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Old Dec 30, 2009, 4:50 pm
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ua1flyer -

Were you part of UA's old VIP program (3333)?

I think GS is great but I do miss the old program.
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Old Dec 30, 2009, 5:11 pm
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Originally Posted by auh2o
ua1flyer -

Were you part of UA's old VIP program (3333)?

I think GS is great but I do miss the old program.
Was never part of 3333...666....or even 007, so I have no idea what I missed.
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Old Dec 30, 2009, 5:29 pm
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Originally Posted by ua1flyer
Was never part of 3333...666....or even 007, so I have no idea what I missed.
Nice numbers. Anyway the 3333 program was GS on steroids However as GS in your status you most likely get a lot of perks a regular GS does not get. For example Meet and Greet curbside with your boarding passes printed, escort through security, private lounges at most major airports (small plaque on the door marked 3333 and nothing else hence the 3333 VIP name), escort to the plane and most likely a Meet and Greet at your connection airport...ect. Actually embarrassing sometimes.

And above that there was a group of VIP's nicknamed the Goodwin Group (the name stuck even after he left UA).
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Old Dec 30, 2009, 9:01 pm
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Originally Posted by auh2o
Nice numbers. Anyway the 3333 program was GS on steroids However as GS in your status you most likely get a lot of perks a regular GS does not get. For example Meet and Greet curbside with your boarding passes printed, escort through security, private lounges at most major airports (small plaque on the door marked 3333 and nothing else hence the 3333 VIP name), escort to the plane and most likely a Meet and Greet at your connection airport...ect. Actually embarrassing sometimes.

And above that there was a group of VIP's nicknamed the Goodwin Group (the name stuck even after he left UA).
never was in the Goodwin group or a member of troop #3333, but enjoyed all the expriences mentioned. No plaque, but had my name put on the first 777 United took delivery of...that was a hoot. That was to be on for a year and it ended up staying on for 2 and a half years. They also presented me with a miniature version with my name printed on as well. Very flattering to say the least.
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Old Dec 30, 2009, 9:06 pm
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Originally Posted by auh2o
Nice numbers. Anyway the 3333 program was GS on steroids However as GS in your status you most likely get a lot of perks a regular GS does not get. For example Meet and Greet curbside with your boarding passes printed, escort through security, private lounges at most major airports (small plaque on the door marked 3333 and nothing else hence the 3333 VIP name), escort to the plane and most likely a Meet and Greet at your connection airport...ect. Actually embarrassing sometimes.

And above that there was a group of VIP's nicknamed the Goodwin Group (the name stuck even after he left UA).
It's interesting to see that list since there are foreign carriers that routinely do many of them for ALL paid int'l F customers. Kinda sad to compare that with UA int'l F service.
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Old Dec 30, 2009, 9:14 pm
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Although I never qualified for any of these big wig clubs, I was a card carrying "TED" member for about 6 years and as a result I never got "Can-Sir"!

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Old Dec 30, 2009, 9:15 pm
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Originally Posted by RichardInSF
It's interesting to see that list since there are foreign carriers that routinely do many of them for ALL paid int'l F customers. Kinda sad to compare that with UA int'l F service.
I'd bet that UA deals with many more GS folk each day than the "other carriers" have F pax. Just a complete guess, though...
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Old Jan 4, 2010, 10:30 am
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Originally Posted by milepig
The article mentions frequent trips to Australia - so lots of transpacs in the mix. Also that he's some sort of auto industry consultant.

But I also have to question - if someone eats 23 sequential meals on airplanes, when is he doing the business that is the point of flying?? Does he just hop from one plane to another? What's the point of flying somewhere for business if you aren't even on the ground long enough to require a meal?
My only guess would be he's meeting people in the airport. Lot's of airports have conference rooms some companies use to meet clients face to face.
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Old Jan 4, 2010, 10:59 am
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Originally Posted by RichardInSF
It's interesting to see that list since there are foreign carriers that routinely do many of them for ALL paid int'l F customers. Kinda sad to compare that with UA int'l F service.
Of those foreign carriers with such great service, I'll ask a dumb and possibly irrelevant question. Do they typically have extensive domestic operations as well, or are they primarily international carriers?
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Old Jan 4, 2010, 12:04 pm
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Originally Posted by Mike Jacoubowsky
Of those foreign carriers with such great service, I'll ask a dumb and possibly irrelevant question. Do they typically have extensive domestic operations as well, or are they primarily international carriers?
Lufthansa for one does have extensive domestic and intra-Europe flights.
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Old Jan 9, 2010, 4:08 pm
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Originally Posted by Oneworldplus2
To ua1flyer,
Who do you work for? What profession are you in? I would have thought that in this modern day world, video conferencing might have been cheaper? I mean, if your only in town for a few hours, the meetings must be very important for them to spend ALOT of money to ship you around the world constantly.
I work for myself. Iam a sales and management consultant in the auto industry. At this point in life/career I am able to choose where I work and with whom. I have worked regularly in Australia since 84. I find the people their to be a pleasure to work with,and have aquired several close friends over the last 25 years. I do take advantage of both tele/video conferencing AUS-US and US-AUS, but to be face to face talking business,discussing strategies, coming up with profitable solutions and then ending the day with a chat over a cold beer..... Life is good.
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Old Jan 14, 2010, 11:05 am
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Originally Posted by ua1flyer
never was in the Goodwin group or a member of troop #3333, but enjoyed all the expriences mentioned. No plaque, but had my name put on the first 777 United took delivery of...that was a hoot. That was to be on for a year and it ended up staying on for 2 and a half years. They also presented me with a miniature version with my name printed on as well. Very flattering to say the least.
See the comments field!
http://www.airliners.net/photo/Unite...222/0076616/L/

I assume United contacted you in light of the film release to do some PR?

Pretty amazing amount of travel though if a lot of it is to Australia I suspect that's about the best way to do it. I guess I did around 230,000 miles last year, couldn't imagine doing a 700,000 miles schedule on anything but longhauls, and in F obviously!
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Old Jan 14, 2010, 11:30 am
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Originally Posted by ua1flyer
No plaque, but had my name put on the first 777 United took delivery of...that was a hoot. That was to be on for a year and it ended up staying on for 2 and a half years. They also presented me with a miniature version with my name printed on as well. Very flattering to say the least.


That's amazing! ^^^

Did you ever get to fly her?
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Old Jan 14, 2010, 11:51 am
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That's amazing! ^^^

Did you ever get to fly her?
Hopefully he did before it began flying for TransSoviet.
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