travellin'man
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United FF Mile Accrual Question

Thu Nov 02, 2006 6:23 am

I have a question on how ff miles are accrued in a certain situation, and, given that United bounced me back and forth between agents and mileage plus folks inconclusively, I thought I might ask here, where I love the fact that many people often know a lot about any given thing.

I am flying in December from LAX to AMS on I think UAL 946. It is NOT a non-stop, as there is a change of plane in Dulles. I return on the same route, from AMS to Dulles and then Dulles to LAX, but on different flight numbers.

Here is the particularity. It says on my ticket that I will accrue 5579 ff miles on the way out, but a total of 6155 on the way back, even though I am flying the same route both ways, ie via Dulles.

Is this a computer glitsch, ie because of the one flight number for LAX-AMS, the computer thinks that I am flying non-stop? Will this correct itself when I actually fly?

The reason I ask is that it seems to me that I should be credited 6155 miles both ways, which is in turn important, because those 500ish extra miles would get me over the 50K flown miles mark for the year, and I may not be flying again in '06 after this trip; I sure would hate to miss Premier Executive by only 240 miles!

Any advice? Thanks in advance!
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Lufthansa747
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RE: United FF Mile Accrual Question

Thu Nov 02, 2006 6:25 am

Single flight number=nonstop mileage only.
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travellin'man
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RE: United FF Mile Accrual Question

Thu Nov 02, 2006 6:43 am

Thanks for that.

I had one more question that I forgot to include in my original post. Once you achieve Premier status, do you continue to accrue elite qualifying miles only on the basis of actual miles flown, or also on the basis of bonus miles accredited for being Premier?
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johnclipper
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RE: United FF Mile Accrual Question

Thu Nov 02, 2006 7:03 am

Premier gets a 25% bonus. Premier Exec and 1K get 100% bonus.
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fbgdavidson
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RE: United FF Mile Accrual Question

Thu Nov 02, 2006 7:08 am

Quoting JohnClipper (Reply 3):
Premier gets a 25% bonus. Premier Exec and 1K get 100% bonus.

RDMs, yes.

I don't think any FFP using the miles system for elite qualification gives you bonus EQM when holding elite status. United included. Otherwise it'd be ridiculous easy to attain 1K.
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travellin'man
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RE: United FF Mile Accrual Question

Thu Nov 02, 2006 7:10 am

But are these bonus miles elite qualifying, or are they just a bonus accrual to the mileage total?
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roseflyer
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RE: United FF Mile Accrual Question

Thu Nov 02, 2006 7:15 am

Quoting Travellin'man (Reply 5):
But are these bonus miles elite qualifying, or are they just a bonus accrual to the mileage total?

They are not elite qualifying miles that you get the 25% or 100% bonus on. EQMs are exclusivly based on actual miles flown unless you pay the $499 fee to get them to count as double miles that UA tends to offer for the last few months of the calendar year.
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travellin'man
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RE: United FF Mile Accrual Question

Thu Nov 02, 2006 7:18 am

Thanks. That resolves it definitively, ie, I need to hop on a plane to Vegas to get those last few miles (cheaper than the $499!) for premier exec!
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RE: United FF Mile Accrual Question

Thu Nov 02, 2006 7:32 am

I flew UA from MCO-LAX with UA and it I got 2,300 miles one way and the other way was 2,150. 150 miles don't really matter but, should it be this way or...
 
Lufthansa747
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RE: United FF Mile Accrual Question

Thu Nov 02, 2006 7:39 am

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 4):
I don't think any FFP using the miles system for elite qualification gives you bonus EQM when holding elite status.

LH gives 25% status miles for FTL/SEN, 50% for HON.
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RE: United FF Mile Accrual Question

Thu Nov 02, 2006 8:28 am

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Reply 9):
LH gives 25% status miles for FTL/SEN, 50% for HON.

I didn't realise that and I'm an LH Senator myself  rotfl  Have been happily depositting miles into that account for the last couple of years and never noticed I was getting bonus status and award miles  Embarrassment
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RE: United FF Mile Accrual Question

Thu Nov 02, 2006 9:02 am

dont forget that sometimes airlines give out those extra 500/1000 miles when you checkin online or purchase through their website. youd have to check their current promotions. just to give you an example. I flew MKE-ORD-OKC back in september, and I got 2588 miles. (Im non elite or anything like that). using online checkin and I purchased my trip online i got extra 2500 miles (500 for purchase + 1000 for every time i checked in online). nearly doubled my net. This might be just the boost you will need.
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deltairlines
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RE: United FF Mile Accrual Question

Thu Nov 02, 2006 9:16 am

Quoting Concentriq (Reply 11):
dont forget that sometimes airlines give out those extra 500/1000 miles when you checkin online or purchase through their website. youd have to check their current promotions. just to give you an example. I flew MKE-ORD-OKC back in september, and I got 2588 miles. (Im non elite or anything like that). using online checkin and I purchased my trip online i got extra 2500 miles (500 for purchase + 1000 for every time i checked in online). nearly doubled my net. This might be just the boost you will need.

Those don't count toward Elite Qualifying Miles. You need to pretty much be flying to get those (some credit cards/hotels/car companies offer them on a limited basis, but that's it).
 
Floris
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RE: United FF Mile Accrual Question

Thu Nov 02, 2006 10:36 am

There is an easy work around, have your travel agent book it as two segments... In other words, make sure that LAX-IAD and IAD-AMS are listed separtely in your ticket. I've done that many times before  Smile

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