Originally Posted by arollins
Hi, this questions has been asked many times. In the end, only you can answer it. 18K shy of GLD is a pretty big number to accomplish in one MR. If it was a lot less, sure, no problem, do the run and get it over it, but 18K is a lot in one run. Aside that, there is the $ aspect. You are the one that needs to determine if the GLD benefits are worth it to you. Sure, some of those benefits can be attained by having a credit card. FYI, someone has responded to your run request of 18k miles for ~$500.
thanks! I can get the flight cheaper with my soon-expiring travel certificates as well. Might do it, although it still sounds crazy.