PM choice benefits

Old Sep 12, 11, 11:55 am
Join Date: Apr 2004
Programs: Delta Gold Medallion, AMEX Skymiles Plat, HH Diamond, Marriott Platinum, Hyatt Discoverist
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SWU were my choice for use domestically.
Already used two of them by upgrading ATL to LAX (Oct 20) on the 777LR. Plenty of Z and X inventory from ATL to LAX but only one Z left and one X for medallion upgrades from LAX to ATL (Oct 22). So I would rather pick my seats now then have to wait it out at or face a gate decision. K fares were about $150 higher but still worth it in my mind.
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Old Sep 12, 11, 11:55 am
Join Date: Dec 2009
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Originally Posted by jamesteroh View Post
I don't see 20K miles being worth anywhere near $200.
It depends on how you use the miles. For example, I recently booked DTW-PVG-HKG-NRT-DTW in BE for 120,000. The cheapest I could find this routing on was $11,116. Or I could use other mix of airlines in business class and get it down to around $8000. That would mean those 20,000 miles are worth about 1/6 of $8,000 or about $1,300. Granted, I won't earn MQM or redeemable miles on that flight so maybe that takes off 25% of the value...still worth about $1000.

If you are going to use them for that type of travel, the miles are worth a lot more than the $200 e-cert.

Last year when I hit platinum for the first time I took the e-cert. Not next year now that I realize the value of the miles. I am going with the miles.
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