What have I gotten with my Silver status for the past couple of years (pro-tip: going to Australia once a year makes hitting Silver much easier)?
- I got free access to Economy Plus seats--which do have more space--discernibly more room. Last year, I could choose my EP seats earlier--new change to silver means it is a check thing which means less of them.
- I have been bumped to first class a couple of times, including once with my daughter on the way back from Orlando (wife was on separate flight to sneak across the border with expired permanent residency card).
- Getting on the plane earlier than other folks. I don't have a lot to cram in the bins (just my computer bag), but with more fees for baggage, other folks fill them up quickly, so getting on early is desirable.
- I get to put one bag into the cargo hold for free when on United but not on its partners (Air Canada). Sometimes, my bags come out first since they are supposed to be priority.
No, I am not the George Clooney character in Up in the Air, but I am thinking a bit more about how to max my points.