There has been a bunch of talk about elite status and mileage running recently in the miles and points world regarding whether it is worth it, cents per mile, time away from home, etc… I actually just finished a presentation about elite status fast tracks, matches, and challenges at the Chicago Seminars. The reality is that earning United elite status usually requires putting your tail in a seat and flying. The only other route is paying at least 10 cents per elite qualifying mile by purchasing miles from United. That would come to around $10,000 for top tier elite status. #Nothankyou.
However, here is a way to get United status that does not require flying, may (or may not) be less expensive that purchasing the miles outright, and best of all it will benefit a good cause. Here is what is being auctioned off:
1x Premier 1K (normally 100,000 miles)
2x Premier Platinum (normally 75,000 miles)
2x Premier Gold status (normally 50,000 miles)
2x Premier Silver status (normally 25,000 miles)
The auction is brought to you by Kula and Star MegaDo 4. Kula Causes is one of the main sponsors for SMD4 and the auction will benefit the charity of your choice. All proceeds will be available for the SMDers to donate through kula’s wonderful portal.
The elite status is good through January 2014 and anyone can place a bid. Most of us have already secured our path to elite status for next year (at least that is true for most who are striving for elite status0, but this is still an interesting auction. i may make a bid myself. It probably won’t be enough to win, but it can’t hurt to throw your hat in the ring. Kula’s website says their donations are tax deductible. I’m no accountant or tax adviser, but see where this is going? Learn more about the auction and how to participate by heading to Milepoint.com.