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[TARGETED] 50% PQM miles promotion - TB5M11

[TARGETED] 50% PQM miles promotion - TB5M11

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For a limited time, you can earn 50% more MileagePlus® Premier® qualifying miles on roundtrip United-operated flights around the world. Purchase your ticket in United Global FirstSM, United First®, United BusinessFirst®, United Business® or United Economy® (F, A, J, C, D, Z, P, Y, B, M, E, U, H, Q and V fare classes).

Simply register, book and complete your travel by May 23, 2013.

http://www.united.com/web/en-US/apps...omoCode=TB5M11
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Old Apr 18, 13, 8:59 am
  #151  
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It doesn't seem to be 100% clear as to whether you have to register before you buy the ticket. What is clear is that you have to at least register before you fly, and that the ticket must be purchased on or after the promo was announced on April 17.
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Old Apr 18, 13, 9:09 am
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Originally Posted by jmr50 View Post
I received this. Former 1K, no flights for 6 months (except a few mileage redemptions). No interest.
I'm like you...except I did not receive the offer.

Whatevs. I'm finished with UA unless and until they get their act together.
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Old Apr 18, 13, 9:37 am
  #153  
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Got it. "Disenfrachised" 1k with a hair under 30k EQMs YTD. A lot of those are on US though (credited to UA) so my spend is probably 50% of where it was at this time last year.

Am a former CO* as well so they know my revenue potential if they can actually offer a reliable operation.
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Old Apr 18, 13, 10:49 am
  #154  
 
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Originally Posted by star_world View Post
It's a fact - you can research it yourself with a few minutes of searching.
I don't doubt what you said. My only point by bringing up the fortress hub comment is, they have not shown me a single thing about being able to understand, target and execute on a strategy for those of us flying out of Open/Competitive hubs. What motivates me to fly UA out of DEN is something entirely different than someone out of IAH.

Also, from a true Marketing perspective in a fortress hub environment, the Marketing staff can make some fairly large mistakes, be off target, use wrong data, error in message delivery, etc, and not "hurt" the business. These consumers won't be going any where. And, the programs to this consumer don't have to offer much due to this non-competitive environment.

Whereas for me, UA has to pull out all the stops, spend money, make as good of offers as all the others (DL, AA, WN, F9) who are drowning me with offers to compete for my dollars. This is the area I personally feel the new UA fails and for several reasons.

First, they don't want to spend the money to be competitive, (Examples- 1)Smi/J wanting to run from IAH because WN is going International out of Hobby. 2)Not caring about not being the #1 airline when the US/AA merger is announced.). I personally don't feel Smi/J is a fighter. In fact, I think he is weak and fearful of competition. He's not up for a challenge and not a person I would want at the helm of my company. I also think Marketing Spend are two words Smi/J detests. I've not met too many Economic/Finance MBA's/Majors that understand or are comfortable with those Expense Lines.

Secondly, I don't think they have the bandwidth, experience or prowess to Advertise/Market/build programs, out to the Open/Competitive hub consumers. They haven't had to do it in the past and I just don't think they have it in them.

And last, they do a terrible job of communicating out to their customer base. Maybe it's just me because I have the email switch turned off on my profile, but to me it's been like radio silence on a submarine over the last 18 months. They are certainly coming in last place relative to all the impressions I get from the other airline company's I listed above. So I don't know if this is intentional or whether they don't have this skill-set, but either way, the UA Brand impressions have certainly been absent. That is other than the "You're In" ads on this site, but I look at all those as Chase ads anyway.

For the record, I did not get this program announcement, which is fine since I am a Kayaker now. And for the record, I am a Plat for this year, after having been Gold forever, but only have 7 segments year to-date on UA. I have no plans to go out of my way to book UA and am sure I will be lucky to be Silver for 2014. Maybe they know that which is why I won't get targeted.

I would be curious to know, for those of you who did get targeted, what hub or station you fly out of. That info could be very telling.

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Old Apr 18, 13, 11:45 am
  #155  
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Originally Posted by star_world View Post
We just have plenty of hypotheses and yours tend to veer quite far into the "all UA IT is buggy" territory.
And that is how people make decisions and judgments.

We've seen how bad their systems are that impact customers, the heroics the front-liners have had to do to coerce the system to do something close to what we want, so it wouldn't follow that they have some killer BI system that they can use to effectively target their audience with absolute precision when the company itself doesn't even know how to manage basic transactions in the first place.
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Old Apr 18, 13, 1:24 pm
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Originally Posted by Boghopper View Post
More than a few steps (seven or so, by my count, or about half of the E fare classes), and more than a little $$.

As for VX, if you're just comparing FF programs UA's is better on balance. But if you're going by in flight experience or UA's contempt for "low roller" elites, VX wins by a country mile. Just sad their network is so limited. But I'm not comparing, I am just going where I'm wanted.
I'm only saying that if we're complaining about the promo not being MR-friendly, going to VX makes no sense -- VX's entire program is unfriendly for runners.

Originally Posted by chinatraderjmr View Post
I'm going to sue!!!! That's right, these targeted promotions are pure discrimination & I'm going right over to my friend Sues house for dinner & forget about this crap
Agreed. And since I'm younger/older than others who have qualified, I'm going to sue for age discrimination, too!
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Old Apr 18, 13, 2:01 pm
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Not targeted, does not work for Mrs EX and me. We are both 1 K and last flew
UA in Nov 2012.
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Old Apr 18, 13, 2:01 pm
  #158  
 
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I got the offer. Gold in 2012. Silver this year.

Only PQMs this year was from a US flight. No current reservations either.
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Old Apr 18, 13, 3:24 pm
  #159  
 
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Originally Posted by anc-ord772 View Post
Didn't qualify.
Already booked all travel thru May.
Only book one ways anyway.
Anyone know what the rationale is for one ways not being eligible?
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Old Apr 18, 13, 4:18 pm
  #160  
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Originally Posted by jcg20 View Post
I got this, but find it kind of strange that it's only good for 6 weeks.
I didn't get this, but also find it strange that the promo works for only 6 weeks. I guess it's best for those who travel a bunch on last-minute basis, even though those people probably *would* buy tickets with or without the promo

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Old Apr 18, 13, 5:04 pm
  #161  
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Originally Posted by gaobest View Post
I didn't get this, but also find it strange that the promo works for only 6 weeks. I guess it's best for those who travel a bunch on last-minute basis, even though those people probably *would* buy tickets with or without the promo

Michael
Shoulder season before summer. Probably lower than expected bookings. Surprise surprise.
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Old Apr 18, 13, 10:20 pm
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Failed to register for this one. It's targeted, really
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Old Apr 19, 13, 7:07 am
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I was targeted for this. I'm gold this year, but have only flied about 3 flights this year. No activity in a few weeks.

Anyone have ideas to use this for a mileage run out of IAH? Or, are these fare classes too high to make this a sweet deal?
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Old Apr 19, 13, 2:29 pm
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Originally Posted by ibuyyoufly View Post
I would be curious to know, for those of you who did get targeted, what hub or station you fly out of. That info could be very telling.
I was targeted. I earned silver in 2010 & 2011 for 2011 & 2012; earned Gold in 2012 for 2013. All my travel is for leisure and most of it is international K fares. I'm based in Chicago, and have just over 15k PQM all in K so far this year.

Originally Posted by hookthem View Post
Anyone have ideas to use this for a mileage run out of IAH? Or, are these fare classes too high to make this a sweet deal?
I looked, but couldn't find anything good. It looks like the price difference from K/N to V is more than double.
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Old Apr 19, 13, 4:09 pm
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Originally Posted by IAH-OIL-TRASH View Post
Still, it's gonna inflate the elite levels to some extent with faux elites.
faux elites???
is that similar to when kettle mom and pop get to sit up front by buying an upgrade?
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