$10/ status credit is easily achievable for a regular flyer. minus the status bonus, that $5500 to retain gold. With a little bit of effort $8/ status credit is possible.Now, as we all know, unless by way of some DSC-driven crazy status run, spending $2,100/year directly with the airline is not enough to achieve or maintain Gold - not really even close assuming normal domestic travel patterns.... maybe at 1,000,000 points (approx. $13k) we would be getting close... but that's a lot of points. In a single year. Even with accelerators, like 3x points for certain purchases, we are still talking about annual credit card spends of $300k... which is not most people.