Thanks to my Korea trip for work, I became an American Airlines Gold member. So far, I don’t see any huge advantages other than priority for standby (which will come in so very handy when I’m flying home from NJ…I always have to book the later flight because I only sometimes get to the airport in time for the earlier flight…meaning I’m usually on a standby list for that flight, being passed over by other business folks). I do earn free upgrades, which is nifty, and I get an automatic upgrade on some flights, if I’m paying full fare. For work stuff, I’m often a full-fare person, so that might come in handy.