Here we are the end of the year and I have a quick decision to make concerning United MileagePlus: push for top-tier 1K status in 2020 or settle for Platinum status.
One of my commanding officers in the U.S. Air Force used to love saying, “A lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.” I cannot help but to feel this applies here. In fact, I feel foolish for letting this slide until the end of December.
In terms of stress and time for my other business, it has been a very hectic year. While always trying to think big-picture, I’ve been taking things one day at a time. That has prohibited me from planning most trips in advance. When it does come time to travel, it’s usually day-of, which means using miles often makes better sense.
Although I’ve flown a lot on United Airlines this year, I’m short of the PQM (premier qualifying miles) threshold of 100,000 miles to make 1K status. I have not done a “mileage run” in years, but am considering one now.
I currently stand at 72,961 PQM with a trip booked next week that will add 8,184 PQM, bringing me to 81,145 PQM. That puts me 18,855 away. Quite a tall task considering Christmas Eve is on Tuesday!
Consequently, I’ve got between now and Tuesday to squeeze in 18,855 miles. As I look at options, I’m trying to weigh my time with the benefits of 1K status.
Is It Worthwhile?
Are the PlusPoints (upgrades) worthwhile? How about the extra service? That’s a personal determination, but I want to take my family to Israel and would love to fly up front at economy class prices. I also want to check out United’s new Cape Town service from the front of the plane, not the back.
If I do take a “mileage” run, I’d like to review a new product, just because I’ve been grounded lately and am actually all caught up on trip reports for Live and Let’s Fly. We don’t really need new United economy or Polaris reports.
Ideally, I would knock this out in one trip, even if I had to spend a bit more for premium economy for the EQM bonus. Thus, I’m look eastward toward Asia and Australia. A trip to Sydney, Melbourne, or Singapore, with a stop or two enroute, would knock this out. On the other hand, I’d love to to head back to Frankfurt, my favorite stomping grounds. On the other hand, I’ll be back in Germany soon and this is really the kind of trip where destination does not matter because I don’t plan to leave any airports…if I take the trip.
Part of me says I should just take Platinum and be done with it. But leaving 1K on the table, especially when this might be my last time to qualify, is proving difficult…
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