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End of 2018 United BIS Rankings or How Much Did You Really Fly Last Year on United?

View Poll Results: What was your end of year 2018 (only) UA BIS miles number?
1 Million or more UA BIS miles
3
1.92%
500 thousand or more but less than 1 Million UA BIS miles
6
3.85%
250 thousand or more but less than 500 thousand UA BIS miles
14
8.97%
100 thousand or more but less than 250 thousand UA BIS miles
65
41.67%
75 thousand or more but less than 100 thousand UA BIS miles
29
18.59%
50 thousand or more but less than 75 thousand UA BIS miles
13
8.33%
25 thousand or more but less than 50 thousand UA BIS miles
15
9.62%
less than 25 thousand UA BIS miles
11
7.05%
Voters: 156. You may not vote on this poll

End of 2018 United BIS Rankings or How Much Did You Really Fly Last Year on United?

Old Dec 26, 18, 4:44 pm
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End of 2018 United BIS Rankings or How Much Did You Really Fly Last Year on United?

Are you a Moon flight Mission Leader or a Suborbital Cruiser?

(Rankings Added Now Below) As I have done for a couple years now, I thought it would be fun to put up and rank the numbers for United BIS (Butt In Seat) or "actual" flight miles*. Since 2016 when United changed the PQM award amounts so they are more heavily weighted by the booking codes, particularly for business flyers (up to 3X flown miles), the PQM totals don’t always correlate well with your actual flight miles. So again this thread is strictly for ranking United BIS miles for 2018 which ranks your real flight miles* on United planes. If you also want to list your Star Alliance BIS that is fine as well for fun. If you want to rank your PQM miles you can do that on a thread started by UA_Flyer at: End of 2018 PQM Ranking

If you want to rank your Lifetime United BIS miles and also take part in a poll you can do that at: United Lifetime Flight Miles "BIS" Ranking for the end of 2018

The two previous year’s United BIS rankings can be found at:

End of 2017 United BIS Rankings or How Much Did You Really Fly Last Year on United?

End of 2016 United BIS Rankings or How Much Did You Really Fly Last Year on United?


After we have a reasonable number of United BIS entries I will provide a ranked and alphanumeric list periodically that is divided into levels of flight distance accomplishments (How many times have you circled the globe or traveled to the Moon?).

The best and easiest way to get your United BIS miles number is to take your United Lifetime flight Miles for the end of 2018 (or what you expect it to be) and subtract from it your United Lifetime flight Miles from the end of 2017. This one year difference in Lifetime Flight Miles is your United BIS for 2018.

If for some reason you didn’t record your end of year 2017 lifetime number last year (Doesn’t everyone?), then you can still calculate your United BIS by taking the PQM from each 2018 trip which is on your detailed activity list and dividing the PQM for each flight by the appropriate multiplier for the booking code for that flight and then adding up all the resultant BIS miles. These booking codes values are on the “United Earning Miles for flights” page but to summarize: 3X for F and J; 2X for A, C, D, Z, and P; 1.5X for Y and B, and 1X for everything else (except 0X for N). For example, if your PQM for a flight is 1500 miles and your booking code was P then your BIS for that flight was 750 miles (1500/2). Also upgraded flights having booking codes with a Z prefix such as ZQ or ZW are still 1X (ignore the leading Z). You can also download your flight activity list into a spreadsheet to make these calculations easier.

Finally, if you don’t have your 2017 lifetime miles, are mathematically challenged, or don’t have all day to calculate your BIS, please feel free to approximate your BIS. Just put a “~” in front of the number to designate an approximation and I will also be happy to rank it.

Let the posting begin…


(*Note that the United Lifetime flight miles are a bit of an approximation to your actual flight miles since United rounds up all small flights less than 500 miles to 500 miles even. Thus United slightly overestimates your mileage depending at least on the number of short flights you have taken. To keep this simple, let’s use United’s definition of flight miles.)

United BIS Rankings* Up to Post 56 Plus More Entries
Rank --- Name ---- UA BIS Miles ---- Star Alliance Miles ( Optional)

Interstellar Mission Flight Commander: "
1 ua1flyer 1,362,233 That's well over 50 hours a week in a plane!!

You Made it to the Moon AND Back!! >450K miles
2 BldgEnergySaver 455,287 521,430

You reached the Moon! One small step.. >225K miles
3 Kitto 365,802
4 ua48ua49 343,000
5 wxguy 310,700
6 dkc715 309,619
7 marcusf 289,770
8 shelby101 269,280
9 UA_Flyer 252,172 342,366
10 Pat89339 242,100
11 jdivenere 233,866

Quadruple Looper!! >100K miles
12 rs231 211,336
13 John Aldeborgh 211,202
14 bajong 210,383
15 UAgeek71 196,572
16 st530 186,364
17 Parikh1234 186,000
18 Oregonflyer 177,015
19 laughinlab2001 173,860 180,452
20 toddt 173,000
21 DELee 152,589
22 fivevsone 150,500
23 LIH 144,172
24 mike2003242 143,006
25 United747 140,000 165,000
26 Dublin_rfk 132,252 167,750
27 Acastus 131,319
28 saccoNY 128,512
29 LimeySD 125,000
30 MCLC 116,248 143,104
31 marquiss22 106,842
32 usbusinesstraveller 106,791 109,098
33 margarita girl 100,523
34 raehl311 100,227

Double Looper! >50K
35 StuckinITH 97,890
36 02BNFR 93,764
37 rowenb 92,955
38 GW 90,555
39 deek 82,834
40 PsiFighter37 79,207
41 RobotDoctor 78,162
42 Boraxo 75,270
43 twebst 73,382
44 JWWI 72,330
45 bloodyeyeballs 70,809
46 Repooc17 64,845
47 big V 63,278 93,278
48 2stepbay 56,354
49 marubill 56,184
50 qfrodo 53,930
51 Santander 50,280 83,691

Circumnavigator >25K miles
52 findark 48,938
53 gayste 43,269
54 wt_fresca 27,983
55 sexykitten7 25,810

Suborbital Cruiser <25K miles
56 Ocn Vw 1K 18,409
57 halls120 11,724
58 mahasamatman 2,946

Last edited by BldgEnergySaver; Jan 5, 19 at 9:54 pm Reason: Added More Rankings
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Old Dec 26, 18, 5:02 pm
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2018 bis= 143,006
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Old Dec 26, 18, 5:17 pm
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Join Date: Aug 2017
Programs: AS MVPG, Hertz PC, Hilton Diamond, Marriott Platinum, Delta/United Gold
Posts: 3,086
UA metal only BIS for 2018: 64,845

Overall BIS for 2018: 200,081
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Old Dec 26, 18, 5:26 pm
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Programs: DREAD Gold; UA 1.021MM; Bonvoy Au-197; PCC Elite+; CWC Au-197; CCC Elite*; WoH Dis
Posts: 49,781
UA BiS 2,946

Highest total since 2015. Still haven't managed to hit the magic zero.

Last edited by mahasamatman; Dec 26, 18 at 5:32 pm
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Old Dec 26, 18, 5:31 pm
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Isn't there any way to just get the number from United? After all, they add it to your Lifetime Miles every year?
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Old Dec 26, 18, 5:39 pm
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32 domestic RTs, 78,162 BIS.
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Old Dec 26, 18, 7:32 pm
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Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: BOS<>NYC<>BKK
Programs: UA 4.1MM LT-GS; AA1MM; Amtrak S+; MAR LT TITAN; PC Plat; HIL DIA; HYA GLOB
Posts: 3,882
2018 bis 310,700
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Old Dec 26, 18, 7:44 pm
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Programs: HH Diamond, Marriott LTPP/Platinum Premier, Hyatt Lame-ist, UA !K
Posts: 4,380
2018 UA BIS Miles: 152,589.

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Old Dec 26, 18, 7:51 pm
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Join Date: Jun 2004
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Programs: UA 1K, HH Diamond, MR Plat CP Diamond, IHG Plat, National EE
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2018 United BIS

106,842
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Old Dec 26, 18, 8:15 pm
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Originally Posted by mmack View Post
Isn't there any way to just get the number from United? After all, they add it to your Lifetime Miles every year?
No, it just accumulates over the year. For whatever reason they don't provide it . The simplest approach is to record the lifetime number at the end of each year (or participate in the Lifetime BIS ranking each year) and then subtract the previous end of year number from the value at the end of the current year.
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Old Dec 26, 18, 8:17 pm
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Join Date: May 2002
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173K United BIS
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Old Dec 26, 18, 10:39 pm
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Bis 150500
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Old Dec 26, 18, 11:10 pm
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2018 BIS on UA: 233,866
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Old Dec 27, 18, 12:07 am
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365,802 BIS on UA in 2018.

Last edited by Kitto; Dec 30, 18 at 6:17 am Reason: final trip
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Old Dec 27, 18, 1:33 am
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11,724 BIS on UA in 2018. Lowest total since 1998, and I had more segments on *A than on UA metal.
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