I’m glad I read my “My Mileage Plus” email last night when it arrived. Turns out United Airlines and Chase are going on a four-city tour to promote the launch of the Mileage Plus Explorer credit card, and they’re in Los Angeles Glendale, CA today (and yesterday). Next up will be San Francisco on August 24th and 25th, then Chicago on August 31st and September 1st, and wrapping it up in Washington DC on September 19th and 20th. Up for grabs are 1 million Mileage Plus miles, United Club (Red Carpet Club) passes, eReaders, and other travel giveaways.
For lunch yesterday I headed over to the Americana at Brand in Glendale where they had the celebration set up at the outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment complex. As I walked up I could hear the emcee congratulating people for their 5,000 Mileage Plus miles, 10,000 miles, two club passes, etc. For the mileage winners he’d go on, “Where are you going to go with those miles?” Wow, I thought… incredible giveaways! They had it setup as if you were queuing through a check-in line with a little makeshift baggage claim area on the other side.
I flashed my 1K card and was directed to the “Priority Status” line, which ended up being longer than those who had no connection with Chase or United. They handed me a baggage claim stub and I waited patiently for my turn. The prizes continued to be significant, so I was looking forward to an easy 5k to 10k miles.
I stepped up, handed over my claim ticket and watched a few bags go by on the belt, then picked my bag. What did I win? A baseball cap with the Visa logo. Ack! The rep could see my disappointment, but urged, “the bag is yours, too!” Then they direct you over to the area where they pitch the card. I appeased them and listened to their schpeel, declined to apply for yet another Chase card and was then on my way back to work. When I closer inspected the bag, there was a miniature Explorer card pin included tagged as a LAX bag.
Even though I didn’t get what I was hoping for, I have to admit it’s a pretty cool event, so if you’ve got the time head over for a chance at getting some easy miles when they’re in your neighborhood.