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Separate Frequent Flyer Number for Outbound & Return Legs?

Separate Frequent Flyer Number for Outbound & Return Legs?

Old Jun 2, 13, 12:16 pm
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Separate Frequent Flyer Number for Outbound & Return Legs?

Hi all --

Is it possible to use my United FF# for the outbound portion of a round trip, but switch to a different FF# (say, US Air) for the return?

This may sound like an odd need, but I am doing a premier match and don't want to hit 18,000 miles until after July, so that I get an extra year of status. For an upcoming trip, I'd like to get upgraded for the outbound, but don't want to accumulate miles for the return. The timing is very delicate!

Thanks --
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Old Jun 2, 13, 12:20 pm
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Originally Posted by pedro colizzle View Post
... Is it possible to use my United FF# for the outbound portion of a round trip, but switch to a different FF# (say, US Air) for the return? ...
yes, but the outcome may not be want you desire depending on the gap.

Recent reports suggest the FF in the record at time of posting, not time of flight, is determining the account. So if the outbound posts before your return flight, things should work out. This means there needs to 3,4,5 day gap.

A shorter gap may lead to an unexpected outcome.
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Old Jun 2, 13, 1:04 pm
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Interesting, thanks. I'll be sure to add a datapoint after this all works out.

By posting, do we mean "the moment miles are attributed to my United Mileageplus account, and visible on my profile?" If so, since posting takes place well after the flight itself, why would the size of the gap be relevant? Switching FFNs pre-return would mean I'd have my US Air number on record both during the time of the flight, and at the time of posting.

Incidentally, there are 4 days between legs, so I'm solidly in the grey area. I think I am going to be safe and switch both legs to US Air now, even if that means I risk forfeiting my upgrade on the outbound, which has now cleared.
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Old Jun 2, 13, 7:58 pm
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The safest way is to call UA to cancel your UA number after you've flown the outbound.
After you've flown the return, ask for credit retroactively from US (and maybe UA for the outbound).
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