21 years ago legendary Continental CEO Gordon Bethune wrote “From Worst to First” about how he turned Continental from the worst US airline into the best US airline. He took flak for calling United “HIV positive” when asked about merging with them and his hand picked successor, Larry Kellner, was forced out when he refused to merge with United. Jeff Smisek took over and merged Continental with United. … [Read more...] about Here’s How United Transformed Their Premium Club Card From Hero To Zero; The Worst Credit Card Devaluation Of All Time?
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A short-haul United domestic award under 700 miles in distance is just 10,000 miles. That’s more than the BA 7.5K short-haul, but availability is much better, it allows for a longer flight distance, and you are allowed to have connections for the same rate, something that BA doesn’t allow. … [Read more...] about Richest Signup Bonus Ever For The Chase United Club Card With Club Membership, 2 Free Checked Bags, And Waived Close-In Fees!
It’s not hard at all to get at least 1.8 cents value per mile (or much more than that), but at that rate it’s a 2.7% rebate on everything you buy. Considering you can pay your federal income taxes for a 1.88% fee, you will be able to load up on miles the next time you pay taxes and be excited about getting a discounted vacation out of it! It would come out to a cost of just 1.25 cents per United mile, which is an incredible bargain (A business class ticket to Europe is 100,000 miles with no fuel surcharges, so you would be paying just $1,250 for business to Europe or $1,500 for business to Israel or the Maldives), plus you may even be able to deduct the 1.88% fee! … [Read more...] about Should You Get A United Club Card?
AJK then smartly asked Joseph if he wouldn’t mind changing the Tokyo-Chicago-Newark flight to the Tokyo-JFK nonstop. [AJK: When you get an agent as good as Joseph, you make sure to leave it all out on the floor 😛 ] ANA award space from Tokyo-Chicago is much easier to find then Tokyo-JFK, but as Joseph was rebooking us in a revenue fare class that didn’t matter at all. He happily rebooked us to the JFK flight and booked a connection from Newark-Cleveland for me with enough time to grab dinner in Manhattan along the way. … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 2: It’s Time To Hop!
-Martin Hand, United’s Senior VP of Customer Experience, was a pleasure to talk to as well. Being a Cleveland guy I once again brought up the future of Cleveland, calling it United’s step-child hublette. He joked that as a former Continental guy they love Cleveland and that I shouldn’t be calling it that! He said that Cleveland’s local business community seems to know that they need to support United to keep the hub and they have been doing a good job doing that so far. He went on to ask why Cleveland folks seem so paranoid as to the future of United in Cleveland. I could’ve said it was because United had already de-hubbed Cleveland once before in the 1980s before Continental eventually took it over and that nearb cities like Pittsburgh, Columbus, and Cincinnati have seen recent catastrophic hub closures, but I said it’s just Clevelanders natural rejection fearing attitude, helped in no small part by LeBron. He and his former Continental colleague … [Read more...] about Trip Report: United DO 2012 In Chicago
We were traveling with 14 Pomegranate meals. Normally I would just freeze them and put them in a regular suitcase as things stay frozen in the belly of the plane. However this trip would have too much downtime so AJK brought along ice packs and his Polar Bear Cooler, which is truly an awesome bag. [AJK: This bag is highly recommended. We’ve had stuff remain frozen on a scorching hot tarmac in Dubai for 18 hours without a hiccup. What I’ll do for POM’s boneless spare ribs in Abu Dhabi, eh?] We put it in a freezer when we could, but it did a great job making sure everything stayed frozen. And its perfectly durable to be checked in. … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 1: Honolulu