Looking for another chance to attend the 2012 United DO?

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  1. JC1120

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    If you missed out or didn't get selected in the lottery for the 2012 United DO, here's another chance for you to attend!
    Frequent Flyer Giving has proudly partnered with United Airlines in hosting the 2012 United DO in Chicago on November 15 and 16.

    We will be auctioning off TEN spots for this event via FlyerTalk and Milepoint. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the United WeCare Employee Relief Fund.

    The 2012 United DO includes a cocktail hour and behind-the-scenes tours. Participants will be able to go on one of the three, with the choice to be determined at United Airlines' discretion. They are a behind-the-scenes view of O'Hare airport operations, a tour of Chicago catering operations that is perfect for foodies, and a look at the newly redesigned Network Operations Center in downtown Chicago. To top off the experience, there will be Q&A sessions and a private update from CEO Jeff Smisek.

    Let's take a look at the details

    The Operations tour — Feel like an employee for a day with special access to our O'Hare operations. You will learn what's involved in getting customers to their destinations every day.

    The Foodie tour — Meet our stellar catering team including our executive chef and get a sense of what it takes to design a meal that maintains its taste at 30,000 feet. You will even get to taste test a number of our dishes and wines.

    The Headquarters tour — Visit our state-of-the-art Network Operations Center, where we do 24/7 management and monitoring of every flight in our system. Find out how we plan future destinations, learn about our commitment to the environment and get a peek into our CEO's office.

    After your tour, there will be an evening cocktail reception. The next morning, you will sit in on two of four Q&A sessions where you can ask all your burning questions, anything you can think of from airport operations to the MileagePlus program. The experience wraps up with a company update from CEO Jeff Smisek and light snacks.

    The format and rules of the auction are as follows:

    1) Bidders will post the amount they are willing to bid PER SPOT, along with the number of spots they would like (maximum of two per person/username) on this thread in FlyerTalk or a similar one on Milepoint.
    2) Bidders should post on only one thread on one forum. Bids will be consolidated across the two sites.
    3) Once per day, FFG will post on the bottom of this page, the top bids for the available ten spots based on the posts in the respective threads on both FlyerTalk and Milepoint.
    4) Those who are outbid will, of course, be able to post another bid amount prior to the closing of the auction.
    5) On the day the auction is over (October 19, 2012), the winners will be asked to donate to FFG the amount of the winning bid within 3 days to secure their spot(s). The winning bid will be the amount bid by the winner of the tenth spot (that is, the lowest of the winning bids for the ten spots). All winning bidders will pay this amount per spot.
    6) The ending time will be as early as 5pm Central Time on October 19, 2012, but after the first 5 minute period with no high bid activity.

    Legalese:

    a) In the event of a tie, the time of the post will be the tiebreaker, with the earliest post being the winner.
    b) Failure to pay within 72 hours of the closing of the auction gives FFG the right to declare another winner for the spot at FFG's discretion.
    c) Should a winning bidder also win one of the United Airlines auctions for spaces at this event, that bidder will have the option to back out of one spot in the FFG auction and FFG will determine a replacement winner in the FFG auction, if any, at its discretion.
    d) A spot won consists of access to only the United Airlines events listed herein and not to any aircraft flights or events sponsored by or presented by any other organisation. Additionally, the winners are responsible for travel to and from the event, lodging, and any other expenses they may incur as part of their attendance.
    e) FFG reserves the right to make any decisions it deems necessary regarding this event are at its sole discretion.

    Bidding starts at $20. Full dollar amounts only (no cents). Auction ends at or around 5pm CST on October 19, 2012.

    Happy bidding! We look forward to seeing the winners in Chicago.
     
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    Slight modification to the ending time: The ending time will be as early as 5pm Central Time on October 19, 2012, but after the first 5 minute period with no high bid activity.

    The FFG Directors have analyzed the bid results, and have determined that the auction ended at 5:32pm on October 19, 2012, with the last high bid placed at 5:27pm.

    When a bidder rebids with a higher amount, the poster's bid is immediately updated to the new amount and that bid is timestamped and recorded. The 5 minute clock is reset at that time. In this specific auction, the lowest of the ten bids also changed every 5 minutes or less between 5:00pm and 5:27pm.

    Arthur Randolph (FT) $666
    Weatherboy (MP) $503
    sithlord (MP) $502
    rgrunnah (FT) $501
    eightblack (FT) $500
    BCS1K (FT) $500
    BCS1K (FT) $500
    shcooper1 (FT) $500
    dkc715 (FT) $460
    mogulskiir (FT) $455

    The winning bid therefore is $455. The winners should now donate this amount here.
     
  3. unavaca
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    (This post is not a bid.)
     
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    In case anyone is confused about how the winning bid pricing works, here's an example. Assume the list below is the top bids for the 10 spots on the date of closing:

    1) B. Crandall $200
    2) B. Crandall $200
    3) C.R. Smith $160
    4) D. Siegel $150
    5) D. Parker $148
    6) D. Parker $148
    7) J. Trippe $130
    8) L. Kellner $80
    9) J. Smisek $70
    10) G. Bethune $50

    In this example, the winning bid for all 10 spots will be $50. FFG has chosen this format to keep the bidding more competitive and to ensure all winners pay the same amount.
     
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    As an addition to try to increase interest, United is throwing in a sweetener to amp up the bids:

    Lunch with three members of leadership from Customer Experience and MileagePlus shortly after the conclusion of the United DO. This is limited to ONLY the 10 winners of this auction.
     
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    I will gladly bid 50 Dollars to help FFG.

    Posted via Smoke Signals.
     
  7. Weatherboy

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    Lunch with Carlos, Shannon, and Scott? I'll bid $75. I'm already a confirmed attendee, so if I win this, I'd just have UA release whoever is next in line on the waitlist.
     
  8. unavaca
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    Would the winners be making the donation to the underlying charity directly? AKA, is the donation fully tax deductible?
     
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    Donation would be made to FFG, which is a registered 501(c)(3) charity, so yes, your donation will be tax deductible. Instructions will be sent to the winners immediately following the end of the auction.
     
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    Already taking guesses as to who the lunch will be with? It's higher up than that :). But that's all I'll say.
     
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    Martin, Tom, and Mark? :)
     
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    I'm sworn to secrecy so I can't confirm or deny. Either way, I don't think you'll be disappointed!
     
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    I'll bid $60 as well.
     
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    Suppose there is an 11) T. Horton for $30. Is the winning bid for all ten spots still 50, or 31, or something else?

    It seems you're trying to encourage maximum bidding from the get go instead of incremental bumping by going by the smallest winning bid. However, that doesn't apply for the last spot - i.e. in a case of top 9 holders being 1k bets, and 12th spot being $20, the tenth place has no reason to bet 900 when 30 would work.
     
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    It would be $50. It is similar to the Vickrey auction style but with more than 2 items. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_price_auction
     
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    Removing the sealed-bid nature removes the incentive to bid true value (unless you're lazy and prefer to be in the top slots) instead just making this an English auction with a twist. Fair enough.
     
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    I'll bump my bid to $75
     
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    As of 3pm CST, here's the results that we have tallied:

    1) eightblack (FT) $500
    2) jgsx (FT) $200
    3) BCS1K (FT) $200
    4) BCS1K (FT) $200
    5) JonIND (FT) $150
    6) lixiaojuventus (FT) $100
    7) DKC715 (FT) $100
    8) Visual (MP) $100
    9) Weatherboy (MP) $75
    10) DIG/R_1K (MP) $75
     
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    I'll bid 100.
     
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    Upping the bid to 250.
     
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    I'll up mine to $100.
     
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    As of 5pm CST

    1) eightblack (FT) $500
    2) sithlord (MP) $250
    3) jgsx (FT) $200
    4) BCS1K (FT) $200
    5) BCS1K (FT) $200
    6) JonIND (FT) $150
    7) lixiaojuventus (FT) $100
    8) DKC715 (FT) $100
    9) Visual (MP) $100
    10) Weatherboy (MP) $100
     
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    I'll go up to $125
     

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