United Airline MileagePlus?

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    May 08, 2012 9:16 PM GMT
    So I am headed off to college in the windy city and since United Airlines is headquartered there I will be using that airline traveling home and back, and maybe additional trips.

    My mom is going to get me the United Airlines credit card in replace of my other (bye bye Delta credit card :cryicon_smile.gif. I will be using this card to pay for my flights and certain necessities (supplies, clothes, and things I need for my dorm). We want to get the free baggage and rack up points to use for future flights.

    Who here is familiar with United's program and can you share your story with the program and if the perks are good? Thanks icon_lol.gif
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    May 10, 2012 9:05 PM GMT
    I've had pretty good luck with UA's mileage program. UA will let you do "miles plus money" which lets you pay for part of the ticket with miles and the rest in $$. I got my flight SYR- HNL for October almost 1/2 price this way. I've even won miles from them in various contests. You can also earn extra miles by shopping online through UA. The only drawback is that you'll get 5 or 6 emails a week from them with various offers.
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    May 10, 2012 9:07 PM GMT
    American Airlines also have a decent amount of flights from Chicago too.
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    May 10, 2012 9:09 PM GMT
    It's the only mileage program I've ever had so only limited knowledge but I've been happy with it. I've gotten free tickets using mileage and that was easy to do. They also upgrade me pretty frequently without my asking. It's always nice to check-in and find you've been bumped up to first class. I'm Premier Gold or whatever they call it now. It all changed this year. I also like not paying for bags and getting to sit in bulkheads with more leg room without having to pay more.
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    May 10, 2012 9:21 PM GMT
    I had great luck with United Mileage Plus and redeemed my miles for air travel twice. When you have the credit card, the miles do rack up fast.

    With their network being pretty vast, I would stick with United as they are one of the major carriers out of ORD (Chicago O'Hare) and you'll get tons of nonstop flight offerings.

    Good choice! Stick with 'em!
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    May 10, 2012 9:21 PM GMT
    I had the Continental program which is now the United Program. The Continental program was great, but as far as I know United's is good to. I just paid $200 and miles for a European vacation starting in Barca and heading out of Paris, they have good options it seems.
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    May 10, 2012 9:41 PM GMT
    Great! I'm glad to hear good reviews. I have been flying Delta my whole life and I am familiar with their program <- (great upgrade benefits). My mom is weary about United because she has had bad experiences with it in the past.

    With AA, I'm worried about the future of it due to the bankruptcy and possible merger with USAir. I hate USAir, terrible airline. Usually when two airlines merge, the beginning years are dreadful and I'd rather go with United since they are getting accustomed to the change and besides for some reason AA prices are higher than United's tickets icon_question.gif
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    May 10, 2012 9:54 PM GMT
    I've had nothing but great service with UA. I only fly a couple of times a year and United has the best schedules out of SYR. Sometimes I'll take Delta but only if the price is really good- on Delta I have to go through either JFK(yuck) or ATL to head west. On UA I can go through ORD, IAD, or CLE.
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    May 10, 2012 10:05 PM GMT
    I used them quite a bit 2 years ago when I was flying to the UK often for a project, great service. I got upgraded to First Class several times. I also got quickly started to rack point from the credit card, but also the Mileage Plus membership program. I eventually got to Premier Platinum Status, which allows you to use their Star Alliance Lounge which was pretty good, in view of the complimentary food as well as a shower facilities especially in Heathrow.

    I also redeemed some of the mileage points through their vacation packages and was able to go to Kauai for two weeks everything paid with the points (tickets and rental car) with the exception of the hotel, but it was great.
  • Kwokpot

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    May 10, 2012 10:50 PM GMT
    IMO United/Continentals FF Programs is FAR, FAR superior to Delta's, requiring alot fewer miles to get free flights.
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    May 10, 2012 11:06 PM GMT
    Not generally a United fan, though I fly a lot of it, and for the record I think ORD is the worst airport in the developed world (and even worst among many developing ones) and I've been to some pretty bad ones, but have a look here -

    http://www.webflyer.com/programs/head2head/usat_index.php

    Also here: http://frequent-flyer.findthebest.com/

    This is a review of the United Mileage Plus Explorer Card: http://www.dailymarkets.com/creditcards/united-credit-card/ ($95/year first year is free - I don't vouch for this review, I just did a quick google and I am assuming they will make money off of you if you click to sign up through their links).

    I'm also on Star Alliance (Air Canada) and United's network is probably one of the best now that they've swallowed Continental. But it also depends on how much you'll be flying and how much you value your conveniences. From what I've seen, United is pretty good at offering upgrades and also reward redemption flights. Given that I do travel enough, the conveniences I value are priority check-in, priority luggage, and lounge access - which you generally get entirely with the $95/year card - so you just have to decide if it's worth $95 to you.
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    May 16, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
    Delta GM here based out of Chicago. Also a student. Keep your Delta credit card.

    Here's my opinion. Yes, you have to do 1 stop, but you can fly out of Midway! American and United do not fly out of Midway. Midway is an amazing airport to go out of instead of Ohare. If prices are getting really high, you can search on Delta flying out of both Midway and Ohare.

    Also, as a GM there is little competition in Chicago so I get the upgrade about 80-90% of the time out of Chicago. I have friends in United and American that are 1K on united and do not have that type of record.

    Anyway, Delta's been really really good to me here in Chicago.
  • hotelbistud

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    May 16, 2012 12:07 AM GMT
    are you kidding?!? forget united??!? southwest airlines in and out Midway. No fees and free bags. best rewards program in the industry.....and its midway! get the southwest airlines card.. u get two free tickets and fastest way to free tickets. use it for your books, tuition, everything!