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Old Jun 7, 19, 10:22 pm
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But the flip-side is that you can now purchase most of the benefits of status. In fact this might actually save you money, as the underlying plane ticket can be booked on a time and price basis.

Want priority boarding - any LCC will sell it to you. Or get EasyJet plus. Virgin does "economy Delight" which gives priority too. And get lounge access off your credit card.
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Old Jun 8, 19, 12:01 am
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I made Gold kinda by accident last year - and I doubt Iíll miss it because I havenít really used it much. My TP year falls a little awkwardly and the trips weíve done this year havenít provided any benefits for it so far (only one F lounge).

Iíve also gone about it all wrong - having booked an Avios trip for just after my new year starts for the RWC, so while I will still be Gold I ought to be trying to rack up points. On the other hand, I doubt Iíd be going to Japan if I hadnít done it on points.

I will try to maintain Silver - for me and the other half, who has gotten used to that a little (and hates herself for it!) - and maybe maintaining Gold will be a thing in a few years, but for now Iím just glad of the soft landing.
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Old Jun 8, 19, 2:27 am
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I have has Silver status for several years and have no desire (or the cash resources) to chase Gold. I am happy with the benefits of Silver, particularly seat selection in Y on short haul where I usually manage to get exit row seats, so no need to pay for CE. Will be doing a 600pts TPR in late Oct/early Nov to retain that status.
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Old Jun 8, 19, 4:54 am
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I was Gold for a while and then Silver. I miss Gold. As a leisure traveller I normally fly Club so Silver doesnít make much difference, but I miss the F Lounge / Terrace and check in, as well as allocating front row seats short haul & the softer unpublished benefits.

That said, I am not as loyal to BA as I used to be. I find their shorthaul J now to be underwhelming both in terms of hard and soft product - the small touches such as dedicated CE loo, wardrobe space and attentive service seem to be slowly going away. I find the lounges busier than ever, and I think as I have got holder, I value family time more than ever so the novelty factor wears off. Iíve just booked with easyjet to go away this summer as schedule is better, I can get exit row seats + speedy boarding & Iíll have more legroom than in CE. Gatwick North Clubroom access booked & same price as BA ET where Iíd not get a drink anyway - so why book BA traveller over easyjet? You pay your money and take your choice.
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Old Jun 8, 19, 5:36 am
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Silver for 4 years - dropping to bronze after November.
I will miss immediate free seat selection but have convinced myself that I will have new and interesting experiences in the airport when I travel less than business class.
I will definitely miss the Flagship lounge in ORD on domestic flights with AA.
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Old Jun 8, 19, 5:40 am
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(On the other hand) As a leisure traveller, just hit Silver for the first time after many years! Not planning to go any further though, another 900 TP to gold sounds too far away!
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Old Jun 8, 19, 5:54 am
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Dropping from Gold to Silver

I count myself pretty lucky to have maintained Gold for this long. I first achieved this dizzy height in Q2 2016 so knew it would be there until Aug 17. Being caught up in the May 2017 fiasco I had my Gold statu extedned out until July 2019 (Card epxired Aug 19) and considering in that time I would have only achieved Silver in each year the fact this year I drop (if that's the right term to use) to Silver I've got no complaints. I've been thoroughly spoiled with First Check-in at T5 and spending hours watching landings and departures from the First lounge. I'll miss the fat check-in, the additional award seats available but at least as a Silver I can still use the lounge and I assume still get free seat assignment. But I will miss the First lounge that's for sure.

There is light at the end of the tunnel. My future life as a Silver will be relatively short as future travel pland mean I will attain Gold again April 2020.

Put into persepive, things could be a Sh*t load worse in life.
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Old Jun 8, 19, 6:29 am
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Originally Posted by cauchy View Post
But the flip-side is that you can now purchase most of the benefits of status. In fact this might actually save you money, as the underlying plane ticket can be booked on a time and price basis.

Want priority boarding - any LCC will sell it to you. Or get EasyJet plus. Virgin does "economy Delight" which gives priority too. And get lounge access off your credit card.
This is so true. I am glad that airlines de-bundled their offering so one can choose the bits they actually need. Airports also started offering fast track immigration and security for purchase which I always use. I am not tied to BA on shorthaul so cannot use the status, but almost all airlines I use offer everything that one would normally get either with the class of service or via status for purchase. The only thing that they don't offer is priority check-in unfortunately. I just bought a trip to London for 2 with UIA paying for an extra comfort seat, bags, hot meals, seats at the front of the cabin (so basically a business class experience), which ended costing good 40% less than what I used to pay for economy a few years ago, and three times cheaper than buying business class now. It's nice to have status but the world does not end when we loose it. Lounges at non-home airports are horribly sad so I'd rather sit at a bar. I lost a Premium status with PS last year, and honestly did not really notice a difference apart from losing the business class check-in benefit.
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Old Jun 8, 19, 11:14 am
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Dropped from silver to blue and couldn't care less. Flying different airlines and it does the job
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Old Jun 8, 19, 1:29 pm
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I have to pay to get what I want.
You are posting in the wrong forum, my dear!
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Old Jun 8, 19, 7:01 pm
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As a mainly blue with a bit of bronze every now and then, I completed my rise from Gold some time ago.
Once one realises that lounges are uncleaned sweat pits of fools with loud mobile phones and noisy children, which often have no space as individuals seek to occupy four seats, all you have to do is seek out the right coffee bars and bars, and areas for the great unwashed that are pleasant.
The coffee bars serve freshly made barrista coffee which beats any lounge, and the almond croissants are never stale.
I am not going to tell you where to go at T5 and LGW as you might make it crowded. It is more secret than T5B lounge.
So my normal T5 routine as a silver card holder if connection time is less than 2 hours is to buy a chicken and bacon caesar baguette and a coffee at Pret near gate 2/3 and sit at a gate that has just finished boarding. Really relaxing non crowded time for just £7. Lounge is not worth the hassle at busy times.

If connection is longer I will go to lounge for sure.
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Old Jun 9, 19, 12:00 am
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65% and 77% of the way to Gold for life... The only worry is theyíll move the goal posts in the next 3-4 years.

BA is acceptable for now, Iíd very fast switch to a competitor if I lost seat selection, was relegated to galleries club lounge or the first class cabin disappeared or became inaccessible...
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Old Jun 9, 19, 12:02 am
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Surely status is only worth it if you fly a lot? Otherwise just buy the benefits and it's cheaper. Yeah it's nice being a GCH but only because it makes flying LH (which I do most weeks) more pleasant. If I'm not flying long haul most weeks then I care not a jot.
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Old Jun 9, 19, 1:22 am
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A quandry for me. Estimated 1,330tp this year. Do I go the extra mile(s) for the sake of it.
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Old Jun 9, 19, 3:19 am
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We are just about to both hit silver for the first time due to a QR flight last year in J and some CE travel on BA more recently. Once Other Half got a taste of Lounge Life and early boarding at the front of the plane I'm not sure he will ever go back. Neither of us travel right now for work, however in reality Silver probably isn't that hard to maintain - one really good QR flight ex-EU (and we usually have reasons to be in Stockholm for family) and some CE BA returns and you are pretty much there.

However, while we have done a BA redemption in CW/First this year and just did the CE in the big 777 to Madrid (and the IB version on return), when it came down to book revenue flights home to the US later this summer we went with SAS in their Plus long haul cabin for better value. For the same price as BA WT+ out of London, we get: better seats to ORD, an overnight at the Radisson Blu Arlanda, five days car hire in Sweden, and our LHR-ARN flights (on BA, in econ). We liked the SAS Plus product and amenities included (ARN/ORD lounge for what its worth, extra luggage, priority boarding,seat selection), ORD is a 'short' run for us, we have to stop and see family anyway, and while I would like to try the SK biz offering, it just isn't worth the premium on this flight. Besides, the SK miles slot into my VS account and other half has his Eurobonus account, so its not like they are going to waste.

I like to think of the BA status as a tool to 'smooth the way' rather than being the only way. The perks on the BA flights (mostly luggage allowance) were the decider over taking the similarly timed SAS flights to ARN. Bronze status helped earlier in the year when our AA flights got changed and helped us get luggage checked, and if we had silver then I imagine would have helped with some of the layovers. I can believe that if you are a very frequent biz traveler and more likely to get stuck in delays or cancellation then status is helpful, but for a leisure traveler like us it comes down to price/value/destination/aircraft type/layovers and mixing and matching to find the best value possible.
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