Boarding Passes

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  1. sfo1
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    Has anyone kept over the years all the boarding passes they have ever been issued by UA and their partner airlines?
     
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    After mileage for the flight credits, I cannot imagine a single use for old boarding passes. :confused:
     
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    I don't even keep them for that. Other than times they've handed me a new boarding pass at the gate when I was upgraded, I've not had a paper boarding pass in many months, and I really prefer it that way.
     
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    I have only been a UA flyer for 3 years, but I have EVERY single boardingpass issued to me except for my SMD4 SFO-IAH segment as them bastards collected the boarding passes. I keep them in envelopes that are labeled with depart/arrive date, Year, month, day, and routing. EAch for its own etkt number. I also keep copy of parkign paid for that trip too.
     
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    The only reason this came to my mind is that what would happen if the UA computers crashed and all our flying data was completely wiped out? Not that it could happen, or could it?:eek:
     
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    Good lord...why? :eek:

    UA is a global company with billion dollar enterprise IT systems. While I can't say definitively, I'm still quite sure they have not only some redundant systems but also off-site backups for critical systems like that.
     
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    Its all nice and organized, its like a hard copy flight memory =D
     
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    Indeed, what would happen?

    Nothing.
     
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    Smart idea as far as I am concerned, you just never know and those that do not will only be able to say :eek::oops: it's really not much different than saving stamps, or letters or anything else that is of value, wish I had thought of it years ago.
     
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    You are 100% sure of this? Nothing is 100%
     
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    Indeed, nothing is 100%. And yet there is still a value calculation you have to make when getting obsessed with something. Like, for instance, whether they'd let you mail in the BPs to prove your history or not. And even if they would, if they'd bother trying to recreate that history were there such a failure. And that's not taking in to account their back up processes or the fact that not too long ago they still had the hardware and software available to read everything from the Eastern Air Lines exports they did when merging those two FF programs in to the CO side of things.

    I collect lots of things. I do it for fun. I certainly am under no impression that my personal "backups" of life events will be required or permitted should a company have a massive failure, the impact of which is FAR beyond whether my MMer status is still noted or not.
     
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    They make good bookmarks (at least, the old card stock ones do).

    I foresee the next question being "who still reads paper books?" :D
     
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    I have every single BP stub stapled to each itinerary with said itinerary and it's brothers & sisters stapled to its corresponding MP statement since I joined in MP 1998
     
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    How many of y'all have a filing cabinet filled with things like your water and electric bills from the past few decades? ;)

    To each his own, but I've pretty much gone paperless with everything in my life as much as possible, and I much prefer it that way.
     
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    Correct. Lest we forget, major airline computer systems are among the most stable in existence, as they generally rely on long-proven technologies and are moderately complex in the storage and use of data.

    While user interfaces to airline computer systems malfunction and fail on occasion (sometimes with noteworthy results), major breakdowns of core airline computer systems are truly rare, with no significant airline ever having suffered a irrecoverable loss of important commercial data in the 21st century to the best of my knowledge.

    If one wants to worry about computer malfunctions causing problems only paper hard copy can fix, lose sleep over financial institutions instead -- unlike airlines, banks and investment houses are all over the map in terms of computing reliability and data storage and handling.
     
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    But collecting boarding passes could also be fun to some people, memories of trips or whatever and yet it could still serve an important purpose.
     
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    Who reads paper books, not many and that is a real shame.:)
     
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    I agree that it could be fun and I don't fault anyone who does it for that reason. Like I said, I have collections, too.

    The idea that somehow it is useful as a backup to the company computer systems, on the other hand....
     
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    I used to use them for that all the time. It's pretty fun opening a book that I haven't read in years and having an old boarding pass fall out.

    Sent from a place using a fruit thing.
     
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    I don't. I switched to mobile as soon as it became available just to reduce the clutter in my life.

    It doesn't hurt that most of my boarding passes don't exactly have a profound memory attached to them. When I stumble across an old one it's more like, "oh, yeah, another winter meeting in MCI, I bet I hated that," or, "wow SMF in August, bet it was effing hot."

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    Don't you print off your annual summary at the end of the year? You'd have that in hard copy.
     
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    This is why God gave us FlightDiary
     
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    Yes I do
     

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