I thought I would share a funny story from the weekend. I still consider myself pretty new to the miles and points acquisition game. I was at my local regional (national officially) airport this weekend renting from Avis (for the miles of course) and I thought I would pop by the AA counter and inquire if the agents regularly saw any reasonable rates out of SGF (something that would qualify me via segments rather than miles or points for AA elite status). Another man was there obviously very friendly with the 4 AA agents and listened in as I inquired about low fares and my desire to finally make AA elite status. When I was done he said...I am executive platinum and those upgrades are nearly worthless. I about fell over backwards and I still kicking myself for not saying, well if you have some SWU's you don't think are worth anything I really want to fly something like ORD-MIA-NYC-NRT-SIN and I think I can put them to some good use. I was just too shocked to say anything in retort. Are there really that many EXP's out there who don't find much value in their status? I assume this guy fly's excessively for work and for vacation is REALLY happy to stay home.