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Confessions of an Elite Status Junkie: Part Two

[This is my second post in a series dedicated to revealing the thoughts, behaviors and actions of an elite status junkie – namely, me. You can read my first installment by clicking here.] The Quest, the Challenge, the Addiction Begins If you follow me on Twitter, you know that in the past week I’ve tweeted…

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Using Premier Accelerator as a Fast Track to United Elite Status

As I mentioned yesterday, I’ll be about 11,000 Premier Qualifying Miles (PQMs) short of Platinum status for 2014 after flying what I have booked for the rest of the year. And I’m currently debating whether to go for Platinum, or settle with lifetime Gold. At this point, my travel plans on United Airlines and Star…

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Pondering United Premier Platinum Over Gold for 2014

“To Plat or not to Plat, that is the question.” I started pondering this last night after updating my mileage spreadsheet to see that after flying what I have booked for the rest of the year, I’ll be about 11,000 miles short of Premier Platinum next year. I had long resigned myself not to go…

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Mileage Run Opportunity: $277.61 Nets 9,838 United Premier Qualifying Miles

A very inexpensive fare has been filed to Anchorage from both Boston and New York on United (and American has now matched). For my example routing below, it comes in at 2.82 cents-per-mile (CPM). As always, act fast if you’re interested since this fare won’t be around long. And availability is tight! [Edited 11:00am PDT:…

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Always, ALWAYS Double Check Phone Agent Bookings Online for Errors

I booked a new United Airlines reservation over the phone yesterday using a canceled ticket from earlier this year… and the agent (or SHARES, United’s reservations system) made a mistake. I’m very much a do-it-yourself kind of person when it comes to making airline reservations and prefer booking trips myself directly on United’s website. Normally,…

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Mileage Run Opportunity: $179.60 Nets 6,974 United Premier Qualifying Miles

[Edited 2:00pm PDT: And zap… it’s gone. This fare was pulled in the last hour or so from all cities. Hope you got in on the deal while it lasted!] Here’s a pretty amazing 2.58 CPM mileage run on United. Availability is rather limited for the routing in my example below, but other connection city…

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New United Airlines Baggage Handle Wraps for 1K and Global Services Elites

A surprise arrived in the mail yesterday from the United MileagePlus Service Center. When I first pulled the envelope out of my mailbox, I immediately had the irrational thought that United had downgraded me mid-year from Premier 1K to a General Member. The envelope looks like a standard membership kit: But my mind was immediately…

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Happy Fourth of July! Top 10 Posts January-June 2013

It’s our Independence Day holiday here in the U.S., and it’s given me time to pause to realize the fact that (more than) half of the year has already passed. It’s crazy how time has flown for me this year. I looked back at the top 10 viewed posts written so far in 2013 here…

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United’s Revenue Model for Elite Status Is Only the Beginning

Earlier today, I quickly posted the news that United Airlines will introduce a new Premier Qualifying Dollar (PQD) revenue requirement in 2014 to maintain or achieve elite status, in addition to the normal mileage requisites. It didn’t come as a shock to me and I promised to share more of my thoughts about the change.…

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United Airlines Adds Spend Requirement for Elite Status Beginning in 2014

Hot off the Flyertalk and Milepoint boards is the announcement that beginning next year, United will follow Delta’s lead by adding an annual spend requirement for elite qualification. Here is UA Insider’s post from this morning: Today we’re announcing some upcoming changes to our Premier qualification requirements for 2014. We’ve posted complete details and a…

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