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United Airlines Million-Miler Credentials: A Look Inside

Last month, I (finally) rolled over one million lifetime miles in United’s MileagePlus program and yesterday I received my credentials via USPS Priority Mail. Here’s a look inside the package. The first item upon opening it was a letter from Tom O’Toole, United’s president of MileagePlus. Note the language that, “you will never fall below…

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The Magic of Air Travel and How It Itself Can Be the ‘Destination’

There’s something that I’ve wanted to get off my chest for the past couple of months. I’ve seen multiple Twitter conversations lately between several different people that I follow debating the end goal of accumulating miles and points for travel. And I’m not talking about the addiction of earning status or milking the system for…

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Curing a Case of Major Non-Travel Anxiety

I found myself in an unusual situation this past weekend. For the first time in… well… for as long as I can remember, I had enormous anxiety in both not traveling or having anything “on the books.” It began on Friday when I jealously monitored my Twitter feed noting how many of those I follow…

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Flight Review: United Airlines BusinessFirst, San Francisco to Seoul

[This is the second part of my Million-Mile Trip Report. You can read the introductory post by clicking here.] My inbound flight from Reno arrived about four hours prior to boarding for the Seoul flight, so I had plenty of time to set up shop and get some work done in the international terminal United…

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Sharing Your Premier Status as a United Million-Miler

One of the perks of holding million-miler status on United Airlines is the ability to share your current Premier status with a spouse or companion. And having just achieved the one million mile mark, I went through the remarkably simple process to do just that. To further clarify, MileagePlus allows you to share your status…

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United Airlines Million-Mile Trip Report: Introduction and Background

Last month, I (finally) crossed one million lifetime miles in United’s MileagePlus program. It’s been a long time coming, quite honestly, as I’m certain that I crossed the actual flown amount on United metal years ago. As did most members, I received a nice bump in lifetime miles when Continental OnePass merged with United MileagePlus,…

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I Won a United ’30 Days of Friendly’ Giveaway… Can You Use It?

In case you haven’t heard, United Airlines is running a daily Twitter promotion highlighting its new “Flyer Friendly” ad campaign that resurrects the “Fly the Friendly Skies” slogan. I posted about it last week when it was introduced, and it’s basically 30 days of random giveaways mostly focused on prizes redeemable in hub cities (at…

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Sunday Reading: My Fireside Chat With Rene at Delta Points

Rene over at Delta Points hosts a fireside chat with a different BoardingArea blogger every Sunday, and I was happy to “sit down” with him in this week’s installment. It’s a great way to introduce other BoardingArea blogs that you may not be reading, while at the same time getting to know the person behind…

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Quick Poll: Would You Have Upgraded to United Global First for This Offer?

I’ve returned from a relatively quick trip to Seoul and will have a full trip report coming soon, but I’d like to quickly put this poll out there to see if any of you would have jumped on this upgrade offer. As background, I booked an upgradable coach W-fare and applied two Global Premier Upgrades…

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United’s Social Media Team Wows With a Fantastic Million-Mile Congrats

Earlier today, I landed in San Francisco on United Airlines flight 892 from Seoul and officially rolled over one million lifetime miles in the MileagePlus program. I’ll have a full trip report in the future with some additional background, but I have to quickly post about the fantastic response I received from United’s social media…

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