I have an opportunity to do a challenge for gold status later this year. I could delay a trip by about a week to the second half of June in order to do the challenge then and earn status for all of next year. I doubt I'll be flying anymore this year, but my wife and I plan to travel for several months next year on award tickets. The difference in cost is about $400 each from discount tickets to full fare tickets (necessary to complete the challenge) + cost of the challenge. Do you guys think that's worth it or should we just skip it and get discount tickets? I'm trying to figure out the real benefit to us.