Usually my travel goals don’t require too much planning since I easily hit the thresholds I want and I just stop there. This year is different. With increased travel and the double elite qualifying miles (EQM) promotion earlier in the year, I’m sitting at 155,000 EQM’s already, with two trips booked bringing me to 170,000 EQM’s. I’ll easily make 200,000 EQM’s, which will get me an extra two systemwide upgrades (1K’s get an extra two SWU’s for every 50,000 EQM’s they earn over 100,000), which is nice. At the same time United has the Elite Choice promotion, and for getting to 225,000 EQM’s I would earn an extra 25,000 redeemable miles. That basically means that I’ll be earning a 200% mileage bonus on those extra 25,000 miles, so I would be earning 75,000 miles for flying 25,000 miles. With a bit of effort I could probably get there, but I’m not so sure it’s worth it. At the same time if I get to 225,000 I should fly the extra 25,000 miles to get to 250,000 miles for the two extra systemwide upgrades, but that’s unrealistic.
See my problem? Any thoughts? 😀