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whether to seek miles credit if last segment not flown?

Old Feb 21, 15, 6:25 am
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whether to seek miles credit if last segment not flown?

Seeking some practical advice from you all --

If I have a one-way 2-segment itinerary which was purchased without my UA # attached, and I flew the first leg, but did not fly the second leg -- would you seek to get the miles credited after the trip?

More to the point, would this raise any questions in the system by doing this? People have stated that if you drop a leg, the system may notice and flag your account as a warning or something like that, and someone who does this frequently could be penalized. Just wondering if the claiming of miles is worth any account issues.

Thanks!
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Old Feb 21, 15, 7:33 am
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There seems to be a very difficult situation going on here. You are a 1K, so you ought to know by now to check your BP for your MP # to make sure you are in boarding group 1.

You took a flight without attaching your MP # to the reservation. Then you dropped the second leg. Now you are asking about submitting a request for miles for the flight you took.

Unless you had a very compelling reason for not taking the second leg, I think UA may look on this situation with some questions as to (1) why your MP # was not with the reservation, or boarding pass. Then (2) they will have questions about why you did not take the second leg. They may accuse you of trying to pull a fast one, and may reduce your status to Zero P, and may take all your earned mileage away. (especially if the cost of your ticket between A &C via B was less than the cost of a ticket from A to B). You can be banned from opening up another MP account. You would have the burden of proof to make your case.

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Old Feb 21, 15, 7:39 am
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Presuming this is not something you make a habit of, I think it would be better to have your MP# in the record (for the 1K bennies) and simply not take the second flight. There is far less opportunity of UA to take any "special interest" in your situation particularly after the first leg's miles have auto-posted.

And on the very small chance that you were asked about it after the fact, you can simply say you were "unable" to make that flight. That's not exactly a prevarication.....

But, unless you make it a habit to do this and come to the computer's attention, it's just much less obvious to do this with your MP # in the record so as to warrant no human looking at your itinerary after the fact.
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Old Feb 21, 15, 8:13 am
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Interesting, and thank you for the info.

I had left off the MP # somewhat on purpose, thinking that it would cause *less* attention if I did not have to take the 2nd flight (since they would never associate the ticket with my account without the MP#).

But you are suggesting it would have been somewhat automatically ok if I had kept it on, and may generate more attention if I retroactively request the miles now...

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Old Feb 21, 15, 12:32 pm
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Interesting, and thank you for the info.

I had left off the MP # somewhat on purpose, thinking that it would cause *less* attention if I did not have to take the 2nd flight (since they would never associate the ticket with my account without the MP#).

But you are suggesting it would have been somewhat automatically ok if I had kept it on, and may generate more attention if I retroactively request the miles now...
I think that is correct to assume.
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Old Feb 21, 15, 12:55 pm
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UA is not going to care about the 2nd leg not being flown. Just don't try to get credit for the 2nd leg.

Now, if you made a habit of it, sure, be worried. But UA isn't going to go after you and refare your ticket and close your MP account because you missed the final segment on an itinerary.

And FWIW, even without your MP #, unless you have a common name, they already know it's you. They have your full name, birthday, form of payment, ticket #, etc. It is trivial to associate that back to a single identity in the vast majority of cases.

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Old Feb 21, 15, 3:12 pm
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Is it possible to request credit for the first leg and not the 2nd?

It's only ~1500 miles so no huge loss, just trying to weigh the risks...
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Old Feb 21, 15, 4:59 pm
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Is it possible to request credit for the first leg and not the 2nd?

It's only ~1500 miles so no huge loss, just trying to weigh the risks...
Sure. You can request credit for just the segment. Probably easier to fax a copy of your BP stub and a short note explaining you forgot to put your MP # on the reservation.
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