United's Selling Elite Status for 2017
Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here.
Did you miss out on earning United elite status through January 2018? Well, check your inbox — UA's sending out offers to buy status, just as American began doing late last year.
One TPG contributor who earned Gold status in 2015 but will be dropping to the "Member" (everybody else) level at the end of this month received the following offer:
Yes, $1,399 is a tremendous amount to pay for United Premier Silver status, which many thousands of customers can actually get for free through the Marriott RewardsPlus partnership. With that program, Marriott Platinum members can get United Silver status without any flying at all — and since Marriott is now instantly matching Starwood elite status, this offer applies to SPG Platinum members as well.
Not only that, but we value United Silver status at just $920 — and that's assuming you fly enough to earn it through flight purchases. Getting $1,399 in value from this status level is a long shot, so your ~$1,400 is better spent on flights — or something else altogether.
What was your United status purchase offer?
H/T: Eric L.