We all bash United Airlines from time to time, some more than others however; have you seen this?
Very interesting IAH.
Let's review where we find ourselves during the last 24-30 hours of 2015: We have been told that we are members of the best Hotel Loyalty Program available, and we complain. Additionally we have been made aware that the Airline Loyalty Program that we have become (or were already) members of is also the best. And, guess what, we complain.
I guess we should be thankful that our combination of programs isn't Hilton/American or Hyatt/Delta as we would probably be taking up arms!!!!!
All I know is that my million plus miles on Continental and now United has given my wife and I Gold Premier for life. And, my lifetime numbers with Marriott has given us Lifetime Platinum status.
To me it seems the loyalty programs we are involved in that rank high we should be happy for regardless of where your golf clubs ended up before being returned to you.
UA has been great to us other than my golf clubs venture (which is why I do not check luggage). They are getting much better with First Class food and being on time (knock on wood) and having them with a HUB at IAH all is usually good.
Best program as voted on by readers of Global Traveler. Okay. Makes me wonder if GT readers are clustered in a UA hub.
Seems to me AA won the best FF program in the Freddie Awards last year.
I always take these "best program" awards with a grain of salt. So many magazines, newspapers, and websites pick winners, that it's just a matter of finding the one that says what UA (or any airline for that matter) wants to hear.
With the new earning scheme, most of the FF programs have gotten worse for the casual flier. Perhaps given the choice of what's out there, UA does come out best. To paraphrase George Carlin, "if that's your best, maybe you better keep it."
Most of us are sophisticated travelers that take these "awards" anointing something the BEST with a "grain of salt".
The next time you are on a flight is consult the airline's magazine's advertising. If memory serves me the most recent American Airlines on board magazine has no less that three separate lists of the "Best Steak Houses" in the U.S. - I was laughing reading the lists as there wasn't one establishment that appeared on more than one list. I'm assuming the price paid to be on the one list was just too expensive to allow being on two or three.
Sorry IAHFLYR you are not permitted to give any answer to your own question, especially a "correct answer"
You are being fined t0 credits for this action!!
FWIW, I dont ue the UA program that Marriott makes available. I used to be a 100K flyer on UA but due to so many botched things at US (pre and post CO merger), I walked away, used up all my miles and adopted AA and haven't looked back. If Marriott and UA got a divorce, I would be popping the cork on the bottle of champagne. And the flood of UA flyers into the Exec Lounges is a raw deal for those of us loyal to Marriott.So all in, if some people think UA is a great program, more power to them, but I respectfully disagree. Just one Lifetime Plat Marriott opinion.
I also very much dislike this thing called Rewards Plus. That thing should never have been put together in the first place even though many on here have gotten a free checked bag and a few upgrades from UA. But giving a MileagePlus member Gold Marriott status just because they are Platinum or higher is wrong, wrong on every level.
To save time and space we all should stipulate to the following:
"It is possible to achieve very high status in all loyalty programs without providing the program with it's main purpose"
In other words, an individual, as an example, can achieve Plat status in MR with a credit card that purchases everything under the sun expect hotel rooms.
Well, I earned my own darn status with UA this year but UA still has a note on my MileagePlus account stating that my status will be renewed only if I qualify for MR Platinum under the RewardsPlus program. Uh, no. Not quite, UA. Having said that I did redeem FF miles for 4 people over Christmas on UA and was able to avoid paying exorbitant holiday fares, so that was a plus.
I would consider it a personal favor if you would refrain from using words like "darn"
misterchk, you know the Marriotts don't abide by no swearin' and cussin', nor drinkin' or gamblin'. Except if there is money to be made, thus the drinkin' and casinos allowed on various Marriott properties. Until they can find a way to profit from profanities, the censor's gonna have its way with us...