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In United, We Trust - Most Common UA Mistruths

In United, We Trust - Most Common UA Mistruths

 
Old Jan 15, 09, 3:18 pm
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Originally Posted by sfpaul900 View Post
From the pilot:
'If we can do anything to make your flight more enjoyable, don't hesitate to ask'

Me: Uh, free drinks, free upgrade, a bag of pretzels?????
Those aren't really under the pilot's direct control, but one thing most certainly is: Channel 9.
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Old Jan 15, 09, 4:20 pm
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Originally Posted by kokonutz View Post
Tell that to the pilot of US1549!
Seems that I mentioned something about that in post #90 on Tuesday!
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Old Jan 15, 09, 4:30 pm
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Originally Posted by dimramon View Post
"FA's are here primarily for your safety...",
There are a lot of people who are grateful for that today. ^
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Old Jan 15, 09, 4:53 pm
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"Don't worry. They know we are coming in late and they'll notify your connection to wait a few minutes." Maybe that was policy years ago?

"We are just waiting for some paperwork and will be underway in 10 minutes." I never know what to expect when hearing this announcement except for the certainty we won't be underway in 10 minutes.
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Old Jan 15, 09, 5:19 pm
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Originally Posted by cblaisd View Post
There are a lot of people who are grateful for that today. ^
My thoughts exactly!
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Old Jan 15, 09, 7:01 pm
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Originally Posted by FCfree View Post
Other myths:

1. That E+ with a full row of people is more comfortable than Southwest E with an open middle.

2. That 2P status will get you up into first class at little or no cost more than once in a great while. (After getting 2P status, you have to fly another 10,000 BIS miles to get four 500-mile upgrade coupons. Compare to CO, where Silver status is unlimited free upgrades, space available).

3. That assigned seating will somehow get you an open middle seat more often.

4. That, as a 2P, you have a shot at an exit row.

5. That, as a 2P, a 25% mileage bonus will result in a free ticket with fewer BIS miles than 16 segments at Southwest (this may vary depending on the length of your flights).

6. That TED is dead. Some aircraft have been repainted but they still have the TED seating, TED printed on the bulkheads and they still use the TED video.

7. That Channel 9 will be available on every flight.

8. That the in-flight audio system will have music you actually like.

9. That, as a dirt status member, it is worth $39 to upgrade to E+.

10. That as a dirt status member, it is worth $150 or more to upgrade to F for a 2 hour flight.

11. That, as a 2P, the cost to upgrade to F is worth it.

12. That the process of buying 500-mile upgrades, but having to use, for example, two 500-mile coupons to upgrade a 770 mile flight is somehow fair. Why can't it be 100-mile upgrade coupons (at 1/5 the cost of a 500-mile coupon), then use 8 coupons for a 770 mile flight? Why can't we get rid of coupons all together and upgrade at a "cost per mile" rate of say 10 cents per mile?

13. That United's international service in business or first class is as good as other international carriers.

14. That with oil at $40 per barrel, the bag fees are still needed.

15. That there should be change fees.
Did UA or any UA employees actually made all these public statements in print, ad, on-board?

This post is seriously misleading!
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Old Jan 15, 09, 7:15 pm
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"We can't ... <fill in the blank> ... "

Yes, you can! You just simply won't.
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Old Jan 15, 09, 7:30 pm
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Originally Posted by kokonutz View Post
Tell that to the pilot of US1549!

As Adam, Jamie and Kari would say, Overwater Landing? Myth: CONFIRMED.
Yeah, sometimes the textbook maneuver actually works. That plane even stayed afloat!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090116/...ash_newyork2_9

Originally Posted by UA_Flyer View Post
Did UA or any UA employees actually made all these public statements in print, ad, on-board?

This post is seriously misleading!
For most of them, no. The poster just called them UA myths because he personally believed them (about UA), for whatever reason, at some point or another. "Myth" isn't really an accurate word for that.

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Old Jan 15, 09, 7:56 pm
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Originally Posted by Starman View Post
How about "the weather at our destination is reporting a few showers in the area". Have you ever heard precip described from the cockpit any other way than "a few showers in the area", as opposed to, for example, "heavy rain"?
Not sure about "heavy rain", but definitely thunderstorms and heavy fog (flying between SFO and TX)
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Old Jan 15, 09, 8:52 pm
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Originally Posted by kevinsac View Post
"We can't ... <fill in the blank> ... "
Yes, you can! You just simply won't.
My favorite flat-out lie this week is "I can't see the upgrade waitlist". Funny how the next agent I call has no problem at all...
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