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Age 17 And 34,416 MileagePlus Miles - What To Do?  
User currently offlineAlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 620 posts, RR: 1
Posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 5620 times:

I am looking for ideas on what to redeem some frequent flyer miles for!

I am 17 years old and have been saving up MileagePlus miles, probably ever since I opened the account. Sadly, I no longer respect UA, so time to cash them in.

My fantasy world has me using them for a vacation to Hawaii (or similar) and staying at some nice resort. But that is never going to happen and is obviously way out of my price range. So, here are some ideas that I came up with, in no particular order:

1. Save them for when I'm 18/21/25 and can take a real vacation.
2. Fly somewhere in the US in First Class.
3. Go on a "mileage run" - fly somewhere just for the hell of it, spend a few hours there, then turn around and fly home (or similar).

UA tells me that I have 18 months to redeem them, unless I make another mileage transaction during that time. Not sure if that will happen.

So... What do you think? I would be most interested in hearing from folks my age, but any feedback would be most appreciated. Thanks!  

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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7851 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 5582 times:

Quoting AlnessW (Thread starter):

1. Save them for when I'm 18/21/25 and can take a real vacation.
2. Fly somewhere in the US in First Class.
3. Go on a "mileage run" - fly somewhere just for the hell of it, spend a few hours there, then turn around and fly home (or similar).

Well Actually, you know what, I've done all 3.
1) when I was 19 used miles to fly to my home. Not really a vacation but it was getting back to visit my family in Ohio.
2) I had to use miles again to fly back to PHX in first class because for some reason I couldn't redeem them to fly direct in economy (this is on DL but I hear it's similar on most flights)
3) Did that when I flew to NYC   


Either way, do what your heart tells you to do.

Quoting AlnessW (Thread starter):
UA tells me that I have 18 months to redeem them, unless I make another mileage transaction during that time. Not sure if that will happen.

When do you turn 18? If you turn 18 before the 18 months (stupid question I asked) and you have ample amount of time, just fly somewhere crazy with your miles. Go to Key West and go deep sea fishing, go to Santa Monica and meet some women, Go to PHX and hang out with me greeting people in Terminal 4 (   ) go find Superfly somewhere in Thailand and get educated in the art of women,

Just do something fun. UA owes it to you, so just take advantage of it 



我思うゆえに我あり。(Jap. 'I think, therefore I am.')
User currently offline02hilliert From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2007, 518 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 5498 times:

If it were me, i'd travel to a ball game somewhere, or follow whichever sports team you might be interested in??

Or, there are some great cities in the US to go and visit... I would just get out there and visit something that strikes a chord with your interests. Perhaps visit the Airline History Museum in Kansas City (went last week, and it's awesome) or to the amazing Air & Space Museum at IAD? SO much to do in Washington, that would be a great trip if you haven't been.

Whatever it is, do something you can get genuinly excited about. If you can't get excited about it, don't bother, clearly you can make better use of those miles.



Next Up: Back to the US - Charlotte & Kansas City
User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3018 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5415 times:

Quoting AlnessW (Thread starter):

UA tells me that I have 18 months to redeem them, unless I make another mileage transaction during that time.

Can you make a paid-for booking in, say, 15 months time for the cheapest fare from your local airport? Then you will extend their life.

Otherwise, spend them on something on your bucket list   Hotels tend to be poor value for mile spending, perhaps best is an upgrade or business class ticket to start with. You might be able to get a long haul business ticket if there are any "discounted" offers.

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineRoseflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9690 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5350 times:

34,000 miles is only enough for a domestic economy round trip ticket. That’s if you can find one that suits your travel needs. If you plan on earning more miles you can use them for first class or Hawaii if you get to 40,000 or 50,000.

Quoting AlnessW (Thread starter):

UA tells me that I have 18 months to redeem them, unless I make another mileage transaction during that time. Not sure if that will happen.

All you need to do is buy something through the mileage plus mall online to extend that 18 month window. It’s pretty easy since you can buy a $10 book online with free shipping to renew your miles.



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User currently offlinePI4EVER From United States of America, joined May 2009, 693 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5331 times:
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Wilson,
You'll likely not be interested in my old age (I could be your Great Grandfather!) suggestion, but I draw upon 40 years of experience in the airline and travel industry, and 1 Million + miles riding airplanes so far in my lifetime. So listen up kid.
Instead of taking that 17 year old cocky "I have no respect for UA" attitude, take a different approach and look at how to enhance your investment in UA as of this point. You certainly don't want to forfeit those 34K+ miles so build upon them to make that "dream vacation" or First Class trip a reality. Find any and every opportunity to build miles in your MileagePlus Account until you get what you want. Make the program work for YOU and encourage your family to participate as well. You live out West. Buy a sale/cheap ticket to SEA for a fun day trip getaway to keep your account active without blowing your budget....whatever it is. Keep the account active and over time you can make that "dream vacation" a reality to celebrate something you've rightly earned.
At 17 you're too young to adopt this "no respect" attitude. Don't forget that there are many fine people at the new UA working hard to make this merger and airline work, and don't lose sight of the fact that they've all worked hard to get and keep a job you might covet.
Decide right now you're going to make UA reward your loyalty by building your account to make that "dream" a distant reality......and along the way you'll experience less than stellar service, delayed flights, grumpy employees, bumpy flights but a sense you set a goal and accomplished it.........maybe a First Class roundtrip to HNL to celebrate a graduation or marriage or getaway with a good friend.
UA will continue to fly with or without your "respect" and MILLIONS of people will chose to fly UA. UA won't lose any sleep over a 17 year old with an attitude in Oregon who doesn't want to fly them. Don't shoot yourself in the foot....make those miles work for YOU.
You have years to invest in UA to get better, and to enjoy the rewards. Don't be so quick to lose sight of what will be the biggest benefit and reward to Wilson.
Good Luck Kiddo, (is that still a hip term I can use?)
Thomas   
P.S. We already know your opinion about WN, so for now stick with UA!



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User currently offlineAlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5258 times:

Excellent feedback everyone, you all have some great ideas!   

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 1):
Well Actually, you know what, I've done all 3.
Quoting PHX787 (Reply 1):
Either way, do what your heart tells you to do.

Thanks for the input!

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 1):
When do you turn 18?

Late March of next year. (2013)

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 1):
If you turn 18 before the 18 months (stupid question I asked) and you have ample amount of time, just fly somewhere crazy with your miles. Go to Key West and go deep sea fishing, go to Santa Monica and meet some women, Go to PHX and hang out with me greeting people in Terminal 4 ( ) go find Superfly somewhere in Thailand and get educated in the art of women,

Just do something fun. UA owes it to you, so just take advantage of it

All good ideas, thanks PHX787!

Quoting 02hilliert (Reply 2):
If it were me, i'd travel to a ball game somewhere, or follow whichever sports team you might be interested in??

Not much of a sports person myself, but a good idea no less.

Quoting 02hilliert (Reply 2):
Or, there are some great cities in the US to go and visit... I would just get out there and visit something that strikes a chord with your interests. Perhaps visit the Airline History Museum in Kansas City (went last week, and it's awesome) or to the amazing Air & Space Museum at IAD? SO much to do in Washington, that would be a great trip if you haven't been.

Awesome, thanks. I have been to DC before, though it was a long time ago and I was still pretty young (9? 10?) so my "energy" wasn't quite as high...

Quoting 02hilliert (Reply 2):
Whatever it is, do something you can get genuinly excited about. If you can't get excited about it, don't bother, clearly you can make better use of those miles.

   What you say is true!

Quoting signol (Reply 3):
Can you make a paid-for booking in, say, 15 months time for the cheapest fare from your local airport? Then you will extend their life.

Cool, thanks.

Quoting signol (Reply 3):
Otherwise, spend them on something on your bucket list Hotels tend to be poor value for mile spending, perhaps best is an upgrade or business class ticket to start with. You might be able to get a long haul business ticket if there are any "discounted" offers.

Good thoughts, thanks signol.

Quoting Roseflyer (Reply 4):
34,000 miles is only enough for a domestic economy round trip ticket.

   However, the website does allow me to buy additional miles to "buy up" to the reward I need.

Quoting Roseflyer (Reply 4):
That’s if you can find one that suits your travel needs.

Which can be tricky.

Quoting Roseflyer (Reply 4):
If you plan on earning more miles you can use them for first class or Hawaii if you get to 40,000 or 50,000.

Thanks for the clarification.

Quoting Roseflyer (Reply 4):
All you need to do is buy something through the mileage plus mall online to extend that 18 month window. It’s pretty easy since you can buy a $10 book online with free shipping to renew your miles.

Seriously? That's good to know.

Quoting PI4EVER (Reply 5):
You'll likely not be interested in my old age (I could be your Great Grandfather!) suggestion, but I draw upon 40 years of experience in the airline and travel industry, and 1 Million + miles riding airplanes so far in my lifetime. So listen up kid.

Thanks for a great post and sharing your opinion. I appreciate it. It sounds as though you (used to?) work for an airline, or something in that department?

Quoting PI4EVER (Reply 5):
Instead of taking that 17 year old cocky "I have no respect for UA" attitude, take a different approach and look at how to enhance your investment in UA as of this point. You certainly don't want to forfeit those 34K+ miles so build upon them to make that "dream vacation" or First Class trip a reality.

You are correct there as well, and yes, that is the perspective I am (trying) to get here.

Quoting PI4EVER (Reply 5):
Find any and every opportunity to build miles in your MileagePlus Account until you get what you want. Make the program work for YOU and encourage your family to participate as well.

I could always get the credit card next year!  
Quoting PI4EVER (Reply 5):
You live out West. Buy a sale/cheap ticket to SEA for a fun day trip getaway to keep your account active without blowing your budget....whatever it is. Keep the account active and over time you can make that "dream vacation" a reality to celebrate something you've rightly earned.

All good ideas.

Quoting PI4EVER (Reply 5):
At 17 you're too young to adopt this "no respect" attitude. Don't forget that there are many fine people at the new UA working hard to make this merger and airline work, and don't lose sight of the fact that they've all worked hard to get and keep a job you might covet.

Yes, though I am usually not one to appreciate airline mergers, you are correct there as well.

Quoting PI4EVER (Reply 5):
Decide right now you're going to make UA reward your loyalty by building your account to make that "dream" a distant reality......and along the way you'll experience less than stellar service, delayed flights, grumpy employees, bumpy flights but a sense you set a goal and accomplished it.........

A good plan indeed.

Quoting PI4EVER (Reply 5):
maybe a First Class roundtrip to HNL to celebrate a graduation or marriage or getaway with a good friend.

Now we're talking!   

Quoting PI4EVER (Reply 5):
UA will continue to fly with or without your "respect" and MILLIONS of people will chose to fly UA. UA won't lose any sleep over a 17 year old with an attitude in Oregon who doesn't want to fly them. Don't shoot yourself in the foot....make those miles work for YOU.

Absolutely. You think I don't feel unimportant as it is?   

Quoting PI4EVER (Reply 5):
Good Luck Kiddo, (is that still a hip term I can use?)

Thanks again Thomas, you make some great points in your post.

Quoting PI4EVER (Reply 5):
P.S. We already know your opinion about WN, so for now stick with UA!

Yeah, I know!  


User currently offlinesocaldl From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5248 times:

Theres nothing like being spontaneous!

Could you use the miles to get to a dream concert in a city you really want to visit?

Is there a city itself you've always wanted to see?

Any particular aircraft you've never had the chance to be on?

The possibilities are endless!


User currently offlineual757 From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 806 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5238 times:

Quoting AlnessW (Thread starter):
3. Go on a "mileage run" - fly somewhere just for the hell of it, spend a few hours there, then turn around and fly home (or similar).

For future reference, it's not a mileage run if you're burning miles to go there. The point of a mileage run is to earn redeemable miles/elite qualifying miles.

 


User currently offlineRoseflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9690 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (2 years 5 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5159 times:

Quoting AlnessW (Reply 6):
Quoting Roseflyer (Reply 4):
All you need to do is buy something through the mileage plus mall online to extend that 18 month window. It’s pretty easy since you can buy a $10 book online with free shipping to renew your miles.

Seriously? That's good to know.

It can take up to 10 weeks to credit miles from a Mileage Plus mall/online purchase, so don’t wait until the last minute, but it is an easy way to extend your miles.

Also if you ever do purchase things online, it is a good way to earn miles since they actually have quite a few retailers online that credit miles. There's tons of ways to get them other than flying and the credit card!



If you have never designed an airplane part before, let the real designers do the work!
User currently offlineAlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (2 years 5 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5144 times:

Quoting socaldl (Reply 7):
Could you use the miles to get to a dream concert in a city you really want to visit?

Is there a city itself you've always wanted to see?

Any particular aircraft you've never had the chance to be on?

The possibilities are endless!

Absolutely! Thanks for the advice.

Quoting ual757 (Reply 8):
For future reference, it's not a mileage run if you're burning miles to go there. The point of a mileage run is to earn redeemable miles/elite qualifying miles.

Oops! My mistake. Thanks for the correction.

Quoting Roseflyer (Reply 9):

Thanks for the info.


User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7851 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (2 years 5 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 5010 times:

Quoting AlnessW (Reply 6):
All good ideas, thanks PHX787!

   no problem! if you're ever in PHX after you turn 21, let me know, and I'll take you to a bar with my buddies 



我思うゆえに我あり。(Jap. 'I think, therefore I am.')
User currently offlineAlnessW From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4946 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 11):
if you're ever in PHX after you turn 21, let me know, and I'll take you to a bar with my buddies

Hey, thanks man!   That would be awesome. I'll get back to you...


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