Ok, with all the changes, I don't see much benefit for me (someone who's been flying economy every flight) to fight for status (it's nice to have, but it doesn't help when you flight once, maybe twice a year). I do have a whack of points (and growing) due to having the VISA card. So the question is, which is of more value. Buy a T+ ticket and apply to upgrade the flight or just get a free ticket? From the looks of it, it would benefit me more to get a T+ ticket and then upgrade it, but I thought I would see what you think. Thanks in advance.