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Halfway to Hawaii Contest ... [merged threads]

Old Jul 1, 14, 6:59 pm
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Originally Posted by Kacee View Post
That is truly pathetic.

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Flyer Friendly indeed.
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Old Jul 1, 14, 7:04 pm
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Originally Posted by Kacee View Post
Marriott would charge pax a resort fee to participate.

Unfortunately, it is also entirely believable!
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Old Jul 1, 14, 8:18 pm
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Originally Posted by DENviaLAX View Post
Announced today, as a part of your 2 billion dollars in cuts, the Halfway to Hawaii game is ending due to a loss of sponsorship. Awesome!
Not surprising. Anything that made this airline (or predecessor) unique in any way has been gutted by this regime in pursuit of turning United into a giant pile of cheap, generic, nondescript garbage.

Way to go, UA! Flyer Friendly!
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Old Jul 1, 14, 8:52 pm
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It was alive and well from SFO-LIH today where 2 people missed the correct answer by 3 secs each!
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Old Jul 1, 14, 11:58 pm
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Originally Posted by DENviaLAX View Post
Announced today, as a part of your 2 billion dollars in cuts, the Halfway to Hawaii game is ending due to a loss of sponsorship. Awesome!
Why don't they go back to giving a bottle of champagne ... oops they no longer have that... How about a bottle of wine or something from the BOB collection?
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Old Jul 2, 14, 12:33 am
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11A & 11C tied and it was determined that 11A got a bottle of wine and 11C was s.o.l.! The purser stated that they only ONE prize to give out. Totally crapola contest!!!
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Old Jul 2, 14, 12:40 am
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Well because "frequent flyers were cheating at the game by using technology to find the answers, the game had run it's course anyway," even without the loss of sponsorship.

But are you really suggesting that UA actually invest in their customers? Maybe if they made people buy an entry into the contest, raffle ticket style, they'd be willing to give away an actual prize at their expense.

Hopefully the flight crews keep it alive regardless.
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Old Jul 2, 14, 2:04 am
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Halfway to Hawaii Contest ... [merged threads]

This is a result of disgruntled crew, not a directive from management. Same as why Ch 9 is rarely turned on now.
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Old Jul 2, 14, 4:54 am
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Originally Posted by LilAbner View Post
11A & 11C tied and it was determined that 11A got a bottle of wine and 11C was s.o.l.! The purser stated that they only ONE prize to give out. Totally crapola contest!!!
Maybe they could share it, then we could all join hands, and hear the children sing and see rainbows, and...
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Old Jul 2, 14, 3:27 pm
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Hi everyone,

Some further context and history here. We look for a marketing sponsor on these promotions so that we can feasibly offer a program structure and a prize that’s interesting, fun, and relevant to the destination. Although our current marketing agreement has ended, we have been actively seeking sponsors and concepts for a new Halfway to Hawaii-type promotion, and we would love to bring it back. While the previous promotion had a great run over many decades, it had indeed also run its course in its current format (which, yes, is not that difficult to “decode”). If we can find a new sponsor for the game, we’d look to update it to something fresh and new.

-UA Insider
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Old Jul 2, 14, 3:34 pm
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As to updating the game to something more challenging, how about guessing the total number or % of UGs that cleared on the flight?
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Old Jul 2, 14, 4:48 pm
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Originally Posted by UA Insider View Post
Hi everyone,

Some further context and history here. We look for a marketing sponsor on these promotions so that we can feasibly offer a program structure and a prize that’s interesting, fun, and relevant to the destination. Although our current marketing agreement has ended, we have been actively seeking sponsors and concepts for a new Halfway to Hawaii-type promotion, and we would love to bring it back. While the previous promotion had a great run over many decades, it had indeed also run its course in its current format (which, yes, is not that difficult to “decode”). If we can find a new sponsor for the game, we’d look to update it to something fresh and new.

-UA Insider
UA Insider--- I expected better out of you. For the average passenger the game is not easy to "decode". How many flyertalk members or aviation gurus fly on the average 344 seat 777 to HNL? Everyone enjoyed the guessing part of the game. And what was the fun and exciting prize? A Hawaii what-to-see book? It was never about the prize. What it was about was the charisma on the flight to Hawaii--happy flight attendants and a jolly mood that paradise was a few hours away. Keep cutting, United, because distributing 344 pieces of halfway to hawaii paper per 777 must cut into the fuel budget.
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Old Jul 2, 14, 6:17 pm
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Originally Posted by UA Insider View Post
Hi everyone,

Some further context and history here. We look for a marketing sponsor on these promotions so that we can feasibly offer a program structure and a prize that’s interesting, fun, and relevant to the destination. Although our current marketing agreement has ended, we have been actively seeking sponsors and concepts for a new Halfway to Hawaii-type promotion, and we would love to bring it back. While the previous promotion had a great run over many decades, it had indeed also run its course in its current format (which, yes, is not that difficult to “decode”). If we can find a new sponsor for the game, we’d look to update it to something fresh and new.

-UA Insider
Well I can disprove that quite easily UA Insider as a 2-3 times a month flyer on the HNL route, I can provide you with 10 years of data that I have collected from each of my flights to test that theory. Are you up to the challenge? How about it? I can provide a random sampling of say 6 data sets and let's see if you can "decode" the correct time.

DEPARTURE TIME: 07:11 HT
DISTANCE: 2142
TRUE AIR SPEED: 473 KNOTS
HEADWIND: 12 KNOTS

DEPARTURE TIME: 06:40 HT
DISTANCE: 2154
TRUE AIR SPEED: 480 KNOTS
HEADWIND: -31 KNOTS

DEPARTURE TIME: 08:26 HT
DISTANCE: 2154
TRUE AIR SPEED: 470 KNOTS
HEADWIND: 32 KNOTS

DEPARTURE TIME: 13:18 HT
DISTANCE: 2285
TRUE AIR SPEED: 470 KNOTS
HEADWIND: 16 KNOTS

DEPARTURE TIME: 10:03 HT
DISTANCE: 2155
TRUE AIR SPEED: 483 KNOTS
HEADWIND: 6 KNOTS

DEPARTURE TIME: 15:57 HT
DISTANCE: 2122
TRUE AIR SPEED: 462 KNOTS
HEADWIND: -22 KNOTS


Originally Posted by zeus2120 View Post
UA Insider--- I expected better out of you. For the average passenger the game is not easy to "decode". How many flyertalk members or aviation gurus fly on the average 344 seat 777 to HNL? Everyone enjoyed the guessing part of the game. And what was the fun and exciting prize? A Hawaii what-to-see book? It was never about the prize. What it was about was the charisma on the flight to Hawaii--happy flight attendants and a jolly mood that paradise was a few hours away. Keep cutting, United, because distributing 344 pieces of halfway to hawaii paper per 777 must cut into the fuel budget.
Agreed.

I travel this route 2-3 times a month and have for years. I think in 30 years I have won the game 4 or 5 times. I've been been beaten by a few seconds too many times to remember. Other times I'm 2+ minutes off. It's guessing at a moving target and not an easy game, even if you have a formula to win.

It is a fun game that I still look forward to each and every time I step on a UA plane to Hawaii and [HTH geek alert] I have an excel spreadsheet with 10 years of data from each game including the guess I made and announced winning time [/HTH geek alert].

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Old Jul 2, 14, 7:47 pm
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Originally Posted by zeus2120 View Post
UA Insider--- I expected better out of you. For the average passenger the game is not easy to "decode". How many flyertalk members or aviation gurus fly on the average 344 seat 777 to HNL? Everyone enjoyed the guessing part of the game. And what was the fun and exciting prize? A Hawaii what-to-see book? It was never about the prize. What it was about was the charisma on the flight to Hawaii--happy flight attendants and a jolly mood that paradise was a few hours away. Keep cutting, United, because distributing 344 pieces of halfway to hawaii paper per 777 must cut into the fuel budget.
could not have said it better. i hope the crews keep the tradition alive in spite of management, which is fast becoming a general theme of this airline. does UA really need a corporate sponsor to give away a mai tai (which i'm sure is one of the next cuts) to the winner? sad.
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Old Jul 2, 14, 8:44 pm
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Originally Posted by CO_Nonrev_elite View Post
This is a result of disgruntled crew, not a directive from management. Same as why Ch 9 is rarely turned on now.
Are you saying the ending of the game is the result of disgruntled crew, not a directive from the management? Maybe something or some people made the crew to make some decision that they don't wish. I have some pilots told me that, ch. 9 is off because someone had written him up thru listening to it, so he turned it off after that. And some pilots say they don't like to play the half way game because too many people try to argue with them for the correct answer, after using their modern technology, unaware of speed and wind change during the courses of flight. But whatever it is, ending of the game is sad. This is a long United tradition.
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