2011 Mileage Plus Elite Status Match Request (ESM) - Challenge Program

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  1. flamingo

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    Is this program worthy to try?

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    2011 Mileage Plus Elite Status Match Request (ESM)– Challenge Program

    Name:____________________________________________________________________

    Mileage Plus Number (must be 11 digits)________________________________________

    Address (as it appears on Mileage Plus account):__________________________________

    _________________________________________________________________________

    Customers are eligible for the Mileage Plus Elite Status Match (ESM) challenge program for new or existing Mileage Plus members, provided they have not previously received a Status match in the last 5 years. This program will 'match' the elite status they hold with a participating competitive airline, up to Premier Executive (1P). Star Alliance carriers are no longer eligible for the corporate status match program, and new eligible airlines include Southwest Airlines.

    Customers are required to provide supporting documentation that explicitly states the Other Airline’s elite level (e.g. a current year membership card or Statement reflecting their status). This information must be scanned and emailed to

    PremierMatch@united.com. Please note: this form must be scanned, not attached as a Word document (which cannot be read), or just include the above information in an email directly to PremierMatch@united.com requesting a Challenge Status Match.

    Customers who have their elite status matched through Mileage Plus customer service will initially receive their matched status for 90 days. During this 90 day period, the customer must complete a specific amount of paid qualifying miles or segments on United or United Express flights to retain their status.

    

    The specific amount of paid qualifying miles or segments are as follows:

    * Premier/2P = 10,000 Base Flight Miles OR 15 Base Flight Segments on United or United Express or Continental (CO, Continental Express, CO Connection) . * Premier Executive/1P = 17,500 Base Flight Miles OR 22 Base Flight Segments on United or United Express or Continental (CO, Continental Express, CO Connection) .

    Upon completion of the above flight requirements within 90 days from date of account upgrade and/or elite effective date, whichever is earlier; customers will receive elite status at the matched level for the remainder of the current program year AND be mailed an elite kit. Customers, who 'achieve' the challenge goal after July 1, 2011, will have their status carried over for the following year through Jan 31, 2013.

    TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Offer valid for qualifying paid travel completed within 90 days from time of account upgrade. Participation does not guarantee elite status. Matched status will expire after 90 days, unless that level or a higher level of elite status is awarded prior to that date. Valid on flights operated by United, United Express, Continental, Continental Express, CO Connection and not on United or Continental -marketed codeshare flights operated by other carriers. Flight must be posted to the Mileage Plus account in order to qualify Travel on Mileage Award or Continental Reward flights do not qualify for this offer. Promotional and/or bonus Elite Qualifying Miles (EQM) and Elite Qualifying Segments (EQS) do not count toward this offer. Other restrictions may apply. Offer subject to change without notice. United, its subsidiaries, affiliates and agents are not responsible for any products and services of other participating companies and partners. United reserves the right to change or terminate the Mileage Plus program at any time without notice. United and Mileage Plus are registered service marks.

    Members who do not complete qualifying flights and/or segments during offer period will lose status and be downgraded back to their earned level or the level they were at prior to the status match.
     
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  2. FrequentlyFlying
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    It depends on how much you're planning to travel the rest of the year & in 2012. If you're currently a general member, you'd immediately get access to Economy Plus, bonus redeemable miles, marginally better phone service, as well as unlimited domestic upgrades (pending availability of course) by signing up. That would basically be a "free" method to get these perks for the next 90 days, and if you flew the required threshold to maintain it then you'd enjoy the perks for future travel.

    It's a tough question that really only you can answer, but hopefully that provides some basic insight.

    (I'm doing the American challenge and find it worthwhile, fyi)
     
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  3. MSPeconomist
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    Somewhere in the details of the CO/UA status challenge program it says that the 90 day trial elite benefits apply only on CO and UA, not across the *A alliance. In particular, you won't get *Gold lounge access until the challenge is completed (and you've received your official elite card).
     
  4. Scottrick
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    And if you fail to qualify, you usually have lost your one and only chance for a status match. I would not recommend it just to avoid paying for E+ for example. I would probably also wait if you can until they announce the details of the new MP program, which should be around late September.
     
  5. Rob
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    By which you mean, "one and only chance for the next five years" because you can reapply for a status match/challenge after five years.
     
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    I was not aware of the five-year rule. Although five years can be a lot of time (I'm not just saying this because I'm young-ish).
     
  7. gobluetwo
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    T&C seem to suggest that it's now a 5 year statute of limitations (so to speak)

    "Customers are eligible for the Mileage Plus Elite Status Match (ESM) challenge program for new or existing Mileage Plus members, provided they have not previously received a Status match in the last 5 years. "
     
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    This was a change implemented when Continental switched to a challenge system, and I think it is great for us, since it acknowledges corporate traveler changes.
     

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