Reader Question: Worth Paying $800 To Renew Emirates Gold Status?


A LoyaltyLobby reader sent us an email regarding an email that he had received from Emirates after dropping from Gold to Silver offering buy back to Gold for $800 and if he should accept it or not?

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Here’s the email from the reader:

Looks like Emirates are trying to increase since revenue here. This is my first year as silver after 10 straight years of Gold, and I will probably not go up to Gold this year as I don’t travel that much now.

Not sure if it’s worth it- 800 USD is a lot. What do you think?

Here’s the email that the reader received from Emirates:

I guess that the key here is how many times the reader would be using the Gold benefits and if they would be worth the $800? This is not an insignificant amount.

The reader is not traveling that much per the email that would indicate that he would not qualify for the Gold status next year either.

Lounge access, extra luggage allowance and more Skywards miles are the benefits of the Gold status (and theoretically a possible op up every once in a while).

Lounge access and the extra baggage allowance are the main benefits. Paying for extra weight can be expensive if someone is traveling “heavy”. I would value lounge visit somewhere between $20 to $30.


I would say that $800 is bit on the high side for buying back the Gold Emirates status. It really depends how good use he the would put the Gold benefits. There really isn’t clear cut answer to this.

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