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Question About UA Mileage Plus  
User currently offlineMike89406 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1466 posts, RR: 3
Posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2665 times:

I'm flying RNO-SAN in 2 weeks work related stuff I'll obviously be flying UA as this is the carrier my job has a contract with for discounted fares (refundable). I'm also a Mileage Plus card member with UA and I will be doing my own itinerary online, and I will claim the mileage on this trip on my account.

When I pick my airplane reservations here's my two options .1st option is RNO-SFO I change planes then SFO-SAN. The Second option is RNO-DEN (with TED), change planes DEN-SAN (Regular UA). This is all on the regular UA website.

The obvious thing is the second option RNO-DEN, DEN-SAN is more miles in distance than RNO-SFO, SFO-SAN.

Here's my question....with the second option RNO-DEN (with TED) as one of the options will I get the same mileage points as I would with just regular UA on this segment? If so I would obviously book this flight as this is a better chance to increase my miles more. And if this is not the best option then I guess obviously RNO-SFO, SFO-SAN all UA flights.

So I guess what I am saying is should I book the first option or second option?

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User currently offline767noa From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2646 times:

I think that the millage points go by miles flown so you possibly will get a few extra miles via RNO-DEN, DEN-SAN. Correct me if I am wrong.


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User currently offlineORDZW From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 198 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2641 times:

If you are going for mileage, take the DEN connection. Ted is part of UA, so you will receive the full mileage amount.

Try to enjoy San Diego while you are not working!



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User currently offlineMike89406 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1466 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2612 times:

Quoting ORDZW (Reply 2):
If you are going for mileage, take the DEN connection. Ted is part of UA, so you will receive the full mileage amount.

My concern was would TED be counted as full UA mileage and not some restrictive mileage or not worth anything since TED is a no frills airline.

Try to enjoy San Diego while you are not working!

Yeah I might have a little time in the late afternoon or evening to do something or drive around. I like the Gaslamp Quarter and they have a nice Irish Pub/ Restraunt down there, or maybe I can catch a Padres game like I did last year.

Looking on the website RNO-SFO gets 192 miles, and 500 award miles SFO-SAN 447 miles, and 500 award miles.

RNO-DEN 804 miles, and 804 award miles. DEN-SAN 853 miles, and 853 award miles.


User currently offlineBoston92 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3390 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2597 times:

You would get an additional 600-700 miles going to DEN. After that, it is really all up to you...


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User currently offlineMike89406 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1466 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2571 times:

Quoting Boston92 (Reply 4):
You would get an additional 600-700 miles going to DEN. After that, it is really all up to you...

I do want the extra miles. From what I understand TED counts the same as UA regular miles that was my main concern,
I didn't want to take TED and it didn't count for anything.

Thanks

[Edited 2007-05-30 06:00:10]

User currently offlineChiGB1973 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1615 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2540 times:

Quoting Mike89406 (Reply 5):
I didn't want to take TED and it didn't count for anything

If you already have enough miles, they have E+ on TED. Unless you are booked in (or can upgrade to) business on UA, there won't be too much of a difference.

Does UA still give mileage bonuses for booking on-line and on-line check in? Look for the extra mileage offers throughout UA's web site. Sometimes you have to register to get extra miles. It can make a difference.

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User currently offlineMike89406 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1466 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2522 times:

Quoting ChiGB1973 (Reply 6):
Does UA still give mileage bonuses for booking on-line and on-line check in? Look for the extra mileage offers throughout UA's web site. Sometimes you have to register to get extra miles. It can make a difference

I'm already registered as Mileage Plus member of UA. I registered for Mileage Plus online originally from the get go but I have to book through a govenment website as they get a certain deals.

So basically I can just show them my FF card when i check in at the ticket counter and thats when I get credit for the mileage.

[Edited 2007-05-30 06:59:31]

User currently offlinePlanecrazy2 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 615 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2500 times:

Quoting ChiGB1973 (Reply 6):

Does UA still give mileage bonuses for booking on-line and on-line check in? Look for the extra mileage offers throughout UA's web site. Sometimes you have to register to get extra miles. It can make a difference.

The online bonus was reduced to 500 (250 one-way) starting Jan 1, the online check-in bonus has ended.



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User currently offlineGeorgebush From New Zealand, joined Jul 2006, 679 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2489 times:

Quoting ChiGB1973 (Reply 6):
Does UA still give mileage bonuses for booking on-line and on-line check in?

I believe you still get 1k bonus miles for booking online (non elite qualifying).

A little trick too.... (especially if you dont have bags) Book as many connections as possible. You get EQS (Elite Qualifying Segments for each leg of your trip. If you are coming from the East Coast try to go through ORD and DEN or ORD and LAX/SFO that way you will get an extra EQS. Those will help you become Premier and higher lots faster.



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User currently offline1011 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2399 times:

Quoting Georgebush (Reply 9):
A little trick too.... (especially if you dont have bags) Book as many connections as possible. You get EQS (Elite Qualifying Segments for each leg of your trip. If you are coming from the East Coast try to go through ORD and DEN or ORD and LAX/SFO that way you will get an extra EQS. Those will help you become Premier and higher lots faster.

I do this all the time. When I fly someplace I try to book 6 or more segments. Plus it gives me a chance to hang out in airports and try and get widebody domestic flights. UA has no widebody flights from SAN. I am Premier Exec by doing mulit changes of planes. The bad part is when the weather is bad you are kinda screwed. So make sure to have enough time to connect. You do pay a bit more for the extra flights but to me it is worth it.


User currently offlineCAETravlr From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 908 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2310 times:

Though this has been answered several times already, YES you get the same mileage credit for Ted flights that you do for UA mainline or Express flights. I have flown over 100K miles on UA this year, 99% of it between CAE and RNO. What I would do going out on Sunday nights, since it was quicker and straighter was fly CAE-IAD-DEN-RNO. Coming home, since I was usually taking a red eye on Thursday night, I would fly RNO-SFO-IAD-CAE. This gave me more time to sleep on the red eye and earned a lot of extra miles for me.

So yes, if you are all about the miles, and have the time, definitely go through DEN. I have a habit of taking the longest routing possible that doesn't jack up the fare to the point where my employer will be upset about paying for it.



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User currently offlineGeorgebush From New Zealand, joined Jul 2006, 679 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2266 times:

Quoting 1011 (Reply 10):
You do pay a bit more for the extra flights but to me it is worth it.

Occasionaly the extra flight is cheaper, but regular folks wont take it because of the "hassle".



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