RU Strategy Question

Old Aug 28, 19, 5:56 pm
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RU Strategy Question

I've got a trip planned AKL-LHR-AKL on NZ in Sep 2020 and need some advice on RU strategy. My Elite year is 1 Sep 19 - 31 Aug 20 and at this stage I probably won't re-qualify for Elite and drop down to Gold as at 1 Sep 20. So for these flights should I:

1. Use my Elite RU's and then Elite APD upgrades for all 4 sectors?
2. Use my Elite RU's for the AKL-LAX-LHR outbound sectors then my Gold RU's for the inbound LHR-LAX-AKL sectors (will be applying these upgrades about 3-4 weeks before the actual flights)?

I'm leaning to Option 1 as figuring that even though I may be Gold at the time of all flights that the Elite RU's and APD upgrades may take higher priority that Gold RU's?
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Old Aug 28, 19, 7:07 pm
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You would be crazy to take option 2.

This far out you should probably be able to get upgrades cleared immediately either on the dates you want or maybe a day either side if you have flexibility of dates.

No way I'd risk waiting till a few weeks out to lodge RUs.
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Old Sep 1, 19, 4:05 am
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Guys, I have a related question.
I'm gold and sitting on 2 RUs at the moment.
I'm edging really close to my renewal date, and look like I'm going to miss renewing to Gold by a hair.
I'm looking at a flight for within a few days of my renewal. If I book that and try to use my RUs, am I likely to be able to get to use them even if the flights in question are after I miss my renewal, or do they vanish regardless of being applied before expiry?
Does anyone have experience on this?
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Old Sep 1, 19, 7:07 am
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You can lodge RUs for a date beyond the expiry date. If they don't clear the upgrades are lost.
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Old Sep 1, 19, 3:45 pm
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Thanks :-)
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