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Old Dec 17, 09, 8:56 pm
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Originally Posted by Jiangsu View Post
If would be good if his family members travel with him once awhile, or redeem some points for award tickets for his family members.

I wonder when was the last time he stayed at home with his kids and wife.
I am divorced with two sons. My oldest works/travels with me and will become a million miler next month. My fiance has traveled extensively with me for thirteen years and just hit 1.35 million miles, all with me. (at least 50 honeymoons) It's worked great so far! If I couldn't spend that much time with them, I wouldn't travel as much.

Originally Posted by g_leyser View Post
Best line:

"If I was in coach, I would shoot myself,"

Gotta be an FTer....
No disrespect to the fliers who rack up their miles week in and week out with coach tickets and only praying for the possibility of an upgrade. But when you fly almost 700k....yeah it's 660k+ at this point.......I couldn't possibly do it it in coach.

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Old Dec 17, 09, 10:10 pm
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Originally Posted by TA View Post
<snip> Don't start thinking that you're incredibly special because they treat you better within the same system. If he were fired from his job, he'd be back in the coach class that he so poo-poos, and UA wouldn't hesitate to drop him from the ranks of GS. <snip>
Agreed that if he lost his job and had his travels significantly reduced, UA wouldn't hesitate in demoting him (to 1K/1P/GM). BUT, if he's flown 700k BIS (in paid C/F?) this year alone, it's likely that he's a 1MMF (or even 2MMF/3MMF) with a ton of banked miles/SWUs/CR1s. I don't think he'd be sitting in Y for a while. JMHO.
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Old Dec 17, 09, 10:10 pm
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Originally Posted by ua1flyer View Post
No disrespect to the fliers who rack up their miles week in and week out with coach tickets and only praying for the possibility of an upgrade. But when you fly almost 700k....yeah it's 660k+ at this point.......I couldn't possibly do it it in coach.
In this community, I think that statement (and the guy's in the article) is pretty easy to understand. But to the average joe non-flyertalker, who doesn't know a grueling life of flying every couple of days, saying "I will only go if it's in F", it can sound pretty elitist and entitled.

If I were the guy in the story, I wouldn't have said anything that could be reported that way (or without further explanation). In fact, the whole thing seems like a conversation that should have been kept between people of similar elite-standing... It just gets too misunderstood outside.
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Old Dec 17, 09, 10:12 pm
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Originally Posted by ua1flyer View Post
No disrespect to the fliers who rack up their miles week in and week out with coach tickets and only praying for the possibility of an upgrade. But when you fly almost 700k....yeah it's 660k+ at this point.......I couldn't possibly do it it in coach.

Can we get a hint of your flying patterns? Just so curious what kind of routes and frequencies you must be flying. Very interesting stuff.
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Old Dec 17, 09, 10:24 pm
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I couldn't help (and I bet a lot of others have too) looking up some of your previous posts. It's nice to see that although your body may be in the air, your feet are on the ground and your head isn't in the clouds. Amazing to me how some people think that their airline status trumps everyone else's and that they don't actually fly anywhere, they just lift off the ground and the earth revolves around them.

Congrats on a nice story, and thanks for the business!
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Old Dec 17, 09, 10:56 pm
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Originally Posted by TA View Post
In this community, I think that statement (and the guy's in the article) is pretty easy to understand.
Actually, it's looks to be the same person.

To ua1flyer - all I can say is "wow...that's a lot of flying!"
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Old Dec 17, 09, 11:01 pm
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Congrats, ua1flyer. A lot of air time, but at least you spend it with family. I'm curious whether you feel you receive any special treatment over the typical GS from the average UA employee (i.e. not one you run into repeatedly).

This article makes me wonder whether there are any special tiers or notations within GS that are made known to staff. I say this as a GS-lite (barely requalifying this year) who, like others here, don't notice much special treatment beyond the published GS benefits.
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Old Dec 18, 09, 12:02 am
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Originally Posted by ua1flyer View Post
I am divorced with two sons. My oldest works/travels with me and will become a million miler next month. My fiance has traveled extensively with me for thirteen years and just hit 1.35 million miles, all with me. (at least 50 honeymoons) It's worked great so far! If I couldn't spend that much time with them, I wouldn't travel as much.
"The slower we move the faster we die. Make no mistake, moving is living." Ryan Bingham (Up In The Air)

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Old Dec 18, 09, 6:07 am
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I want to hear more about the Helicopter.
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Old Dec 18, 09, 6:09 am
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Originally Posted by Fredd View Post
[...] Over the years, he has racked up nearly 8.8 million miles on United Airlines, making him the top member of the airline's Mileage Plus frequent flier program.[...]
Anyone else wonder about this part? Do you think that 8.8m miles with United is really the max out there? Assuming they're talking about lifetime miles, it does sound a lot, especially considering that people have to fly other airlines too.
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Old Dec 18, 09, 7:01 am
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700k miles....at this point buy your own gulfstream, it would be cheaper!
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Old Dec 18, 09, 7:11 am
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Originally Posted by Axey View Post
I want to hear more about the Helicopter.
I was sitting next to a guy on an LH flight at MEX where they (LH) had sent a helicopter arranged through Mexicana Air Services to pick him up (at his request) from a downtown hotel so he could make the flight- he did pay for it however (~550 USD he said).
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Old Dec 18, 09, 8:30 am
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Originally Posted by wiredboy10003 View Post
Anyway, toward the end of the flight she popped over with an airsickness bag filled with miniatures of liquor.
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No disrespect to wiredboy, but is it just me that finds this funny
I thought it was kinda funny. The top was folded over and sealed. At first I thought she was handing me a bag-o-barf!
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Old Dec 18, 09, 8:39 am
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Originally Posted by dcsnowwake View Post
700k miles....at this point buy your own gulfstream, it would be cheaper!
You're kidding right?

A top-end Gulfstream is upwards of $50 million, not including operating costs. Putting aside the fact that it lacks the range for many destinations, this is way more expensive than paying UA a couple hundred thou a year to fly F.
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Old Dec 18, 09, 8:40 am
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Originally Posted by as219 View Post
You're kidding right?

A top-end Gulfstream is upwards of $50 million, not including operating costs. Putting aside the fact that it lacks the range for many destinations, this is way more expensive than paying UA a couple hundred thou a year to fly F.
Very true- even with Netjets (or similar) 25 hours on a larger jet costs ~400K per year.
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