Feeling jilTED

I don't know the exact reason, but I love United Airlines.  I know a lot of people do not.  Perhaps it's the childhood memories of seeing my Dad off1 on his international travels which meant getting to spend the morning at the Sea-Tac Red Carpet Club.  Hey, free danish and juice to a kid is like gold.  Perhaps it was all the wings and coloring books they used to give out on the flights.

When I joined Sun, I was really happy that United was our carrier of choice.  The next three years, well two and a half, I was Premiere 1K with them.  Upgrades galore, no fee for flight changes, etc.  Channel 9.  Happy times.

Sun, like any cost conscious business, put out the bid for our business and this time American won the business.  While I felt I got the raw end of the status matching deal (1K to AA's 50K platinum status), I made it work.  Soon Exec Platinum on AA.  All was OK, but geez...They flew old jets, their staff wasn't as "warm" as the United folks, the TWA planes blew.  I longed for United.

I got my wish in late 2006 when United won back Suns business.  I actually made out on the status match this time, retaining my Platinum, but really only flying about 45K (Bellamy was born during the qualifying period and my wife was on bedrest).  But here comes the big but.  During my AA days, United introduced TED, their lower cost airlines that flies to the "Sun and the Fun".  Well, lower cost means no first class, and "Sun and Fun" includes Las Vegas.

This means that no matter where my first segment takes me (which a lot of the time is my only segment), I'm stuck in coach regardless of how many upgrade coupons I have or what my status is.  Throw in the new expiring miles bit and as a UAL flight attendant said to me, I might as well be flying Southwest.

1 Yes, it's true.  Back in the olden days you used to be able to actually go to the gate to see people off or pick them up.

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My name is Craig Bender aka ThinGuy. I'm a Principal Software Developer for Oracle's Virtual Desktop Engineering group.

I architect and evangelize the use of Oracle's Desktop technology including Sun Ray, Secure Global Desktop, and Oracle VDI.

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