For those of you looking to get started on elite status re-qualification right away, there are some great deals available right now. Below are a few examples.
SEA-LAX-DEN-ORD-DSM-ORD-DEN-LAX-SEA –> $189 a/i
LAX-IAD-RDU-IAD-LAX –> $191 a/i [same-day turn available]
BUF-IAD-ORD-SFO/PHX –> ~$200 a/i
SEA-LAX-SFO-DFW-BWI/BOS-DFW-SFO-LAX-SEA –> $218 a/i
SEA-SFO-LAX-JFK-LAX-SFO-SEA –> $218 a/i
ATL-PHL-LAX-PHL-ATL –> $221 a/i
Use farecompare.com/flyertalk to check prices from your departure city then use the month-long search on itasoftware.com to find specific dates that work for you. Note that the prices above are only valid on certain dates and often good only for Tues/Wed travel.
Although these are great fares, you might want to hold off until the spring if your schedule allows, because I suspect DEQM promotions will be back. But if you have some time to fly now, you will likely be able to find some good deals.