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For 1Ks only updated for May 3 – May 10, 2007
May Winner
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A picture perfect natural wonder is our May
A Thousand Words winning entry

Taken in New Zealand, this month’s winner was submitted by Robert Greenberg. Comparable in size to Colorado, this is a country with a diverse terrain that invites stunning photo-ops for those who are up for the challenge. Robert took up the gauntlet to share this beautiful picture with us.

Here’s what Robert had to say about this very “cool” picture:
“After a cold rainy hike up the riverbed, including three icy barefoot crossings of the Waiho River, my beautiful wife, Ying, claims victory at the foot of New Zealand’s Franz Josef Glacier. This spectacular glacier is unique in that it descends from the Southern Alps to an elevation of 200 meters above the Tasman Sea, yet is surrounded by lush. green temperate rain forest.

We flew Star Alliance partner Air New Zealand to Christchurch in the midst of New Zealand’s busy summer tourist season only to find endless miles of roads, pastures, mountains and lakes all to ourselves. Some say it will remind you of life when you were young growing up in America, but frankly, I don’t remember it ever being this good.”

A short bio on Robert: He is a USDA Computer Specialist assigned to US Army’s Child and Youth Services.

Based in Honolulu, Robert has vacationed in more then 30 countries via United Airlines and the Star Alliance.

New Jersey born, he loves to visit Asia and Oceania while his Chinese-born wife, a Hawaiian garment distributor, prefers European vacations. They compromise!

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Robert, thank you for such a worthwhile effort.

A Thousand Words features travel photos taken by United Mileage Plus® 1K members. Its goal is to showcase images captured by amateur photographers on their travels.

Previous Photo Winners

Your upgrade to Elite Dining Status

Be sure to get the most from Mileage Plus DiningSM by Rewards NetworkSM. As a 1K® member who has qualified for 1K status for 2007, you’ll be upgraded* to Elite Dining status in Mileage Plus Dining through 12/31/07 — giving you opportunities to earn even more Redeemable Miles at thousands of participating restaurants across the United States and Canada.

As an Elite Dining member, you’re privileged with:

  • Five miles per qualified dollar spent on the total bill (tax and tip included) at participating restaurants when benefits are being offered
  • An additional five bonus miles per qualified dollar spent through December 31, 2007, with the Elite Dining Member Bonus
Enroll your credit and debit cards today at
united.com/dining. It’s free and easy! If you have a Mileage Plus Visa® card, you’re automatically enrolled, but you should create an online Dining profile at united.com/dining to stay aware of the latest offers, access member surveys on participating restaurants, and more.

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Worth the wait for preferred boarding

The rollout of United’s new Premium Boarding concept – the separate boarding lane that allows our Global Services and 1K members, as well as United First and United Business customers, to easily board the airplane at their leisure – is being implemented at all five of our hubs and approximately 20 additional airports by mid year.

We understand there are questions of why certain gates are equipped with the stanchions, signage and the red carpet, but our Customer Service Representatives are not yet employing the process.

This is quite simply a matter of logistics and training. The physical components take time to install and are tailored to different gate rooms at the various airports. More important, we are also providing training for our Customer Service Representatives, including for the new announcements you’ll be hearing, so there may be a brief transitional period.

Many thanks to those of you who have told us about your positive experiences with the Premium Boarding offering to date. And if you’re just starting to see the new feature, we certainly appreciate your patience as we implement it at our largest airports by mid-year... and at even more by the end of 2007.

Compliment a United employee who makes
a difference

You've flown with us often and have come to expect exemplary service—at reservations, on the ground and in the air. That makes you uniquely qualified to identify United employees who have exceeded your expectations.

Now when one of our employees takes extra steps to ensure your satisfaction, please feel free to show your appreciation by awarding them with one of the "Going the extra mile" certificates. These can be found in your new 1K membership package. Additional certificates can be requested through the Mileage Plus 1K Service Desk at 1-800-325-0046. Simply fill in your name, flight information, the employee's name and a brief description of why they went that extra mile.

Thanks for helping us recognize the efforts of those employees who deliver the ultimate in customer service.

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