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 Premier Gold status.” I certainly hope not… did the pre-merger credentials have similar language for the former Premier Executive status?
As I’m currently a Premier 1K, the credentials inside reflected my existing status that’s valid through January 31, 2014.
A closer look at the text of the folder says that I’ve been “awarded” Premier 1K status. Err, no… I earned that status. I’ll be curious to inspect my companion’s package (who was indeed awarded my status) when it shows up to compare the language.
Nitpicking aside, the folder included 10 beverage vouchers with an expiration of 1/31/14 (giveaway here on the blog is forthcoming for those), a Premier 1K 1Call wallet card with the various toll-free numbers for United reservations around the globe, and (not pictured below) the plastic do-dads for the luggage tags.
Also, the normal explanation of perks for holding 1K status were presented.
And behind all of that was the gift, if you will, of a plastic frame holding a paper card with my name and million-miler year.
I have to say that it was a little bit like Christmas for me opening the box last night. And quite honestly, the external box itself is more of a collectible for me than the plastic certificate. Both, however, are proudly displayed with my other airline items in my home. (Do non-#avgeek million-milers get as much excitement from the package?)
My cat was unexcited by the whole thing.
Next year I’ll fall to Platinum in MileagePlus since I’ll end up at about 80k Premier Qualifying Miles this year, and with United’s new revenue requirements for elite status beginning next year, I’ll definitely only be Gold in 2015 and beyond (assuming I don’t start a new career with excessive travel).
I can’t imagine that I’ll ever see the two-million-mile mark with United. Being well into my 40s now, my arse hurts even thinking about another million.
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