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 take place in March and we’ll find out the exact date later this month. What still has not been revealed, however, is how we’ll gain access to those Star Alliance lounges that require we show our cards. I’m hoping they’ll either mail out stickers with new expiration dates to apply to our existing cards or just issue the official 2012 credentials even though the systems haven’t merged. I just hope it’s not via Standard mail which has taken nearly a month for me to receive.
Also, as a reminder to those like me who’ve emblazoned their United Mileage Plus number in their memories, they will use the OnePass alphanumeric system going forward. I’ll admit it’s pretty easy to remember and I’ve had mine since 1990, but I’m sad my 001## ### ### will be retired.
Happy New Year!