice yearly trip to Japan in paid J.
     
  4. MSPeconomist
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    Actually, I'm pretty happy with nontransferable SWUs on DL. To me, upgrade availability when I book is very important and I do not want to play the SWU lottery and wait list game.
     
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    Me too. Except that I pay my own way, as there is no way my work would pay for FC or J.

    Y,B,M fare have gone up way too much lately. But I have used all my SWU/PMUs from 2009. And I selected PMUs for my Choice benefit for 2010. Still sitting on the 2011 choices...
     
  6. alpinesoccer
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    I am pretty happy with the non-transferable SWU too and love to lock in the upgrade at booking. I just wish I could use my friends 6 SWU's that he will never use since he doesn't travel outside the company paid travel.

    I would find it hard to purchase a Y/B/M fare and then upgrade on my own. But luckily since corporate pays for Y/B/M fares then I will gladly use it. (Yes, I know I am lucky, but one of the entices to come work in Africa was that it would be Biz Class)
     
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  7. MSPeconomist
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    Why does your friend select 6 SWUs if he knows that he won't use them? He could pick miles or a giftcard instead.
     
  8. alpinesoccer
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    Sadly, the force is not strong with him. [​IMG]
    Some of my coworkers who hit PM/DM on DL didn't even know about choice benefits!!! Crazy I know![​IMG]
     
  9. MSPeconomist
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    Time for some education. Do your duty.
     
  10. alpinesoccer
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    Aye Aye Captain!
     
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  11. Indiana Delta Diamond
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    I had to alert my dozen or so coworkers about it. I told them I deserve a finders fee.
     
  12. A PMU to me is generally worth the number of miles it would take to normally upgrade. The fare restrictions make them pretty unappealing in general due to the Y/B/M cost :-/.
     
  13. TheMadBrewer
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    I used 4 of my 6 PMNW PU503 upgrade certs -- two on an M fare to HKG during the double/triple promo in 2009 (and M fares were still reasonable -- $1700 ex-LAX) and two on a domestic flight to ATL where only K was available.

    Didn't choose them for my 2010 PM Choice Benefit (at the time I didn't expect to be DM)

    I just did choose them for one of my 2010 DM Benefits. I booked a business trip to ZRH in AF Premium Voyager ($1400+) and used two to upgrade to Affairs. I have a trip in the fall where I may try this again -- if that option is still available -- and I figured sometime in the year I may have another K domestic flight were I could use a pair.

    If the deal with AF is discontinued, I won't select them again. I am self employed and travel on my own dime -- no way to justify $2000-$3000 TATL M fares.
     
  14. MSPeconomist
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    And if we use the rule that a DL mile is worth one cent, then we get a monetary equivalent for a SWU, although it will be a range because the miles to upgrade depend on the route and fare (full Y versus other upgradeable fares).
     
  15. Travel2Food
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    To me, it's the difference in price between an M fare and an I fare internationally. That's generally a couple of hundred dollars. The M fares I've seen recently aren't too much different in terms of fare rules than I fares.
     
  16. cfischer
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    They WERE useless ... I mean < $10 until the recent changes. Now I can get day-of-departure upgrades and more importantly A-class on AF or W-class on DL is upgradable. I value them @ $100-$200 a piece.
     

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