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Old Jan 12, 08, 2:28 pm   #1
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Post 2008 Elite Choice Team Competition Status Master Thread

OK, we all have learned there will be a 1K team competition in 2008 as part of the 2008 Elite Choice Offering.

I am creating this thread to keep track all the teams and provide periodic competition status progress report.

Moderators, I hope the creation and maintenance of this thread by me is complying with the FT rules... if members on this board wish to keep this thread as the default tracking thread.

If you plan to join a team or form a team, please PM those FTers who have expressed their intention in this thread. Once a team is formed, you can either PM me or post them directly to this thread and I will update new team information daily to post #3 of this thread


Please post direct to this thread regarding your progress, and I will reserve space on page 1 of this thread to provide periodic updates.

Good luck everyone, let the teams be formed and start counting the miles

2008 United Elite Team Contest
This year-over-year themed contest is open only to Mileage Plus members are legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia as of January 1, 2008, and who are 21 years or older as of January 23, 2009. To be eligible, participants must have been enrolled as Mileage Plus members as of January 1, 2007, and hold Premier Associate, Premier, Premier Executive, 1K or Global Services membership as of December 31, 2008. Employees of United and Mileage Plus are not eligible to participate. Online registration is required for this contest and must be completed by September 7, 2008. Registration for this contest is separate from registration the Elite Choice promotion - if a member wants to participate in both, member must register for each separately. A team must be composed of four members that are all registered at the same time, with one member designated as team captain. Prior to registering a team, the team captain must obtain permission from the other team members to participate in the contest. Any unauthorized registering of teammates will disqualify all of the team's members. Once a team of four members is registered, no changes will be made to the team roster under any circumstances. Members are not allowed to participate on multiple teams. To qualify for the offer, qualifying Elite Qualifying Miles (EQM) must be earned between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008 and be posted to Mileage Plus account on/before January 14, 2009, and includes travel flown on United, United Express®, TedSM and Star Alliance®. A valid e-mail address with opt-in designation, which will be used to email the team captain updates of his/her team's 2008 year-to-date EQM totals (in or around March, June and September 2008) must be established at time of registration if the member does not already have one on record with united.com. When the team captain registers his or her team online, the captain will be provided the team's combined total Elite Qualifying Miles (EQM) for 2007 as posted to Mileage Plus accounts on/before January 5, 2008, which will be the team's 2007 EQM baseline for the purposes of this contest. The team's combined total EQM for 2008 will be determined as the EQM earned by the team's members between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008 and posted to their Mileage Plus accounts on/before January 14, 2009. Each of the top fifty (50) teams that have the largest year-over-year increase (2008 vs. 2007) in total EQM will earn the following reward divided evenly among its four members: 1,000,000 redeemable Mileage Plus miles, 50,000 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQM), 50 Elite Qualifying Segments (EQS), eight (8) confirmed regional upgrades, and eight (8) United Red Carpet Club one-time passes. The top 50 teams will be notified between January 15th 2009 and January 31, 2009. A team's year-over-year EQM increase for the purposes of this promotion will be calculated as shown in this example: four members of team ABC had a combined total of 123,000 EQM in 2007. In 2008, team ABC ended the year with a combined total of 168,000 EQM. Team ABC's year-over-year EQM increase for purposes of this promotion would be 45,000 (168,000-123,000). If this 45,000 year-over-year EQM increase was one of the top 50 team EQM increases for all teams participating in this contest, then team ABC would earn one of the fifty rewards. In the event of a tie, the team with the highest number of total 2008 EQM will be the winner. Proof of eligibility via a signed affidavit will be required of all winning members.

Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of the reward is $5,700 USD for each member of a winning team. No transfer, substitution or cash equivalent of prize is permitted except at Sponsors' sole discretion in the event of prize unavailability. Each winning Mileage Plus member is solely responsible for any and all federal, state and local taxes. Winning members will receive a tax form reflecting the actual final value of the entire prize value.

By entering this contest, member agrees to the use by United Airlines of your personal information as described in the United Airlines Privacy Policy, located at www.united.com/privacy. Except where prohibited by law, a winner's acceptance of a reward constitutes permission for United to use such winner's name, address (city and state only), team name, statements, photograph, voice and/or likeness for any advertising and other promotional purposes relating to the contest without further compensation, consideration, review or consent. For the names of the fifty (50) winning teams, mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: United Elite Team Contest Winners, United Airlines - WHQUV, 1200 E. Algonquin Road, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. VT residents may omit stamp. Requests must be received by February 14, 2009.

Only listed reward will be awarded and no substitutions, cash equivalents or redemptions will be made, except that United reserves the right to substitute any reward package with another reward of equal or greater value in the event that the advertised reward (or any component thereof) is not available. All rewards are subject to the rules and regulations of the Mileage Plus program.

Each winning team member will receive 250,000 redeemable Mileage Plus miles. Miles will be credited to the member's account 2 to 4 weeks after winning team's are notified. Miles are redeemable miles and do not count toward elite status. Miles accrued, awards issued and bonus offers are subject to the rules of the United Mileage Plus program, and this program is subject to change without notice.

Each winning team member will receive 12,500 EQM/12.5 EQS for calendar year 2009, which will be deposited in the member's Mileage Plus account 2-4 weeks after winning teams are notified. Elite Qualifying Miles (EQM) and Elite Qualifying Segments (EQS) are not redeemable for flights, but do count toward Premier, Premier Executive and 1K status.

Each winning team member will receive two confirmed regional upgrades, which will be deposited in the member's Mileage Plus account 2-4 weeks after winning teams are notified. Upgrades are valid for 12 months from the date of issue. This upgrade certificate may be used only on qualifying United, United Express or Ted flights (only on multi-cabin aircraft) and not on flights operated by other airlines. Upgrade requests for flights marketed by other airlines but operated by United are only permitted at the airport on the day of travel, subject to availability. 2. Valid Routing: This upgrade may be used for travel on United, United Express or Ted within Region 1, which includes North America, Hawaii, Caribbean and Central America. For specific definitions, please refer the Upgrade Award chart on united.com. Stopovers are not permitted. 3. Upgradeable Booking Classes: This upgrade may be used on United Business® (C, D) and United Economy® fares (Y, B, M, E, U, H, Q, V, W, S, T, L, K) in Region 1, except where the terms and conditions of sale state that the booking class is not eligible for upgrade. 4. Non-Upgradeable Tickets: This upgrade may not be used on any booking classes not specifically listed as upgradeable, or on any Mileage Plus award ticket. Some Internet sites, such as Priceline.com and Hotwire.com, issue tickets that are not upgradeable. Please check with your Internet site for terms and conditions. 5. Mileage Plus Accrual: The Mileage Plus miles earned will be based upon the class of service purchased, not the upgraded class of service. 6. Ticketing: Ticket must be issued in the purchased United Economy class or United Business class fare. Ticket will not be reissued using this upgrade certificate. 7. Request Upgrade: The upgraded United First NF booking class or United Business NC booking class of service may be requested after ticket is issued in the purchased United Economy class or United Business class fare. If available, the upgraded class will be confirmed and a seat assignment may be requested. The upgraded NF/NC booking class may not always be available on all flights or on all days of the week when traveling. 8. Upgrade Processing: For United-, United Express- and Ted-operated flights, upgrade may be requested anytime after ticketing, and this upgrade will be processed based on the availability of capacity-controlled seating. Upgrades are subject to availability. 9. Upgrade Rules: Multiple certificates or awards may not be combined to obtain a two-cabin upgrade. For flights that stop en route, the upgrade is only permitted when the upgraded seating is available and confirmed on all portions of the flight. 10. Changes/Refunds: The rules of the fare purchased determine the changes or refunds that are allowed. Check with United or a travel professional. 11. Other Important Notes: This upgrade certificate may only be used to upgrade one person. Certificate has no cash value and may not be altered or duplicated. This upgrade is assignable in person at the airport or online at united.com. Valid ID is required for authorization. Lost, stolen, expired or destroyed upgrade certificates will not be replaced. Expiration date will not be extended. This certificate is void if sold or bartered. Other restrictions may apply. Terms and conditions subject to change without notice
Two United Red Carpet Club one-time passes will be mailed to each winning team member at their address on file with Mileage Plus within 6 weeks of winners being notified. Red Carpet Club one-time pass grants one person one-time access to the Red Carpet Club. Guests are not permitted with a One-time Pass. Access subject to space availability. Valid only in United Red Carpet Clubs.


Here is the link to the 2008 Elite Choice T&C:

http://www.united.com/page/article/0...Fus2008ecterms

Please check your team status using the link below:


https://www.uaelitechoice.com/

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Old Jan 12, 08, 2:29 pm   #2
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The Winner Circle!!!

Winners in the Circle so far....

(shown based on FT ranking in Post #4)



1. THE GRATEFUL TED: ua1flyer, buckeyeflyer, XXX, XXX

2. ABC Traveling Boy Band: danpartee, XXX, XXX, XXX

3. United we Fly: nyctravis, debua1k, Globalshopping, choefman

4. FlyingsBeenReallyNeat: retsef, teddybearflyer, LAXOGG, xxxxxx

5. Zero to 1K: Seat1A, sink, Mrs. Sink, Angeleno228

6. Team 2: statu, XXX, XXX, XXX

7. Exit PathoGents: Salamander, bluenike, BigV, and Todzilla

8. The Skys The Limit: gnewhouse, SD-Flyer, flyerbjorn, PS22

9. Todd Approved: Todd Approved: CrazyC, XXX, XXX, XXX

10. EliteQualifyingMasochists: Graphite, MayorMcKnife, Daringdoo, XXX

11. Eject Eject Eject: MG-PDX, ripper3785, bucketlist, The Ranger

12. Turn on Channel 9!: ECOTONE, Mrs. Molasis, RS250Racer, PhillyPhlyer40

13. Destinu: dsquared37,pareto,rustyr,skywalk

14. The Away Team: Youngbru, bmvaughn, BigYellowDog, Lightman7

15. Four For The Miles: RayinDC, BOISJC744, JonathanIT, LaGrande1

16. GoN41M: Eachee, jra3, CIT85, XXX

17. A PIT crew in LAX: mechteach, littlejimmy112, xxdboixx , tnarg-lax

18. UnitedWarriors: motintan, Mrs. motintan, jcasner, haahwee

19. Livitup In The Sky: Livitup, Steve53178, yogi, k00_1

20. No Coats in the Overhead: playbbg, XXX, XXX, XXX

21. Team Last Minute: Ed ONeill, ASYA999, Kugamon, XXX

22. 3 Wildcats 1 Wolverine: anc-ord772, Trvlr, XXX, XXX

23. Grey Coupons: LBsquared, MVBtraveler, SBtraveler, XXX

24. Shut Up and Start Flying: Flying_Bubba, JetsetNick, SWiG, dukeman

25. Sotodays: ksotoodeh, Infamous Mr. Pillow, XXX, XXX




Congratulations!!!!

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Old Jan 12, 08, 2:29 pm   #3
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Team Entries and Rosters

Non-FTers are listed as XXX. Please PM me if any of the XXX becomes FT members.
Teams are lised in order of dates of annoucements made in this thread


1. The Away Team: Youngbru, bmvaughn, BigYellowDog, Lightman7

2. Zero to 1K: Seat1A, sink, Mrs. Sink, Angeleno228

3. Livitup In The Sky: Livitup, Steve53178, yogi, k00_1

4. Traveling Quartet: Hsxagent, Cruber, Haemaker, Climmy

5. A PIT crew in LAX: mechteach, littlejimmy112, xxdboixx , tnarg-lax

6. Stuck in Transit: MSY-MSP, Spaceman, Mrs. MSY-MSP, Mrs. Spaceman

7. UnitedWarriors: motintan, Mrs. motintan, jcasner, haahwee

8. Turn on Channel 9!: ECOTONE, Mrs. Molasis, RS250Racer, PhillyPhlyer40

9. Road To 1k: psubill78, PTSBrian, AirTravelLover, ctstan

10. We Speak Jive: marinersdave, N515CR, gobluetwo, jcg20

11. United we Fly: nyctravis, debua1k, Globalshopping, choefman

12. Team Prestige: MacMal, XXX, XXX, XXX

13. Shut Up and Start Flying: Flying_Bubba, JetsetNick, SWiG, dukeman

14. Team 2: statu, XXX, XXX, XXX

15. Four For The Miles: RayinDC, BOISJC744, JonathanIT, LaGrande1

16. Will Work for EQMs: jyinyang, Shazbot, myfirstcard03, ICMaker

17. UA Flyers: UA_Flyer, XXX, XXX, XXX

18. Team Last Minute: Ed ONeill, ASYA999, Kugamon, Hobo13

19. EliteQualifyingMasochists: Graphite, MayorMcKnife, Daringdoo, XXX

20. GoN41M: jra3, Eachee, XXX, XXX

21. Todd Approved: CrazyC, XXX, XXX, XXX

22. Better Late Than Never: gof, Late2Party, Marc94705, flip-chip guy

23. Eject Eject Eject: MG-PDX (Captain), ripper3785 (First Officer), bucketlist (Navigator), The Ranger (Bombardier)

24. The Skys The Limit: gnewhouse, SD-Flyer, flyerbjorn, PS22

25. THE GRATEFUL TED: ua1flyer, buckeyeflyer, XXX, XXX

26. RedStone: sunil, bucketlist , Dudemon , flyerbjorn

27. The Weakest Link: sitroomlarry, XXX, XXX, XXX

28. ROW 62: rkaradi, lastemp, gba, primusux

29. Grey Coupons: LBsquared, XXX, XXX, XXX

30. Running for the Gate: Mrs. SitRoomLarry, BOSdave, Mrs. BOSdave, plum4457

31. Final Boarding Call: 000123UA, ThePriceIsWrong, dc495, SportsTech

32. mitbbs:nonactin, XXX, XXX, XXX

33. Exit PathoGents: Salamander, bluenike, BigV, and Todzilla

34. Sotodays: ksotoodeh, Infamous Mr. Pillow, XXX, XXX

35. 22 Phillips: UA_NYC, XXX, XXX, XXX

36. Team WAS495: XXX, trflyer, XXX, XXX

37. No Coats in the Overhead: playbbg, XXX, XXX, XXX

38. Destinu: dsquared37,pareto,rustyr,skywalk

39. We heart EQMs: lisaesch, XXX,XXX, XXX

40. United Elite Team Winners: rsherwoo, XXX, XXX, XXX

41. Team Swimming Sharks: Wet Road Warriors, XXX, XXX, XXX

42. Pooters: drummercraig, XXX, XXX, XXX

43. Channel 9 a holics: TWA Guy, XXX, XXX, XXX

44. Team RedCarpet: synasha

45. FlyingsBeenReallyNeat: retsef, teddybearflyer, LAXOGG, xxxxxx


Team joined after the end of competition period (12/31/08) are listed in italitcs

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Old Jan 12, 08, 2:30 pm   #4
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Team Competition Status Progress Report

I would like to thank Seat1A for all his help in making this table more presentable. I had a tough time formatting the table in FT, and Seat1A has been great providing the instruction and did the first draft of the table.

Please check for accuracy, and continue to provide me with your updates. Please feel free to PM me your 2007 or 2008 EQM figures if you don't mind sharing them.

Thanks for your patience!

Code:
Team Name                       2007 EQM         2008 EQM         Net Gain

1.  THE GRATEFUL TED                 835,668        2,228,224        1,392,556 


2.  United we Fly                    170,518          815,160          644,642
3 . FlyingsBeenReallyNeat            182,378          786,026          603,648
4.  Zero to 1K                        77,000          668,210          591,011
5.  The Skys The Limit               397,952          924,437          526,485
6.  Exit PathoGents                   94,072          612,454          518,382
7.  Todd Approved                    101,576          619,125          517,549 
8.  EliteQualifyingMasochists        124,055          639,369          515,314
9.  Team 2                           221,831          734,782          512,951
10. Turn on Channel 9!                59,545          502,884          443,339
11. The Away Team                    223,437          653,467          430,030 
12. Destinu                           85,454          499,991          414,537
13. Four For The Miles               113,486          519,127          405,641

 
14. GoN41M                           145,166          545,052          399,886
15. Team Last Minute                 216,649          587,981          371,332
16. No Coats in the Overhead          34,729          405,824          371,095
17. Livitup In The Sky               166,647          537,512          370,865
18. UnitedWarriors                   134,679          505,277          370,598
19. A PIT crew in LAX                306,028          674,818          368,790
20. Grey Coupons                     118,409          477,593          359,184
21. Shut Up and Start Flying          78,934          436,932          357,998
22. Sotodays                         665,682        1,002,151          336,469

23. The Weakest Link                 204,599          532,352          327,753
24. United Elite Team Winners        185,456          506,109          320,653
25. Team Red Carpet                  168,197          477,565          309,368


26. Road To 1k                       177,175          456,849          279,674
27. Eject Eject Eject                 21,376          272,376          251,000 
28. Team Swimming Shacks             194,093          431,500          237,407
29. Better Late Than Never           211,108          433,562          222,654
30. RedStone                          28,133          249,317          221,184
31. We Speak Jive                    150,378          370,474          220,096
32. mitbbs                           121,246          340,798          219,552
33. UA Flyers                        188,799          403,107          214,308 
34. Traveling Quartet                308,000          514,620          206,620 
 


35. Team WAS495                       95,130          294,416          199,286
36. Running for the Gate              24,056          209,828          185,772 
37. 22 Philips                       287,242          450,709          163,467
38. Will Work for EQMs               140,600          263,200          122,600 
39. Pooters                          209,899          302,975           93,076
40. Channel 9 a holics               192,903          274,510           81,607
41. ROW 62                                 -                -           56,511 
42. We heart EQMs                    256,986          269,228           12,242
43. Final Boarding Call              406,580                -                -   
44. Team Prestige                    195,051          109,262          (85,789)
45. Stuck in Transit                 343,178          243,000         (100,178)
Teams indicate ther final numbers are underlined
Teams did not provide meaningful updates or joined this thread until after 12/31/08 are listed in italics.

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Old Jan 12, 08, 2:31 pm   #5
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Interesting, although I think before truly getting anywhere we need to know what the rules are. Who knows, it may be something totally different than we think. If it's not, this could be fun.
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Interesting, although I think before truly getting anywhere we need to know what the rules are. Who knows, it may be something totally different than we think. If it's not, this could be fun.
If the rules make this competition totally unattractive for anyone to participate, this thread will fade away into FT abyss.
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Old Jan 12, 08, 6:33 pm   #7
  
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I actually believe I called dibs on Team #1 earlier in that thread... Not that any of the other team members confirmed it.
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ooh, i wanna play
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I would like to play as well.
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Knowning United I am going to feel bad about saying this later, but I'm down!
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Old Jan 12, 08, 8:36 pm   #11
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Too bad this is not the first ever FT Marathon Team competition or running the most miles on two feet, I'd sign up UNITED959 for my team in no time.
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Old Jan 13, 08, 7:22 am   #12
  
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T&C's are up

i have no idea what the rest of 2008 will bring, but my january flying will leave me 4000 miles short of my entire 2007 total.. :-)

(tho, as i read the t&c's, the 2007 elite choice carryover may not count. "To qualify for the offer, qualifying Elite Qualifying Miles (EQM) / Elite Qualifying Segments (EQS) must be earned between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008. . . ." but then, will the 2006 elite choice carryover into 2007 count toward the 2007 total?)

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Old Jan 13, 08, 7:29 am   #13
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Team #1: lucky9876coins, ajthegreat, stevenshev, hsxagent
Given the t&c, I don't think this team is a great position as the 2007 basis for comparison is so high to begin with. it's the GMs to status (and better yet first time 1Ks) that will be well-positioned
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I would like to be on a team, and I think if I have read this right, I would be good since I did just over 32K eqm in 07, but will be a 1K for 09...should be 1p by April!
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Given the t&c, I don't think this team is a great position as the 2007 basis for comparison is so high to begin with. it's the GMs to status (and better yet first time 1Ks) that will be well-positioned
Right. The ideal team would be something like four people who are all 3Ps (and could, in theory, have had zero EQM in 2007) and plan to do significantly more flying this year than last. I must say, I like the structure MP has set up. And it certainly rewards those who fly United more than they used to.
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