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$322US For Star Alliance Silver?  
User currently offlineRB211TriStar From United States of America, joined May 2007, 185 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3788 times:

So I got a phone call yesterday from US. They said that I "narrowly" missed the window for preferred status, and wanted to know if I was interested in "buying up" to silver for $322.50.

US has done away with their unlimited 1st upgrades, so all that remains is preferred ticketing/boarding and some security lines in some airports.

Anyone think its worth it? I live near IAD, so as long as Star Alliance doesn't loose UA, I'll be ok... but my travel schedule is hit or miss. I could travel 50k or 22k in a year. No telling. Thoughts?

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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3766 times:

Quoting RB211TriStar (Thread starter):
US has done away with their unlimited 1st upgrades, so all that remains is preferred ticketing/boarding and some security lines in some airports.

$322.50 is quite hefty.
Do you often face long queues at check-in that you would be able to skip by having Silver status ?
Do you receive any bonus miles when flying with Silver status ?

Over here in Europe, where checked luggage goes by weight, not by piece concept, Silver status increases your allowance from 20 to 30 kilograms. And see the charges for additional (checked) luggage an amount of $322.50 could be reached rather quick.

For my local situation in Europe (with LH), I would spend the money. But the situation with US's FF-program might be different ...
-HT

EDIT: And do not be surprised to find this thread moved to Polls&Prefs ...

[Edited 2008-02-01 05:47:54]


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User currently offlineRB211TriStar From United States of America, joined May 2007, 185 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3632 times:

Interesting. Silver gives you a 125% mileage bonus... I guess I forgot to mention that. Check in queues vary between airports, but the premium security lines are almost always a lot shorter. Hmm

User currently offlineUSFlyer MSP From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2160 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3630 times:



Quoting RB211TriStar (Thread starter):
US has done away with their unlimited 1st upgrades, so all that remains is preferred ticketing/boarding and some security lines in some airports.

Not quite sure where you got the no upgrades thing from from --


Silver upgrade schedule (excludes travel to/from Hawaii and Europe)
Full Fare (Y or B class) Economy: Anytime after ticketing
Other paid tickets: 2 days in advance
Companion: Same time as Silver member**


User currently offlineByrdluvs747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 2421 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3410 times:



Quoting RB211TriStar (Thread starter):
US has done away with their unlimited 1st upgrades,

Completely wrong!

http://www.usairways.com/awa/content...idendmiles/preferred/benefits.aspx

I was upgraded on my flight yesterday and show an upgrade for tomorrow.



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User currently offlineMMEPHX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3332 times:



Quoting USFlyer MSP (Reply 3):
Silver upgrade schedule (excludes travel to/from Hawaii and Europe)
Full Fare (Y or B class) Economy: Anytime after ticketing
Other paid tickets: 2 days in advance
Companion: Same time as Silver member**

I have been a Silver member for the last couple of years and it really is worth virtually nothing. I had one upgrade in that time (on 60+ flights) and that flight was cancelled! You do get Zone 2 boarding, but if you book with the US Airways Mastercard that gets the same privilege. So you get on after all the Families with Small Children, extra assistance people, Platinum, Chairmans and Gold plus First Class...so on some flights the aircraft can be almost full before you get on!

Plus side is the 25% bonus miles but they don't count to preferred status and the priority security line (which can be a hit and miss benefit depending on time/airport)

I wouldn't spend the $322 but, personal choice.

In general airline FF programs have become less generous in the perks they hand out and ability to secure the lower mileage rate seats, especially to the less frequent traveler (hey, it is about frequent flyers after all!) but seem to have generated more ways to gain miles. I've given up racking up miles on one particular airline, just have one FF card in each Alliance group and if an airline can get me to where I want to go, at the right time for a price I want to pay then I'll take that and miles are just a bonus that might add up to something.


User currently offlineLHRBFSTrident From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 658 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3017 times:

I got a similar email from AA yesterday too - I thought it was quite a good deal - considering I was upgraded x2 on IB internationally based on measly Gold level status last year  Smile

AA doesn't offer free domestic upgrades for elites - you have to use certificates (eg 5 certificates for LAX-JFK, 3 for LAX-DFW, based on distance) but once they are in your account, you can ONLY use them if you have elite status.

so with 18 certificates in my account, i'd really be paying the $322 just to get the opportunity to use these upgrades, which would otherwise disappear (at least, I'd still have them in my account but not be able to use them due to no status...)

still haven't written the check though....my frugal scottish heritage makes me think twice  Wow!


User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2520 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3017 times:



Quoting HT (Reply 1):
$322.50 is quite hefty.



Quoting RB211TriStar (Reply 2):
Silver gives you a 125% mileage bonus... I guess I forgot to mention that. Check in queues vary between airports, but the premium security lines are almost always a lot shorter.



Quoting MMEPHX (Reply 5):
You do get Zone 2 boarding, but if you book with the US Airways Mastercard that gets the same privilege.

Mrs. 777fan received a similar offer from UA as her MP Premier status was nearing expiration and we both regret not ponying up the money to extend her out. If anything, it's worth it for the accelerated mileage accrual rate, priority boarding and the occasional spot upgrade but that really depends on the *A member. There are some places (LAS comes to mind) where the priority check-in and boarding is a huge plus, particularly if you fly Ted. Somewhat ironically, UA doesn't offer F class service in/out of LAS but still has priority check-in slots which come in handy when the entire Vegas Strip is trying to leave town (as RB211TriStar can probably attest).

Bottom line: if you think you're going to fly about 20K miles next year, you might as well pay for the Silver upgrade. Using some creative mathematics that factor in the 25% accelerated accrual rate, you'd need to basically find a r/t flight for $322.50 to "get your money's worth". The priority boarding, check-in and upgrades would be icing on the cake at that point...

777fan



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User currently offlineOHLHD From Finland, joined Dec 2004, 3962 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3008 times:

My father almost ( several years ago) hit Gold status with * Alliance and they offered him a cheap flight from VIE to MUC to get enough miles. He refused since he does not give a rat ass about the status. Big grin

User currently offlineRB211TriStar From United States of America, joined May 2007, 185 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2056 times:

I'm thinking its going to be worth it. I read the US website on F upgrades and I was wrong (and you guys were right), it hasn't changed... its still unlimited. And since I fly "strange" routes, I've had decent luck with upgrades.

Thanks for helping me with the decision! I'm going for it!


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