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Easy Extension of United Airlines Regional, Global Premier Upgrades?

United has been allowing the extension of expiring Regional Premier Upgrades and Global Premier Upgrades (at your request) during the past several months. And I had one of each expiring tomorrow that were extended through December 31, 2012. My call to the MileagePlus Service Center took less than a minute and after providing my PIN,…

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Insight from Jeff Smisek’s United Airlines presentation this week

Earlier this week, United Airlines and many other carriers presented at the J.P. Morgan Aviation, Transportation & Defense Conference in New York, and once again, Jeff Smisek was very engaging as he’s willing to go off-script a bit adding more than what the bland presentation slides provide. I listened to the 40-minute audio of his…

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Haven’t received your 2012 MileagePlus credentials? Me either

It might seem petty to be anxiously awaiting the arrival of my 2012 MileagePlus credentials, but as most of you know, Star Alliance “lounge dragons” demand a valid card for entry. I’ve witnessed many people turned away after not being able to present a current card even though their Star Gold status is clearly evident…

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200 United Airlines MileagePlus miles for new e-miles members plus a sweepstakes

Continental sent out their weekly “News and Offers” email to subscribers yesterday and I noticed an offer for 200 “free” OnePass (soon to be MileagePlus) miles for new e-miles memberships and a sweepstakes with a grand prize of 100,000 miles. There’s a bit of work to get those 200 miles, though, as it requires you…

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United Airlines offering elite status match/challenge all year

Status matches with airlines generally require calling to inquire about the possibility, but United Airlines now has a page on their website dedicated for matches requested between now and December 31, 2012. Primarily targeting American and Delta, it’s open to all competing frequent flyer programs with the exception of those that grant Star Alliance Silver…

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United Airlines reveals 2012 Mileage Plus launch date & more

Tonight, United Airlines revealed that 2012 program benefits – and system conversion from Apollo to Shares – will occur on March 3, 2012. The official “UA Insider” over on MilePoint posted additional details, including very welcome news that we’ll receive letters later this week with stickers for our current cards to officially extend 2011 credentials.…

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Your United Airlines 2011 elite status will extend beyond 1/31/12

If you didn’t hit the mark to requalify for your elite status level with United Airlines for 2012, you’re getting a small bonus this year. While they finalize the transition from Apollo to Shares, United is extending elite members’ 2011 status and bennies until late in the first quarter. I’m guessing the official conversion will…

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United Airlines lifetime mileage has been updated with EQMs

Check your lifetime miles with United. Mine just jumped almost 100k when I thought I was only going to get 15k or so due to the one-time addition of elite qualifying miles dating back to program inception. I certainly hope it’s not a mistake or glitch. How did you make out? [Updated to add: Looks…

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R.I.P. United Airlines Mileage Plus numbers, OnePass numbers prevail

I’m saddened by the confirmation today that United Airlines will use OnePass numbers, but understand since Continental’s reservations system, SHARES, is winning out in the merger. I’ve had my 001## ### ### number emblazoned in my brain since 1988. It will live on, though, on my very sturdy bag tags United used to mail out…

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My thoughts on the United Airlines 2012 Mileage Plus program

United Airlines provided the details for the 2012 Mileage Plus program yesterday, as was widely reported and blogged. Many of the speculated changes did not actually come to pass, but there are some program details leaving many disappointed. All the specifics can be found here and I offer my comments on some of them below.…

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