I was reading the Gold vs. Silver thread and started to think deeper about what it would take to get myself to gold. It's no secret that Silver is really just an honorary title now and the perks really start with Gold. I just barely made Silver this year (34 PQS), but I've been flying more the second half of the year, and at this rate gold may be obtainable next year. With some long haul vacations planned with my SO, Gold would really add some benefits (Y+ at time of booking, etc.). We sometimes hear stories of people that will knock out a couple long haul segments back to back to boost the mileage and get themselves closer to upgrading their status. For me, mileage has always been tough. Both times that I've made Silver were through PQS, not PQMs as most of my travel is domestic, with the exception of international vacation. My 34 PQS this year yielded just 18k in PQMs. Our trip to London was done on award miles so that didn't help add to the pool any either. Certainly you could do a RTW in J and knock out your status nice and early, but we don't really have the time or money set aside for that. Before UA dorked around with the perks, Silver used to get you 1.5 PQS without having to buy a full fare ticket, but that's sadly gone now too.