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janetadams
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August 1, 2014 8:38 am  

I think you did the right thing. It is not the matter to worry for you because you have done the great thing early before.


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windy99
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December 13, 2014 7:20 pm  

My game used to be: For how few dollars can I fly my 100,000 UA butt-in-seat miles to make MileagePlus 1K next year? The answer, in recent years anyway, used to be "about $ 7,500.00". And I considered it a challenge, worked hard and shopped hard to make those metrics, had consecutive years of success often, and then they pulled that whole PQD (Premier Qualifying Dollars) thing on us. And dropped the rate at which 1Ks could earn MileagePlus miles by 45% beginning I believe March 1, 2015. 2014 minimum spend was $ 10,000.00. Same with 2015. But sometime in Oct.-Nov., 2014, if I'm recalling correctly, UA notified us way in advance that in 2016, the minimum spend was rising to $ 12,000.00. I guess they want someone else's dollars worse than they want mine. . . .

I leave reluctantly. I love to fly just for the fun of it. I'm a UA Million Miler. . . .


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Dublin_rfk
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December 13, 2014 9:54 pm  

windy99, post: 2507678, member: 39356 wrote: My game used to be: For how few dollars can I fly my 100,000 UA butt-in-seat miles to make MileagePlus 1K next year? The answer, in recent years anyway, used to be "about $ 7,500.00". And I considered it a challenge, worked hard and shopped hard to make those metrics, had consecutive years of success often, and then they pulled that whole PQD (Premier Qualifying Dollars) thing on us. And dropped the rate at which 1Ks could earn MileagePlus miles by 45% beginning I believe March 1, 2015. 2014 minimum spend was $ 10,000.00. Same with 2015. But sometime in Oct.-Nov., 2014, if I'm recalling correctly, UA notified us way in advance that in 2016, the minimum spend was rising to $ 12,000.00. I guess they want someone else's dollars worse than they want mine. . . .

I leave reluctantly. I love to fly just for the fun of it. I'm a UA Million Miler. . . .

No they are not making anything easier or fun. And I am sure that most of the changes were made to "thin the herd". But please carry one and I hope you continue to enjoy flying. another 1mm

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SF-CSH
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December 14, 2014 3:32 am  

Count me in as another 1K and MM who no longer feels any connection to United. I'll fly them when it's convenient, and when it passes cost/benefit analysis. No more running for me, unless there's a sweeping change.


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TravelerMSY
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March 6, 2015 2:48 am  

I'd say that MR for domestic status is only worth it at the margins. To try to be a 100k flyer when you're only a 25k natural flyer is exhausting. Better to give up on domestic upgrades and just buy the tickets you want. Or just fly Southwest.


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Colonel G
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May 6, 2015 10:27 pm  

The secret is to make Million Miler status and then you don't need to work too hard to get benefits. In fact, as a Million Miler on UA, it is simply not worth it unless there is a year where I think I can make Platinum. Still have to maintain Alaska MVP Gold 75K!

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December 14, 2015 1:35 am  

snap, post: 570590, member: 458 wrote: After seven good years, I started a vacation from MRing 7 months ago. It's tough sometimes, but it's a break I should have started 2 years ago.

Well, 4+ years after the above post, I even went so far as to allow my passport to expire this October without renewing. I feel free from the burden of always looking for the next great deal and from the annual strive for status. Other than a couple status matches on non-US airlines, I am at primary levels sitting in E- on the few flights a year, and so far, I'm okay with that.


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