I am new to this forum. As a EC gold member I cannot understand that some people ( VK and others) agree with a reduction of the EC gold card perks. You must be BA staff or associated. As many others expressed on this forum, why go for gold if you get the same benefits with silver. Once you have silver you better go for a high tier level on M&M or Air France/KLM, in order to keep all options open. From a marketing point oif view, this is a major mistake. Many people in my company are frrequent travellers, why should they bother to go for EC gold?