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United CFO Rainey Implies Certain Elites were "Over Entitled".

United CFO Rainey Implies Certain Elites were "Over Entitled".

Old May 21, 12, 4:45 pm
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Originally Posted by AeroWesty View Post
Thanks for posting the link. Here it is in black and white, who the over-entitleds were, it was the Silvers:

"United said Mr. Rainey was specifically referring to a change that makes it more difficult for the lowest of the elite frequent-flier levels — customers who earn 25,000 miles a year — to nab seats in the Economy Plus coach section, which has added legroom. In some markets, lower-level elites got so many of the Economy Plus seats that there were no seats left there for late-booking, high-fare, high-status passengers. United used to let the lowest elite level reserve Economy Plus seats at booking. But as of March 3, the lowest tier of elite level members can only reserve Economy Plus seats for free at check-in."

They need to step up the damage control a bit, though.
No that is the WSJ's take on the UA marketing spin.... I don't believe it..
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Old May 21, 12, 4:45 pm
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Originally Posted by CrazyInteg View Post
As a former 2P, I would say that 2P's were over-entitled.
Economy Plus was nice, but I never paid for it, so they were losing money with me. That's not the best way to run a business for profit.
I agree.
When I had my trial Silver, It was all E+ and 6 trips in F!

I'm not so much bothered by some of the changes, as I am with really bad attitude that has accompanied them as well as the deciet and lack of communication since 3/3.
And foisting that horrible system on their employees? Jeez....
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Old May 21, 12, 4:46 pm
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Originally Posted by desperationsearch View Post
NO ONE IS HAVING A BETTER EXPERIENCE.
Um, please don't attempt to speak for everyone, at least not me.

Here are some of my better experiences:

- Intra-Asia UDU
- Better food
- More E+
- Much better award search engine and flexible routing rules.

Originally Posted by UA-NYC View Post
A non-elite SHOULD NEVER be getting a sub-$100 upgrade offer for the ~98% of flights where there are more elites than F seats available! Yet they do! That's not the difference between their fare and the "retail price".
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Originally Posted by CDG1 View Post
I have jumped ship to other Star Alliance airlines and Air France.

Rainey and Smi$ek are liars.

I will not set foot on UA/CO flights again unless they give us back our 3 SWUs, CR1s, Premier Exec Star Gold lifetime status (now it's only Gold) and 100% bonus miles.

Signed
a fuming over-entitled pre-merger Million Miler

Can you elaborate? Did anyone at UA ever promise to you that you'll get SWUs and CR1s forever, and the MileagePlus program will never be changed?

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Old May 21, 12, 4:47 pm
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Originally Posted by AeroWesty View Post
Thanks for posting the link. Here it is in black and white, who the over-entitleds were, it was the Silvers:

"United said Mr. Rainey was specifically referring to a change that makes it more difficult for the lowest of the elite frequent-flier levels — customers who earn 25,000 miles a year — to nab seats in the Economy Plus coach section, which has added legroom. In some markets, lower-level elites got so many of the Economy Plus seats that there were no seats left there for late-booking, high-fare, high-status passengers. United used to let the lowest elite level reserve Economy Plus seats at booking. But as of March 3, the lowest tier of elite level members can only reserve Economy Plus seats for free at check-in."

They need to step up the damage control a bit, though.
UA Insider aka Shannon said this on the very thread you're posting on, which forms the basis for the whole post, essentially.

Whether you choose to believe this or not, up to you. IMO, from a C level exec there is little difference between forcing more silvers to pay for E+ and forcing more pax in general to pay for F upgrades. FAPP they are both "over-entitlement corrections" in the same vein. And I'll bet they make more cash from TOD upgrades than they do from E+ sells to Silvers.

Originally Posted by mitchmu View Post
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This is not aligning value with rewards. This is value destructing deception.

How many times does this need to be said?
Infinity, it seems. I wish my two Y trips in B fare class had turned out better from an UG standpoint ... although to be fair one was on the dreaded SFO-IAD.
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Old May 21, 12, 4:48 pm
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Originally Posted by mitchmu View Post

I've noted in earlier posts that with 800,000 UA metal miles under my butt, I have never once experienced a glitch on UA metal under Apollo. And, I have experienced glitches on nearly every CO flight post merger and COdbaUA flight post 3/3.
+1

Their new IT system is either a complete failure or.... it is just working as designed to increase ancillary revenue, and therefore there is nothing to correct. I have not had ANY upgrades automatically process in the post-3/3 world without direct intervention by either UA Insider or a 1K desk CSR.

And I definitely do appreciate the help that Shannon and Carlos have provided to me under PM, but we shouldn't need to PM them every time in order to get upgrades processed correctly.

I'm also not convinced that the myriad IT problems are all a result of SHARES. (I mean doesn't US Airways use SHARES too???) In fact, the problems are just as likely to be buried in the thousands of lines of code for all the various software programs that interact with the SHARES system rather than the core reservations system itself.

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Old May 21, 12, 4:49 pm
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I wonder if the demands for customer care kits and $300 vouchers for miniscule problems have anything to do with it? No other dopmestic airline gave away big vouchers for broken reading lights.
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Old May 21, 12, 4:49 pm
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Thinking about getting this t-shirt for my next United flight.

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Old May 21, 12, 4:50 pm
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Originally Posted by CDKing View Post
I wonder if the demands for customer care kits and $300 vouchers for miniscule problems have anything to do with it?
Not a chance

But it makes a convenient excuse for the morally bankrupt UA
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Old May 21, 12, 4:53 pm
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Originally Posted by MatthewLAX View Post
No thanks for our loyalty, or does it really not matter past the current transaction?

Our egos still appreciate at least lip service.
IMO there won't BE any reciprocal loyalty because many of the leaders that fostered that culture of honesty and customer loyalty are GONE.

All that's left are the front liners who are mostly still trying their best, but are burnt out and hamstrung by the new policies.

IMO....
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Old May 21, 12, 4:54 pm
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Originally Posted by r_pad View Post
Thinking about getting this t-shirt for my next United flight.

Thanks! I'm printing that and putting it in my luggage tag, next to the AA Exec Plat one...^
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Old May 21, 12, 4:56 pm
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Shannon,

As many have said, you really do seem like a wonderfully nice person, and we feel sorry for you trying to calm the flames in this firestorm. It seems obvious to me that management is now telling you what to say here on FT. But I have some bad news - your posts are now starting to not only not calm the flames, but you are fanning them - and making the fire worse.

How many thousands of posts here now talk of United being shady, lying, deceiftful, untransparent....


Originally Posted by UA Insider
Hi Everyone, we see there’s a lot of interest in our recent presentation at Bank of America.
No - there is a lot of interest in the statment that Elites are over-entitled. And the feeling that that statement matches up very well with the culture we are seeing day in day out on the new UA and service at airports, on planes and in particular in relation to upgrades. You did not even address the point that has resulted in this thread having 40,000 page views in 3 days.

To clarify, the message that we’re investing in our Premier program and ensuring greater access to elite benefits at higher elite tiers is not a new one.
It's new to us! Are we missing something? Reduced upgrades for all elites. No1K Voice. No 1K Line. No 1K check in. Reduced milage for Gold. Reduced GPUs. Where is the greater access to benefits for higher elites.

An example of this is when our Premier tiers get access to Economy Plus seating. This change has materialized into a meaningfully better experience for our Gold members and above. In fact, in markets that have the highest proportion of Premier flyers, a higher percentage of Premier Platinum and Premier Gold members are getting access to Economy Plus (comparing February 2012 to April 2012, and comparing April 2011 to April 2012), while the percentage of Premier Silver members sitting in Economy Plus hasn’t decreased meaningfully. Some of those Premier Silver members may be choosing to purchase Economy Plus seating, but, in general, Economy Plus seating remains available at time of check-in.
I've not seen a single thread on FT since 3/3 stating that access to E+ is an issue for elites.

While John was not referring to upgrades, we know they remain a hot topic, especially with respect to selling upgrades.
Yet, United does nothing to improve transperancy and honesty. Just more spin and lies.

In the coming year, we will be adding more transparency to the upgrade process, and will also be making important improvements to the upgrade system itself.
12 months to explain to your best customers how upgrades work? How the hell can that take 12 months. It could be done by the end of this week. You won't have any customers left in 12 months.
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Old May 21, 12, 4:59 pm
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Originally Posted by amartin1979 View Post
+1

Their new IT system is either a complete failure or.... it is just working as designed to increase ancillary revenue, and therefore there is nothing to correct. I have not had ANY upgrades automatically process in the post-3/3 world without direct intervention by either UA Insider or a 1K desk CSR.

And I definitely do appreciate the help that Shannon and Carlos have provided to me under PM, but we shouldn't need to PM them every time in order to get upgrades processed correctly.

I'm also not convinced that the myriad IT problems are all a result of SHARES. (I mean doesn't US Airways use SHARES too???) In fact, the problems are just as likely to be buried in the thousands of lines of code for all the various software programs that interact with the SHARES system rather than the core reservations system itself.
I flew something like 9 segments on CO before 3/3 and got exactly 1 UG, and that was with an RPU. Success with CPU - zero. And, this includes travel on a Y fare ticket.

None of these problems are new for me. They are identical to CO travel experience before 3/3.
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Old May 21, 12, 5:00 pm
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My problem is Shannon's response, and I don't blame her, is what the company is telling her she must say, and I say that because this is what was posted on Facebook in regards to someone else mentioning the speech:

United ‎@Steffen, The message presented at the recent Bank of America conference is not new. We’re investing in our Premier program and ensuring greater access to elite benefits at higher elite tiers.
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Old May 21, 12, 5:01 pm
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I've been thinking about this whole statement and the PR response today. Then I remembered I saw a great video about creating a culture of respect and treating others like you want to be treated yourself!

How about it United? Perhaps time to follow your own advice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmQUVULG9q4

It's worth watching it again. Hopefully the PR team, CEO and CFO will do the same.
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Old May 21, 12, 5:08 pm
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Originally Posted by Mike Jacoubowsky View Post
No question reading Shannon's post that it's all about Gold & above these days. However, I'd take her to task on the idea that a Gold is better off now than last year. 50% RDM vs 100% alone is a pretty big hit, and I never had issues in the past obtaining E+ seats (except once or twice during irrops).

I feel for anyone thinking there's a point to Silver these days. United, and most other airlines, are teaching people to paddle (Kayak). The possible downside (to COdbaUA) for strapping the Silvers to the wing is that Golds & Plats & 1Ks aren't typically born that way; the first 49,999 miles are either in back or benefits purchased a la carte.

COdbaUA likely thinks that makes sense, as long as you can buy your way out, a la carte. Trouble is, a lot of businesses won't pay for a la carte options for their traveling employees, so the more carefully you align your pay-for programs with what people actually use, the more you alienate the <49,999 mile business person.
Or that a Silver will always remain such.

I was a 1K at one point. Dropped to a silver for a couple years as I wasn't traveling much, and now I'm back to traveling again. I'll hit 50K no problem and probably 75k. How much of that business is UA going to get? Well last year, it probably would have been all of it. This year: It all goes to US except when they don't go where I need to go. Needless to say, I only have 1 international trip planned on UA this year and that's only because I HAVE to fly them due to policy. Not happy it ended up being on a Z/D ticket too. The only redeeming thing about it is I could upgrade to F and credit it to another *A carrier.

Anyone have a screen for a t-shirt for Former Over-entitled UA customer?

Originally Posted by MarkedMan View Post
UA Insider aka Shannon said this on the very thread you're posting on, which forms the basis for the whole post, essentially.

Whether you choose to believe this or not, up to you. IMO, from a C level exec there is little difference between forcing more silvers to pay for E+ and forcing more pax in general to pay for F upgrades. FAPP they are both "over-entitlement corrections" in the same vein. And I'll bet they make more cash from TOD upgrades than they do from E+ sells to Silvers.
No, but it sounds better that they're picking on the Silvers rather than admitting they're screwing 1Ks.

Infinity, it seems. I wish my two Y trips in B fare class had turned out better from an UG standpoint ... although to be fair one was on the dreaded SFO-IAD.
I also found it funny that Y/B is good enough for a 2P to sit in F but not good enough to get them into E+. UA had the gall to try to upsell E+ to me on a $5800 international Y fare to ICN.

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