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Jan 6, 20, 4:27 pm
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Views: 249,225
Posted By Syzygies

MileagePlus Premier Status Match Challenge (2020...

MileagePlus Premier Status Match Challenge (2020 TB9234) (https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly/mileageplus/offers/promos/TB9234.html)



I am a former 1K and a United Million Miler who defected...
Dec 29, 19, 9:10 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 3,324
Posted By Syzygies

My favorite version of this was an L1011 redeye...

My favorite version of this was an L1011 redeye in my twenties, where I scored three rows of five, center section in rear. I made a tent from various blankets, flipped up the seat arms, and slept.
Dec 16, 19, 6:08 pm
Replies: 45
Views: 16,234
Posted By Syzygies

Some general comments: The fine print on...

Some general comments:


The fine print on many signup bonuses (e.g. 60,000 miles after $4k spend) says that one cannot have canceled a card in the same family recently. If you're moving to a new...
Dec 4, 19, 11:22 pm
Replies: 65
Views: 9,327
Posted By Syzygies

Most of us will be reading PlusPoints not saying...

Most of us will be reading PlusPoints not saying PlusPoints, whether here or in emails with fellow travelers. Either through quick typing or autocomplete, PlusPoints is entirely unambiguous, and just...
Nov 26, 19, 4:37 pm
Replies: 79
Views: 78,880
Posted By Syzygies

I recently made a comparison of options for...

I recently made a comparison of options for buying miles from United; I was considering an upgrade award for which I'm short.

For a straight out purchase, I was offered a chance to buy miles at...
Oct 16, 19, 1:42 pm
Replies: 3,264
Views: 997,428
Posted By Syzygies

Before bolting for Delta, I last made 1K in 2017...

Before bolting for Delta, I last made 1K in 2017 with 12,840 PQP ($14,798 gross) and 30 PQF (123,120 PQM). I've been contemplating a return to United, but this wouldn't even qualify me for Platinum....
Sep 30, 19, 10:40 am
Replies: 27
Views: 3,880
Posted By Syzygies

I'm bicoastal and NYC SFO is my route. I was...

I'm bicoastal and NYC SFO is my route. I was approaching two million miles on United when I left for Delta, fed up with worthless GPUs and attracted to Delta's better lounges, better food, and...
Sep 9, 19, 11:07 pm
Replies: 25
Views: 3,107
Posted By Syzygies

While you're at it, make sure your name at Delta...

While you're at it, make sure your name at Delta is exactly the same as for your known traveller number.

If your name isn't an exact match, you'll fail to get pre-check some of the time.

You'd...
Aug 13, 19, 12:31 am
Replies: 47
Views: 9,259
Posted By Syzygies

It was common practice for each member of a...

It was common practice for each member of a couple to hold a reservation for two. One would accept denied boarding compensation (two round trip vouchers) and the other would use their reservation to...
Jul 26, 19, 12:32 pm
Replies: 163
Views: 60,743
Posted By Syzygies

Yes, for years I've been constructing URLs for...

Yes, for years I've been constructing URLs for future flight status (e.g. for a private web page showing my travel plans to friends):
...
Jun 5, 19, 7:56 am
Replies: 19
Views: 2,269
Posted By Syzygies

So these TAP nonstops are only certain days of...

So these TAP nonstops are only certain days of the week (ExpertFlyer confirms their availability year-round), and I can get nonstop award seats to show up, but I can't get a nonstop to show up for...
May 22, 19, 10:20 am
Replies: 79
Views: 9,984
Posted By Syzygies

For some perspective, I traveled in Thailand with...

For some perspective, I traveled in Thailand with two just-retired pilots who recommended Fate Is the Hunter (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fate_Is_the_Hunter). Best book ever written on flying,...
May 22, 19, 10:03 am
Replies: 79
Views: 9,984
Posted By Syzygies

​​​​​ "Uncommanded roll maneuver" was the term...

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"Uncommanded roll maneuver" was the term I heard at the time. Early 90's (pre-internet, so not easily verified) they were just figuring out that "heavy aircraft" threw excessive wake...
May 21, 19, 2:23 pm
Replies: 79
Views: 9,984
Posted By Syzygies

Two million miles here, and I haven't see...

Two million miles here, and I haven't see everything, but I only trust an "in flight" status. Even then, I've been on emergency landings and in one uncommanded roll manuever, but those are stories...
Apr 2, 19, 7:47 pm
Replies: 28
Views: 3,265
Posted By Syzygies

It's hard to be sure what happens when a...

It's hard to be sure what happens when a certificate SDC succeeds. Did one get lucky with the agent? Was there in fact upgrade-eligible space? We just don't know, and they don't tell us. In United's...
Apr 2, 19, 12:30 pm
Replies: 28
Views: 3,265
Posted By Syzygies

Is this in writing somewhere? I was turned down...

Is this in writing somewhere? I was turned down last time I asked.
Apr 1, 19, 10:42 am
Replies: 28
Views: 3,265
Posted By Syzygies

I switched from United 1K to Delta Platinum after...

I switched from United 1K to Delta Platinum after a decade commuting between New York City and SFO. I now buy best-priced beds whenever possible. This lead me to recently try AA's business class...
Dec 22, 18, 6:03 am
Replies: 2,975
Views: 421,183
Posted By Syzygies

No more seat maps in flight status, web or app....

No more seat maps in flight status, web or app. Today's first day I noticed.
Aug 22, 18, 5:20 pm
Replies: 84
Views: 6,292
Posted By Syzygies

I flew United business this May from SFO to...

I flew United business this May from SFO to Madrid, returning from Marrakech, for 150K miles. The two legs between SFO and Zurich alone sold for $10K USD. That's nearly 7 cents/mile. These award...
Aug 22, 18, 9:40 am
Replies: 84
Views: 6,292
Posted By Syzygies

No one who ever travels internationally would...

No one who ever travels internationally would spend miles at 1.2 cents domestic Y if they could instead realize 2-4 cents/mile J. I need to do something with a lot of Amex points, to finish migrating...
Aug 22, 18, 7:45 am
Replies: 84
Views: 6,292
Posted By Syzygies

Par for the course

1,860,000 SkyMiles for two, rather than $20,844, is 1.1 cents/mile. What Are Points & Miles Worth? (https://thepointsguy.com/guide/monthly-valuations/) estimates 1.2 cents/mile, same as my own...
Aug 10, 18, 11:28 pm
Replies: 72
Views: 5,579
Posted By Syzygies

I switched from United 1K to Delta Platinum this...

I switched from United 1K to Delta Platinum this year, primarily flying NYC to SFO. I was able to immediately clear four Delta upgrades on this route, the day I earned them, while my ten United...
Jul 5, 18, 3:30 pm
Replies: 37
Views: 3,979
Posted By Syzygies

We paid for a paver driveway (similar price to a...

We paid for a paver driveway (similar price to a new car) with an American Express Platinum card. They had at least 3% issues with personal checks, so they actually preferred credit cards.

I then...
May 1, 18, 7:40 am
Replies: 83
Views: 12,939
Posted By Syzygies

I keep a screen grab of the "Mileage Estimator"...

I keep a screen grab of the "Mileage Estimator" with details expanded, for every purchase. One can see this before completing the purchase, so if one forgets or buys over the phone, one can duplicate...
Apr 21, 18, 4:01 am
Replies: 9,873
Views: 3,119,348
Posted By Syzygies

Here's a great Post...

Here's a great Post (https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/29663768-post61.html) from a related thread, giving links to Delta's COC, and their "Customers Requiring Extra Space" policy. Easy enough to make...
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