Global services based on spend

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  1. ClarkyBoy
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    Hi all,


    I believe I read somewhere months ago 2013 GS will be decided by spend. Is this still true?
    Never made GS before so maybe this year :)


    Anyway to get your 2012 spend from united vs. manually tracking it?

    Thanks!

    Clarkyboy
     
  2. Flyer1976
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    You'd need to be buying a lot of high fare tickets in Y,B,M and Business or First Class tickets to even be considered for GS. I believe UA wants people that spends in the ballpark of 50k to qualify for GS status.

    I think therefore I Poast!
     
  3. Pat+
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    It's always been the case, nothing new here. (Although there are other criteria too, for example GS has been given to travel "influencers", company execs and so on.)

    Not afaik.
     
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    I agree with the influencers part.


    I'm sure there are other ways to get it, but generally execs of "high traveling" organizations seem to get it.
     
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    As others have posted, it has always been based on people who are able to generate a lot of spend, either because they do a lot of traveling on premium fares, or because they direct travel of a lot of employees. The thresholds were never published by pmUA and it was believed that the thresholds varied by the competitiveness of the home airport. Particularly hub captives in SFO, EWR, IAH might have higher thresholds thank folks living in more competitive cities.
     
  6. ClarkyBoy
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    Thanks everyone. I guess all those Z business tickets will get me every time :)
    I have to say flying 160K miles a year and still being a 2nd tier UDU etc is really causing me to consider options. Thought it might be simpler next year but i guess not.

    Thanks Again.
     
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    United would certainly love you more if you would buy C and D fares.
    I'm not sure the grass is greener anywhere else. AA has less service and no lie-flat. DL has about half lie-flat and there's a reason they are called Skypesos.
     
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    The first rule of GS is you don't talk about GS. :))
     
  9. Seacarl
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    Is the second rule to refer to the first rule?
     
  10. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    I've always wondered about that. I am neither a travel influencer at my company nor a regular traveler.

    But they make me take ethics and anti-corruption online classes about every year, and if I were to follow what I am taught in those courses, I would under no circumstances be allowed to accept any elite status "gift" if I had any influence over our company's travel provider choices.
     
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    Isn't one part of the course that ethics is only for the little people?
     
  12. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    There may very well be a different version for the big people.
     
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    By influencers they don't really mean a travel coordinator type, (where it would be considered a bribe) they mean the owner of the company (or CEO) who employs all of the people who travel.
     
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    The CEO, if he's not the owner, is an employee, too.

    But yes, I was thinking of somewhat lower-level travel procurement people. Do they not get perks? I am sure I have read stories about corporate meeting coordinators receiving (or expecting) suite upgrades at hotels, for example.
     
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    Anyone know how/when you find out if you did not get it? This was my first year as GS and I travelled a couple fewer international business trips. I noticed the upgrade to GS this time last year when I logged into UA online, just not sure how I'd see a downgrade since status technically lasts until 1/31/13.
     
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    If you just recently started seeing GS, it means you qualified for 2013 and you're good through 1/2014.
     
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    He's already GS, trying to figure out if he requalified
     
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    Correct. Trying to figure out when I'll be told I did not requalify. When I made it I first saw the change in my online profile mid December. But since its good til 1/31, not sure I'll find out until I actually lose it. Would be nice if UA kept the full fare mile counter in our profiles to help.
     

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