Elite Bag Tags

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  1. WilCo
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    WilCo Silver Member

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    Minor disappointment-lost my bag tag on its maiden voyage. It's definitely not the first that has fallen off and I'm sure it won't be the last. If like to see a better designed tag attachment mechanism.

    1st world problems, I know.
     
  2. genemk2

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    I use a very short bit of 550 cord, doubled up on itself. So far, it's been fine. The plastic that UA gives out with the cards is totally useless.
     
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  4. edcho

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    Totally agree! I've had mine for a year and a half with no issues.
     
  5. webdes03

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    I use a keyring loop, though I've also historically kept my elite tag on my backpack, not sure how it'd hold up on checked bags.
     
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  6. 8MiHi

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    I also lost an Elite tag shortly after getting it so I'm a bit more careful with them - they are not used for checked luggage unless solidly encased and secured. For carry-ons we use several nice PMCO amenity kit leather tag holders as well as the MP MM tag holder. All have windows to the tag. A leather strap with a buckle or invisible tape on the provided strap so that it won't unlatch itself can work as well.
     
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    I use the same...... it was supplied with my old elite bag tag from PMCO.
    When I saw what the post merger United supplied, I figured they must've saved something like $1.00 per thousand.:rolleyes:
     
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  8. stephenbgarvan

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    I wouldnt dream of using for checked luggage- tags of all kinds dont last long that way- I proudly have my United MM tag, milepoint, a global tag w/business card on it, etc on my durable & dependable carry on..It has seen more than a million miles itself!!
     
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  9. konoyaro

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    I'd been using my original set of tags on my carryon luggage with the UA supplied straps with no problem. With my second set of tags, I moved the originals to my checked luggage, still using the original straps. These have survived two flights thus far.
    That said, I've been thinking of changing the straps to something like this for checked luggage before my luck runs out: http://www.tiewraps.com/usa_tie_wraps.html
     
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  10. NYCUA1K

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    Same here, and the original tag has held up pretty well. I do not think that it would last a day on checked luggage, however (witness the OP's case)....
     
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    I proudly keep my 1k bag tags in my desk drawer at home with all my "elite" cards until I come to the realization there is no need for them and throw them away.
     
  12. 8MiHi

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    I found that the wire 'straps' make excellent industrial grade saws. They will cut right through the finest ballistic grade nylon handles like little else in this world.
     
  13. HubletUAFlyer

    HubletUAFlyer Gold Member

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    Yes they do.
    As for luggage tags on checked luggage, i go for the heavy duty, ugly as sin, plastic tags from Samsonite or use the provided tags on my tumi gear.

    Ill leave my MP tag inside my bag as a backup only.

    Just one less thing with my name on it to be left laying around after the baggage handling gorillas are done "carefully" handling my bags.
     
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  14. stephenbgarvan

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    might work!! I dont know if its the machinery or frequently thrown bags that wreak havoc on tags and bags...
     
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    Ah, egos :p
     
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  16. konoyaro

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    The tie wraps can also serve double duty as a TSA lock alternative if you carry a couple spares :)
     
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    Cable ties work well. :)
     
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  18. jgg630

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    Ordered my tags last night
     
  19. 8MiHi

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    Of course! We earned it, we're going to show it. They have helped me twice now on connections where general boarding had begun when I arrived. In each case the GA was directing me to the general queue until she saw the tag. It sped up the process for me.
    I did notice that you note your status on your posts. I think that helps readers recognize that you are both knowledgeable and experienced.
     
  20. sfo1
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    Knowledgeable, I hope, experienced, you bet. l I guess I could have put a little differently, I wouid never have a luggage tag that showed my name as does the UA tag, IMO don't think it is a good idea. If it had a place where name and address could go, like slipping an office business card into a holder(not my home address as I don't want airport people who see it to know I am gone and my home may be empty) then perhaps I might use it.
     
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    The back of my tags have space for address, phone, e-mail etc. I do not object to having my name on the front of the tag, but your point is reasonable.
     
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  22. Weatherboy

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    My tag from '12 was lost on my last flight. Considering UA has yet to send me '13 credentials, I suspect I won't be putting tags on my bags anytime soon.
     
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    Smart,experienced traveler!
     
  24. Misplaced Texan
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    But, but....how are they going to know who you are?
     
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    It helps you figure out who you are sometimes...
     
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