Okay, BACK ON
YES, DO IT
I'm a gold elite (headed toward plat), but was silver for several years.
UPGRADES DEPEND ON
YOUR CHOICES more than on Continental's system. They're predictable. Are you flying IAH
? Then you are NOT going to get upgraded, even as a Gold.
Taking the first flight out on Monday? You'll sit in back. Last flight home? Welcome to coach. But if you intentionally take flights that business travelers won't be on (using sheer logic), you'll find yourself upgraded somewhat regularly.
FREE BAGS. Not sure if that's a big deal to you, but I find it nice.
BONUS MILES. As a silver, you get 1.25 miles for every 1 mile you fly. Free miles are handy, even though they're hard to use these days.
ELITE ACCESS- imitated everywhere, copied nowhere, elite access is great, particularly at airport with elite access security lines. Otherwise, early boarding ensures you have overhead bin space, which in turn ensures that you have foot space!
PRIORITY BAG HANDLING- it's always nice to see my bag be first off the belt at Dallas. Certain outstations (cough, Anchorage) have no idea what a yellow "priority" tag means, but more often than not, you come out ahead.
FREE UPGRADES from Y fares, should you ever find yourself on a Y fare.
Now here's the clincher: for a limited time, Continental is doing DOUBLE EQM's. From now til December the something.... uh... 15? Check their website. YOU HAVE TO
REGISTER for it, but you could easily earn status with just a single trip or two, from your 5000 mile deficit.
So, in short, yes... spend a few bucks and get silver. And next year, take CO
for your international trip, and earn those free elite bonus miles!