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How close did YOU cut it? (Made elite level just in time)

How close did YOU cut it? (Made elite level just in time)

Old Jan 4, 13, 1:41 pm
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How close did YOU cut it? (Made elite level just in time)

I make Silver on an annual basis based on segments and not miles. I was two short this year so I drove my Mother-in-Law home in her own car (and earned some great Brownie Points) on 12/31 and then flew two segments back. I landed back at my home airport at 7:27 pm, beating the 2012 deadline by 4.5 hours.

With 12/31 being a "no work" day for many, I'm wondering who out there cut it even closer than that. I'm sure there are many!
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Old Jan 4, 13, 1:44 pm
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Hit 90.5 segments on the morning of 12/31 PHX-ORD.
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Old Jan 4, 13, 1:54 pm
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Hit 100,000 miles somewhere over the Atlantic ex-EWR the evening of 12/28
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Old Jan 4, 13, 1:57 pm
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December 28, 2012, 101,118 EQM for 1K
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Old Jan 4, 13, 1:58 pm
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Got ORC credit today for a flight from 12/30 which just put me over the top.
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Old Jan 4, 13, 2:05 pm
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Originally Posted by gdenny View Post
I make Silver on an annual basis based on segments and not miles. I was two short this year so I drove my Mother-in-Law home in her own car (and earned some great Brownie Points) on 12/31 and then flew two segments back. I landed back at my home airport at 7:27 pm, beating the 2012 deadline by 4.5 hours.

With 12/31 being a "no work" day for many, I'm wondering who out there cut it even closer than that. I'm sure there are many!
You actually beat the deadline by more than 4.5 hours; apparently, it's from the time your journey starts, not ends. What I'm not sure of is, on a multi-segment trip, does the clock stop at the first leg on the return, or the final?

Last year, you could "beat the clock" safely by a very tiny margin using Chase Points to buy PQMs. This year, they changed it so you had to buy them by 12/30, a full day ahead.
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Old Jan 4, 13, 2:06 pm
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My fiance crossed 100,000 miles SNA-ORD on 12/30... I was safe with 190k and got my GS invite on January 2nd
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Old Jan 4, 13, 2:11 pm
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Originally Posted by Mike Jacoubowsky View Post
You actually beat the deadline by more than 4.5 hours; apparently, it's from the time your journey starts, not ends. What I'm not sure of is, on a multi-segment trip, does the clock stop at the first leg on the return, or the final?
Each segment credits based on the date/time of scheduled departure.
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Old Jan 4, 13, 2:27 pm
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Maybe not so much a question of time as mileage, but I qualified for 1K with exactly 100,006 miles on the most "final" part of final descent into JFK from SFO on 12/15. That was my last flight of the year on United.
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Old Jan 4, 13, 2:33 pm
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I'm still crossing my fingers to make sure everything goes well as the final miles have not posted yet from my 12/31 flight (*A partner), but I should close the year with 100,100 miles. This is the narrowest margin and by far the latest I've squeeked by in all my years as 1K...
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Old Jan 4, 13, 2:40 pm
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50,507 on 12/26
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Old Jan 4, 13, 2:52 pm
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Originally Posted by TimF1975 View Post
Hit 90.5 segments on the morning of 12/31 PHX-ORD.
beat me this year...

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Old Jan 4, 13, 3:21 pm
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Arrived in EWR at 10:33pm on 12/30 with 100,047 PQM. Wife got 100,016 miles.
UA recorded that segment as on 12/31, making the qualifying segment even closer.

Are we the thinnest UA 1K couple?
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Old Jan 4, 13, 3:36 pm
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2011 I didnt make Plat until late December, this year I got it done late November.

My dad didn't clear 1K until 12/29 - the longest he has even 'waited'.
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Old Jan 4, 13, 3:57 pm
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I actually miscalculated. Using the famously unreliable united.com mileage calculator, I realized that I'd miss 1K by 2,000 miles. So I bought a mileage accelerator for $500 on an award ticket. Turns out that I ended up with 104,000 miles. In the end, I'm not that mad. I'll still use the miles, even if I overpayed for them. I also had the security of knowing that 1K was absolute.
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