28 Responses

  1. CD Lazear
    CD Lazear at |

    Seems like the benefit of these miles is worth it for you so go for it.

  2. Sahib
    Sahib at |

    Yes, do it! I would definitely do it!

  3. Patrick W.
    Patrick W. at |

    Yes of course, that’s a no-brainer.

  4. Cruisr
    Cruisr at |

    YES, yes, yes. The value is there for sure. I’m a bit behind you in the quest for MM status. I should hit it on a flt home from NRT in May.

    Congrats and safe travels.

  5. Food Wine and Miles
    Food Wine and Miles at |

    I’m not so sure. At face value, I would say “yes of course” – but it really depends on your travel plans for next year and whether you think you’ll actually use 4 more upgrade instruments on top of what you already have. Since you have a couple expiring this year that you haven’t yet used, is it safe to assume that you still all of what you earned this year (expiring next year)? That’d be 12, right? (2 RPU at 75, 2 RPU + 6 GPU at 100, 2 RPU at 125)

    The question I’d be asking is whether you’re going to use more than 12 next year. With MM already taken care of, and PQDs in the mix, will you really be flying United that much next year?

  6. Hobo13
    Hobo13 at |

    When you wrote about this sdc issue last week I thought I remembered a similar instance where I had issues but ultimately got it done. And finally, I remember. It was a us issued ticket for a ua code share. Had to call and it took a long time but the agent made it happen. Nobody mentioned the rule to me, they just kept saying it was going to take some time. I guess ignorance is bliss! I’ll be trying to sdc my own widerow ticket in about a month.

  7. Biggles209
    Biggles209 at |

    How about Flex PQMs? You can’t use them to gain status above Platinum, but this is not a status issue, so they may work here.

  8. Jim M
    Jim M at |

    I say go for it. If you can’t fly you buy. Really it’s only $260 and 4 more upgrades, it’s a no brainer go go go. I agree on the CC but the other way of looking at it is if it’s $400 you’ll only be paying $140 for a year lol. Is it worth $140?

  9. jrap
    jrap at |

    make a market

  10. Solomon
    Solomon at |

    Go for it
    I would even pay you the 260 if you don’t use them for trips I could use them on:)

  11. SBG
    SBG at |

    Mileage Plus select card will net you that with a $631 ticket on UA

  12. Mrydoc
    Mrydoc at |

    I would buy the PQM. My justification is you’re only out 210$ if you end up giving the instruments away or they expire. Its cheap insurance as you never know what the next year will bring. If you end up actually using even one, you likely will save much more than that. Even giving them away is fun – especially to folks who don’t usually get to fly up front.

  13. ffi
    ffi at |

    Do it; spend the 260.
    But I see bitterness in your posts about UA or COdbaUA that was not there before with CO alone.

    “Maybe I’ve become numbed to the whole thing. I flew TATL in Y again last week and it really wasn’t all that bad; E+ makes for a decent ride, though the F&B really needs a lot of help.”

  14. Philippe
    Philippe at |

    I would definitely go for it. If you buy those miles, I would buy the 2 GPU of you for more than $260.

  15. Greg
    Greg at |

    For what it’s worth, I’ve found the RPUs I received from UA this year to be basically useless. Still sitting on both, as each transcontinental I tried to use them on didn’t clear (I was wait listed for all flights, even when booking months in advance). Cynically, I feel like I could only use these on a flight to Milwaukee in the dead of winter or on another flight I’d get upgraded on anyway. What am I missing? There must be some value/appeal to RPUs that I’m not getting.

  16. Boraxo
    Boraxo at |

    No way I would pay $260 for a couple of RPUs and GPUs. I have a few that expired last year and a few more this year – they are somewhat worthless when most of your flights are paid C international and completely useless for award tix.

  17. uaflyer
    uaflyer at |

    I am a bit perk pay averse, but each to their own.

    I would not pay for extra as Randy would
    I am aware many FFs are totally addicted as I once was and draining their savings for a minor benefit just to play.

    In this case, it looks equitable

  18. sshank
    sshank at |

    I would go for it. Like you, I find it hard to predict GPU usage and usually end up with a couple unused end of year. However, like medical insurance, or insurance of any sort I suppose, its better than the alternative.

    Assuming UA continues to offer the LH paper GPUs for at least another year, a single Asia /multi leg trip could easily swallow 4 of these. Also, the value of these, in my opinion, is up a little for next year, given the gutting of the award chart (and front cabin awards become progressively more expensive).

  19. SJCRussell
    SJCRussell at |

    You can always sell your advice with a complementary GPU. I think the going rate is around $400 each, so $260 for 4 is excellent!