I’m up to nearly 200,000 EQMs this year on United and have some domestic trips in paid First Class coming up next month. With more than enough miles to qualify for elite status for 2010, I am having trouble deciding whether to credit my miles to United or to re-qualify for Gold status on British Midland.
•Arguments in favor of crediting to UA include:
-Lifetime flights miles (even before watching the latest Up in the Air trailer I have always wanted million-mile status on UA)
-Double redeemable miles
-If I credit to UA, I will surpass 200K EQMs for the year, meaning two more SWUs.
•Arguments in favor of crediting to BD include:
-Earning miles in a mileage program that does not use StarNet blocking
-Domestic lounge access (since non UA and US Star Gold card holders can access any Star Gold lounge on any flight)
-Lufthansa benefits? LH owns BD and we are still waiting to see what they will do with BD’s Diamond Club (mileage program).
To throw a wrench into this, UA is offering free Red Carpet Club access to holders of their new Visa credit card, which they are giving away free to those who earn more than 125,000 EQMs this year. But, if I don’t choose the credit card as my 125,000 EQM gift, I can choose two systemwide upgrades instead.
I think this is a difficult choice. Any thoughts?