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UAL Starts Full Service Cruise WEB Site  
User currently offlineUNDAEROSPACE From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 107 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2359 times:

United Airlines Launches Full-Service Cruise Website
Thursday July 15, 12:00 pm ET
Airline Industry's First Cruise Rewards Program Now Offers Online Packages, New Mileage Plus(R) Opportunities, and Low Prices from More than 20 Cruise Operators
2,500 Miles Online Booking Bonus Offered Through August

CHICAGO, July 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- United (OTC Bulletin Board: UALAQ - News) today launched its new cruise website, united.com/cruises, where visitors can purchase cruise packages from more than 20 different cruise operators, and earn and redeem United Mileage Plus miles for cruises. United is the only major airline to offer its frequent fliers the opportunity to both earn and redeem miles for cruises.
"Since we became the first airline to launch our own cruise program, we have made the process of booking a cruise as seamless as possible for our customers," said Scott Garner, managing director - Travel Products, United. "With more cruise selections than any other airline website, united.com offers cruise packages that fit the needs of travelers, at the most competitive rates plus the added-value of earning Mileage Plus miles for every cruise purchased."

More than 20 different cruise lines, representing nearly all North American cruises, are affiliated with United Cruises, including Norwegian Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean, Disney, Carnival, and Radisson Seven Seas.

Travelers can book a cruise by going to http://www.united.com/cruises , or by dialing toll-free, 1-888-UAL-2-SEA.

Mileage Plus members can redeem miles for a cruise or use a combination of cash and a minimum of 10,000 miles to purchase their cruise. United's Mileage Plus members will also earn one mile for every dollar spent on cruises at united.com, including purchases for shore excursions and other expenditures. To enroll in Mileage Plus, visit http://www.united.com/mileageplus .

United.com is offering 2,500 bonus miles for Mileage Plus members who book online until August 31, 2004. After August, Mileage Plus members will earn 1,000 bonus miles when they book their cruise through united.com.

About United

United, United Express and Ted operate more than 3,500 flights a day on a route network that spans the globe. News releases and other information about United can be found at the company's web site at http://www.united.com .

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What are your opinions on this move?

Forgive me if this has been posted before

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User currently offlineUNDAEROSPACE From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 107 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2337 times:

Anybody want to speculate why UAL did this.

User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2315 times:

Why did they start this? To copy Frontier's already popular and successful cruise booking site I would imagine. Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery as we all know.  Smile

User currently offlineSegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2295 times:

United can't make money flying planes, so its going to try to make money selling cruises !

User currently offlineTOLtommy From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3501 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2289 times:

Everything old is new again. What's the website address? www.allegis.com?  Nuts

I agree, United ought to focus on what they say they do best! And selling cruises ain't it!

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