To upgrade or not to upgrade....that is the question.

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  1. Dubuque75

    Dubuque75 Active Member

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    Hello everyone,
    I'm traveling to PVG to CID. I'm flying F class over to PVG from ORD, however on the way back I go PVG-SFO, SFO-ORD and ORD-CID. Currently I'm in economy plus. However, for $2k I can pay and fly F class on the first two legs (the last leg is not needed as it's only a 57 minute trip). I don't have all the FF miles everyone else has. I only have a total of 107,000 total so far for my lifetime miles and I only have 350 of those left. Is it worth it? Usually my company paid for business, however I have since started my own business and this would be coming out of my own pocket (tax deductible).

    Thoughts?
     
  2. genemk2

    genemk2 Gold Member

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    Wouldn't be worth it to me. Also, using miles doesn't deduct from your Lifetime Miles.
     
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  3. Dubuque75

    Dubuque75 Active Member

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    What's the purpose of Lifetime miles? Just to hit the Million mark?
     
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    Mackieman Gold Member

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    Yep. You earn certain benefits for life once you reach those milestones. All the gory details on that are located here.
     
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  5. MX

    MX Gold Member

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    If you fly in F all the time, you could eventually take it for granted and not enjoy the extra comforts as much as you would with having varied experiences. Also if you enjoy being thrifty, you'd get some satisfaction in preserving your business funds. However, if you're feeling overworked and need to relax a little, then it might be more beneficial both for you and your business to upgrade.
     
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    Wandering Aramean Gold Member

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    I'd save the cash. That's a lot of money for marginal (IMO) benefit.
     
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  7. TravelerRob
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    I'd also stay with E+. $2K doesn't seem worth it.

    -RM
     
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  8. Dubuque75

    Dubuque75 Active Member

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    Thanks everyone for your input. I'll save the money and stay in E+. Maybe I'll spend the savings on a new MacBook Pro for the office. :D
     
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  9. Max M

    Max M Gold Member

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    I'm not sure if you have any elite status with United, but with $2,000 you could use that money for mileage running that would help bump-up status/create status with United. Sure you might not be able to attain elite status by the time you leave/return from PVG, but you'll have miles to use for a future trip and get ever so closer to lifetime status with UA.
     
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  10. KenInEscazu

    KenInEscazu Gold Member

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    I was going to reply that it depends on your age and physical condition. Being 54 years old with chronic back pain plus muscle aches from cholesterol meds, upgrades make the difference between my arriving energetic and rested or aching and worthless. Anything over two hours, and I too often suffer the latter when flying E+. It's not the seat width or leg room, but the cushion quality and recline angle that make the difference for me.

    If I didn't yet have a new MacBook Pro, however, I would probably be willing to suffer considerable pain for a couple of days if it meant the difference between owning one or not. ;)
     
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  11. Dubuque75

    Dubuque75 Active Member

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    Max,
    Are you saying to use the 2,000 to buy miles, I guess I have never bought miles before and it never crossed my mind.
    I'll have to look into it.

    Ken,
    37 years old. I can't be in a "normal" seat for more than 4 hours. It destroys my back. 27 years of golfing, I know....wuss.
    I already have a MacBook Pro, but I'm a complete sucker for new products (retina display). One can never have enough toys!
     
  12. Singapore Flyer

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    If I am not mistaken Max is suggesting using that 2000 dollars to find a bunch of decent mile earning flights to gain status and earn additional miles. Not buy the miles out right though that is an option but probably not a great value proposition.
     
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