Chicago Cubs dump United

Old Feb 5, 15, 8:15 pm
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Chicago Cubs dump United

I'm sure nobody really cares but the hometown airline has been booted out as the official airline of the Chicago Cubs by AA. The United Club will transition to a non airline sponsor, wonder why AA didn't make it an Admirals Club. I also wonder if UA lost the charter business of hauling the team to the games too.
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Old Feb 5, 15, 8:18 pm
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Maybe now they'll win a World Series.
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Old Feb 5, 15, 8:24 pm
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Against Miami?
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Old Feb 5, 15, 8:28 pm
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Against Miami?
Great reference. Gonna go put some money on the cubbies.
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Old Feb 5, 15, 8:57 pm
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Originally Posted by worldtrav View Post
I'm sure nobody really cares but the hometown airline has been booted out as the official airline of the Chicago Cubs by AA.
The sponsorship was up for renewal, UA was outbid by AA. In 2013, UA renewed its long-term naming rights at the United Center for big bucks, so perhaps the local sponsorship budget for Chicago was maxed out? UA is still well-represented in Chicago with deals in place with the Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls and White Sox.

I also wonder if UA lost the charter business of hauling the team to the games too.
Not to my knowledge. Generally team charter contracts are separate from marketing relationships. JetBlue and Southwest are the "official airline" of a number of NFL teams (and WN the entire league) but neither do any NFL charters. I believe UA will still be flying the Cubs.
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Old Feb 5, 15, 8:59 pm
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I posted an article about this earlier today:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/24296455-post260.html
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Old Feb 5, 15, 9:06 pm
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Great news for this White Sox fan! Good move by UA to not advertise with that loser of a team.
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Old Feb 5, 15, 9:12 pm
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This was a bad move by UA unless AA totally overpaid. United represents 26 or so teams around the country. Out of all of these, the Cubs was arguably the most important to UA as they are the most popular team in United's hometown of Chicago. American should have absolutely no ability to call themselves "Chicago's Hometown Airline"- which they want to do according to their CMO. Big loss for UA.
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Old Feb 5, 15, 9:13 pm
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Originally Posted by tom911 View Post
I posted an article about this earlier today:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/24296455-post260.html
And with that, please continue the discussion in this thread from the above mentioned post

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/unite...5-edition.html

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