Change term "1K" to something else?

Old Jan 11, 20, 10:35 am
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Change term "1K" to something else?

I know this might be sacrilege to some former suUA members, but "1K" is uniquely goofy among airline tier terminology. Not only that, "1K" announced at boarding gates is often taken as the signal for BG1 to surge forward. I'm vaguely aware of its origin as something that would fit in a two-character data field - I think UA could move on from that.

I originally thought "Titanium" might be an idea. I dwelled on it further and decided it wouldn't be a good idea. If "Platinum" gets shortened to "Plat", one can imagine how "Titanium" would be shortened.

I looked up precious metals. Platinum and Rhodium seem to battle for most valuable metal, but "Rhodium" I wouldn't think evokes a sense of value to the average ear.

That leaves Diamond.

I know nothing will change (Kirby would look at cost of changing signs/literature/web/app), but just thinking random thoughts this morning w/ first cuppa...
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Old Jan 11, 20, 10:41 am
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Not only is 1k uniquely goofy, itís also now redundant. Perhaps it should 24k? That would then discourage them from increasing the spend further as they would need to redo the signs yet again.
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Old Jan 11, 20, 11:21 am
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Originally Posted by IAH-OIL-TRASH View Post
I originally thought "Titanium" might be an idea. I dwelled on it further and decided it wouldn't be a good idea. If "Platinum" gets shortened to "Plat", one can imagine how "Titanium" would be shortened.
Better than Uranium...
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Old Jan 11, 20, 11:24 am
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I think it's a nice nod to the past (if that's what we can call legacy technological limitations). I do agree, though, that it's a meaningless designation given MP is fully based on spending and not mileage flown.
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Old Jan 11, 20, 11:36 am
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Marriott Bonvoy has TITANIUM as it's upper tier. Indeed, I'm a Lifetime TIT.

United seems to like the "Plus" moniker. How about "UniPlus"?
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Old Jan 11, 20, 11:41 am
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After the merge my first question upon entering UA’s system was WHY is it called 1K? Doesn’t that mean one thousand?
8 years later and I still don’t know the answer. It’s always been stupid.
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Old Jan 11, 20, 11:47 am
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Originally Posted by chavala View Post
After the merge my first question upon entering UAís system was WHY is it called 1K? Doesnít that mean one thousand?
8 years later and I still donít know the answer. Itís always been stupid.
Each status had a 2 digit internal code
2P - Premier
1P - Premier Exec
1K - 100K Flyer
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Old Jan 11, 20, 11:54 am
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Originally Posted by lhrsfo View Post
Not only is 1k uniquely goofy, itís also now redundant. Perhaps it should 24k? That would then discourage them from increasing the spend further as they would need to redo the signs yet again.
I think they should just replace the signs with boarding songs.

No need to announce GS, just play this:



Basic economy? Here you go.

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Old Jan 11, 20, 11:57 am
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Originally Posted by Eastbay1K View Post
Each status had a 2 digit internal code
2P - Premier
1P - Premier Exec
1K - 100K Flyer
You forgot the short-lived 3P - Premier Associate.

They could keep raising the conditions and make it Unobtainium.
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Old Jan 11, 20, 12:09 pm
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Originally Posted by IAH-OIL-TRASH View Post
I know nothing will change (Kirby would look at cost of changing signs/literature/web/app), but just thinking random thoughts this morning w/ first cuppa...
Please have another cup of coffee.
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Old Jan 11, 20, 12:11 pm
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Originally Posted by mahasamatman View Post
You forgot the short-lived 3P - Premier Associate.

They could keep raising the conditions and make it Unobtainium.
Not forgotten. Intentionally omitted!
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Old Jan 11, 20, 12:26 pm
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Originally Posted by mahasamatman View Post
You forgot the short-lived 3P - Premier Associate.

They could keep raising the conditions and make it Unobtainium.
or just stick with the Ps

IP
UP
WeP
Ya'llP for elite members in the South
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Old Jan 11, 20, 12:56 pm
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Originally Posted by Eastbay1K View Post
Each status had a 2 digit internal code
2P - Premier
1P - Premier Exec
1K - 100K Flyer
And they're 2 digit codes due to a limit of the old computer system used. Obviously no longer an issue but agree it's kind of quirky and everybody understands.

Certainly better than the naming convention Hyatt switched to a few years back (even though I still love them!).
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Old Jan 11, 20, 12:59 pm
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Originally Posted by mahasamatman View Post
You forgot the short-lived 3P - Premier Associate.

They could keep raising the conditions and make it Unobtainium.

Too late, DL already got there first

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Old Jan 11, 20, 1:03 pm
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Originally Posted by wxguy View Post
United seems to like the "Plus" moniker. How about "UniPlus"?
UniPlus sounds like a Japanese clothing brand. Perhaps "Greater Fool", abbreviated to GF.
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