Changing status mid trip

Old Sep 25, 02, 2:23 pm
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Changing status mid trip

I'm doing a trip in November. UA to LAX and the MX to MTY.

BMI credits 280 each way for my LAX-MEX legs!!!

The outbound trip will be enough to take me to silver. Will this be recognised? I'm not expecting much recognition but it would be nice to be able to wait in the Diamond Club lounge in LHR on my way home to EDI.

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Old Sep 25, 02, 3:27 pm
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It depends on how long it takes the partner airline to post the points through and on how long before you return. If the points have posted, they can always look you up at the lounge reception desk.

The trick with moving up a tier is making sure they don't steal all your points off you!

Let's say that by the time you get to LAX on the outbound you have 495 points. That next flight gets you 280, but you hit a threshold so your status points balance returns to zero, not 275. A friendly call to diamond club should get them to credit the extra 275 points (it worked for me once), but as far as I'm aware it's discretionary and they're within the rules not to let you have them.
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Old Sep 25, 02, 4:01 pm
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The trick with moving up a tier is making sure they don't steal all your points off you!

Let's say that by the time you get to LAX on the outbound you have 495 points. That next flight gets you 280, but you hit a threshold so your status points balance returns to zero, not 275. A friendly call to diamond club should get them to credit the extra 275 points (it worked for me once), but as far as I'm aware it's discretionary and they're within the rules not to let you have them.[/B]</font>

Not nice!!
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Old Sep 25, 02, 4:19 pm
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Stephen,

You should be OK - the status updates pretty much immediately as long as the points post. If not, the lounge staff are reasonable and can check.

Your questions reminds me of another thread which still makes me laugh. The original question is fairly innocent, but Blair van Horn's response half way down is priceless.

Have a good time in Mexico, let us know how you get on.
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Old Sep 25, 02, 4:31 pm
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by ajamieson:
Your questions reminds me of another thread which still makes me laugh. The original question is fairly innocent, but Blair van Horn's response half way down is priceless.</font>
One of the funniest things I've ever read on FT... thank you!

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Old Sep 26, 02, 5:50 am
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lol

mu expectations only really extended to being allowed to wait in the Diamond Club lounge in LHR after a long flight rather than the nasty BD holding pen.

Do UA provide the full show like Blair explains when you obtain status on another * alliance carrier or will there be BD staff on board just in case? I imagine that all of this is fully documented in the programme guide.

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Stephen,

I think Sir Michael Bishop leads a few of his favourite cabin boys down the aisle of the Airbus to perform a selection of popular showtunes. The shirts come off when you make *Gold.

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Old Sep 27, 02, 5:06 am
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by ajamieson:
Stephen,

I think Sir Michael Bishop leads a few of his favourite cabin boys down the aisle of the Airbus to perform a selection of popular showtunes. The shirts come off when you make *Gold.

Alastair
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Now that would be worth a few mileage runs!!!

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Old Sep 30, 02, 5:05 am
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I thought they only did that on United when you make Premier Exec (well, at least that's what they did for BVH).
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by Wingnut:
It depends on how long it takes the partner airline to post the points through and on how long before you return. If the points have posted, they can always look you up at the lounge reception desk.

The trick with moving up a tier is making sure they don't steal all your points off you!

Let's say that by the time you get to LAX on the outbound you have 495 points. That next flight gets you 280, but you hit a threshold so your status points balance returns to zero, not 275. A friendly call to diamond club should get them to credit the extra 275 points (it worked for me once), but as far as I'm aware it's discretionary and they're within the rules not to let you have them.
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It's worse than that. Let's say the 280 points that put you over the qualifying mark don't post on the account until after the return MEX-LAX flight. You should get Silver status on the flight date, but the computer sometimes (it did in my case) puts it from the posting date. In the example above that is 555 missing membership points.

I got caught with this and missed out on 390 membership points towards renewal of Gold status. I just discovered this a month short of my renewal date and 10 months after it happened. Faxed DC the old statements and they've renewed me for another year :-)

Good thing too ...

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