I need to fly 16,200 miles to reach my status goal before the end of the year. Put another way, that's a round trip from EWR to HKG (a flight United has, but I have not booked). To make this math worse, I am not flying this week. I can make it though and have 90% of those miles booked. I just need a work trip or some very good luck finding out of the way standby options. I'm not too worried, it is only a game after all.