I just hit Platinum and during my January trips as a GOLD, I didnt see any different than a non-status members, you get the 25% bonus RDM but doesnt help on the status, priority access which is a joke because everyone is priority access and even non-priority can get by which I saw personally, seat assignment? if you get to the airport early and pick your seat, you will get those nice seat. No upgrade, try requesting it and none came through but airport tried to sell it to you for a fee. No club access, no alcohol drink coupon, didnt feel any different, I am a gold with Cathay, every time I flew with them, the head purser comes by and acknowledge you being on the plane and leave their name and if you need anything you can always ask for them, you get club access plus additional miles, very disappointed. Now I am going to try Platinum, I think only executive platinum gets the benefit. am I right or just venting?