"I mean, just consider this," I say to my wife. "With Gold Status, I'll earn more miles on qualifying flights. Plus my MQMs I earn above my medallion qualification tier will roll over into the new year giving me a jumpstart on earning status again."
"Fascinating," my wife says.
"And we'll get 8 miles per dollar, unlimited complimentary upgrades (if available) for domestic flights, waived fees for bags and ticket changes, free checked bags for me and eight traveling companions, and the full Sky Priority suite of services."
"Why are you traveling with eight people?" she says.
"I'm not, but if I were, I could check a free bag for each of them. I mean, that's an incredibly good deal."
"I'm just so excited. So excited. Can't wait until I get that Gold Medallion Status."