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Using *Gold benefits while transitioning to new Star Alliance Member?

Old Sep 19, 18, 7:27 am
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Using *Gold benefits while transitioning to new Star Alliance Member?

I'm a new *G with TK currently, living in Canada. I am thinking of collecting with AC moving forward.

At check in recently (on AC flight) they said I can only get priority baggage if I collect with TK. Collecting with AC and showing them my *G status wouldn't be enough. So I changed to TK at that point. Went to MLL and asked to have my FF# changed back to AC and the receptionist gave me a really hard time about changing my FF number. She did it eventually but kept saying this is double dipping.

Is this the norm? How do people continue to use *G benefits when changing programs?

Thanks!
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Old Sep 20, 18, 12:57 pm
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Is this the norm?
Yes.
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How do people continue to use *G benefits when changing programs?
There's often a brief bit of pain in the cutover.
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Old Sep 20, 18, 7:19 pm
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Originally Posted by 4thState View Post
...{snip}...Went to MLL and asked to have my FF# changed back to AC and the receptionist gave me a really hard time about changing my FF number. She did it eventually but kept saying this is double dipping....{snip}...
I guess that by receptionist you mean the check-in agent! Or is it the "lounge dragon"?
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Old Sep 20, 18, 7:35 pm
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The complete opposite on my end. I have been earning with AC, and should hit E50K on a flight tomorrow. To use the lounge, I'd present my UA Plat card. Every time, I have been asked if i would like to change my BP FF to UA instead of AC
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Old Sep 20, 18, 7:55 pm
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Yes you can use most benefits in my experience as well, it's just slightly more painful as you have to show your gold card everywhere.
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Old Sep 21, 18, 6:19 am
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It can be painful sometimes. You can show your *G card to get into the lounges. You won’t get your baggage fees/priority benefits with just the card though.

When I was switching... I used to call UA’s helpdesk and ask them to change it. It was usually painless. The lounge dragons can sometimes act... well dragon-esqe.

Also the later you change it the better your chances of op ups.
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