United Woes

Discussion in 'Transportation' started by HueyDeweyLouie, May 13, 2005.

  1. HueyDeweyLouie

    HueyDeweyLouie Earning My Ears

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    Any others out there monitoring...

    I'm worried about the workers "disrupting operations in less organized ways" - Basically horrible service for customers (flight delays, baggage, etc.).

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    http://www.cnn.com/2005/TRAVEL/05/13/united.travelers.ap/index.html?section=cnn_latest

     
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  3. RAD

    RAD DIS Veteran

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    DW and I have tried to go back to AA for our flights and just trying to use up our UAL Milage Plus miles ASAP, even before all this laters round of problems. What ticked us off was UAL replaced all the ORD<->MCO flights with TED. When we did DVC vacation, since we had to plan ahead, we always flyed 1st class on miles, nice way to start/end a vacation. But with TED it's all coach class all the time so it's bye bye UAL.
     
  4. caitycaity

    caitycaity <font color=009999>Accidentally deleted her tags<b

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    same thing happened at IAD. i hate it.

    i've been flying united pretty exclusively for 8 years and we frequently use miles to upgrade too.
     
  5. KerryCM

    KerryCM DIS Veteran

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    Well, I am flying United June 9th to Santa Maria, CA to see my daughter and her family. United is the only airline that flies into SM. My DIL works for Delta and she said they will probably take United's tickets in the event of a strike. I will just have to fly into Santa Barbara. I will be gald whne my SIL gets stationed at Cape Canaveral, Patrick AFB after the 1st of the year. While Vandenberg is nice it is expensive to fly to!
     
  6. cruiseonmagic

    cruiseonmagic Part of the "Magic in Motion"--Disney Transport

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    The reason that they switched is because the majority of travelers want the less expensive coach tickets for the 2 1/2 hour flight. Very few use miles to upgrade for such a short flight. When they used mainline flights and flew 757s it was typical to have flights be oversold, yet have 20 out of 24 first class seats used by employees.
     
  7. CarolA

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    I think that United switched those routes to Ted because no one was PAYING for the first class tickets. They really don't want to give the "free" or mile upgrades LOL!
     
  8. RAD

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    I don't know about that. I've flown a number of times, when it was a mainline route, and there were a number of business folks up in 1st along with some celeb's.
     
  9. CarolA

    CarolA <a href="http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis-sponsor/index.

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    And I would bet that most of those business folks are like me. I fly first class 90% of the time, I NEVER pay for it. It's one of the perks of all those flights, but Delta isn't getting first class fare from me (Granted they are getting FULL fare coach!)
     
  10. cruiseonmagic

    cruiseonmagic Part of the "Magic in Motion"--Disney Transport

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    In the years that I worked for UAL, I flew first class 100% of the time. I don't know what it's like to sit in coach on a UAL flight to anywhere. The only way that someone could tell if it was an employee flying is if you overheard them talking about work (which they are not supposed to do). You won't see an employee dressed in jeans, shorts, tennis shoes, or even a shirt without a collar. It was a business perk for the job, and that's the way everyone was expected to act.
     
  11. back2disney

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    My advice for when flying with United is to tip heavily if you want your luggage to arrive on time.
     
  12. DisKim

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    I was going to book with United. I had no idea that all of this was going on. Thanks for the info. I'll probably book with Airtran instead.
     
  13. RAD

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    FYI, just flew a United trip over the weekend, no problems at all.
     
  14. cruiseonmagic

    cruiseonmagic Part of the "Magic in Motion"--Disney Transport

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    WHAT? Where in the world did that come from? Oh yes--I remember. The big tippers bags are marked with the white tags to be placed on the same plane as the pax. The blue tags get on whatever plane has room that day. :rotfl2: :rotfl2: :rotfl2: :rotfl2: :rotfl2: :rotfl2: :rotfl2: :rotfl2:
     
  15. mkymouse4ever

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    last nite on the news the union had a "mock" walk out, to disrupt ohare. :earseek: I'm very worried. We aren't going till august, but I think, I'm holding tix and by then this will be over, OR blow up just about our time to go, & then it will be to late to make alternative plans. :confused3 I was very happy with TED in march, and am happy with our times, So we booked it months ago, I even paid to change the day when I got 2 extra days off at work, so these are kinds expensive tix to throw away. The union said, they where "practicing" to show united they could close down ohare / united in about 5 minutes. Pulling people off there jobs, for 5 minutes. It looked scary on cbs / channel 2 news.

    Mky princess:
     
  16. Uncle Buck

    Uncle Buck I want to go back to my fish and poi

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    In 1994 UAL employees took a 55% stake in the company with their ESOP. While their stake is no longer that high, they would still basically be striking against themselves. That's how smart these folks are. And we've trusted them until now to pilot our travel and handle our belongings?
     

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