United Airlines Status Match

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  1. dwturner

    dwturner Active Member

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    I recently applied to United for a status match (challenge?). I am platinum on AA, have flown nearly 3 million miles so the match made sense. I had done a similar match in 2006 with United. I submitted all the info and heard back that they were denying my request because I had been matched two years ago - prior to the merger - on Continental (during that period getting united to honor my continental status was iffy). Anyone have thoughts on this and if there is a path to getting them to do the match? Ill probably fly 25k miles on united in the next 45 days so it would seem to be a good thing for them to do.
     
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    davef139 Gold Member

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    They are once in a lifetime so my guess is no.
     
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    dwturner Active Member

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    United says every five years.
     
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    Scottrick Gold Member

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    Correct, it's every five years. Even though you matched before the merger, in theory a merger means they inherit the business of both prior entities. So yeah, you had a status match two years ago and need to wait three more.

    Your only chance at an exception is if you are a very high value customer -- someone they cannot ignore.
     
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    Ah. Thanks for the clarification. That sucks since I got almost nothing on the continental match because the merger was so challenging. Got a lot of suffering to do on united before im high value :)
     
  6. chris_poland

    chris_poland Silver Member

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    Maybe an MP Explorer Card can help with a few benefits to get above the fray.
    Priority lines for check in, baggage included, and move up boarding groups.
    Won't help much with seating.
     
  7. KenInEscazu

    KenInEscazu Gold Member

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    It really depends on your travel trends. IME, domestic F tickets are usually considerably more expensive than domestic E, but my typical traffic pattern is between the USA and Central America/Northern South America. The Z fares on those routes aren't always prohibitively expensive. With that, you get 150% mileage credit and a guaranteed seat at the front of the bus. Travel enough, and status can be gained in a reasonable amount of time with little to no suffering other than baggage allowances and a few other less-used (in my case, at least) perks.

    If flying domestically, OTOH, I recommend buying one of these: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=14256911 I use it when flying on RJs or when I don't get an UG, and it's incredible how refreshed I feel upon arrival. Buy it through the online shopping portal of the airline you most need the miles, and you'll get additional benefit.

    Just don't forget to take it with you when deplaning. I'm on my second one. :(
     
  8. man on the move.

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    start a new account from scratch. ask for the match on the new account, then merge the two accounts after the 3 months. I know someone close who has done this 4 years in a row
     

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