Newbie question here. I'm about 2,500 miles away from renewing my Silver Medallion status. If I allow my miles to roll over to next year and then fly the miles I need for Silver early in the year, when would my Silver Medallion renewal status take effect and when would it end? For instance, if I fly the miles in January, will I become Silver again as soon as those miles post, or do I need to wait until 2013 for the status to take effect? And if the status becomes effective as soon as I go over 25,000 miles (including rollover) will my status last through the end of 2013 or just through 2012? And is the expiration of elite status at December 31st, or sometime in January or February? I recall reading some time ago that elite status becomes effective as soon as you earn it (so that earning it early in the year effectively gives you two years of status) and that it doesn't expire until February of the year after the full year you have it for. Unfortunately, a quick google is not finding an answer to "When does airline elite status become effective". If this is true, it would seem to be to be a no-brainer to let me miles roll-over, re-qualify in January, and have unbroken Silver status through 2013 with the possibility of earning the next higher status in 2012. Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer.