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This week I received my third United elite status packet in the mail that I has been sent my way in the last 9 months. I received one when I hit Silver, one when I hit Gold, and now a Platinum Premier packet. The envelopes are fairly large and noticeable when they hit your mailbox, but is anything useful really in there?
What is in the packet depends on what elite level you have attained. When I hit Silver and Gold the main “prize” in the packet was a hard MileagePlus card with my name, frequent flyer number, and elite status listed. I have never personally needed those cards as all that info is typically printed on my boarding passes, but they could have potential use if I was using Star Gold status to access an international airport lounge or something similar.
I decided to snap a few photos of my Premier Platinum packet that came this week on the off-chance anyone was interested in what was inside.
This time I got the standard MileagePlus card with all my relevant info, two luggage tags, and a little something extra that isn’t in the Silver or Gold packets.
Free drinks tickets!
You get complimentary alcoholic beverages when you are upgraded to first class, but I guess these are for those times when your status isn’t enough to get you to the front of the plane. Though by that rationale I really think Silvers and Golds need these more than Platinums and 1Ks. As a Platinum I received five drink coupons valid for the next year, and rumor has it that 1Ks receive ten in their packets.
It’s not a huge thing, but given that alcoholic drinks on United cost between $6 – $9, it is certainly a nice gesture for those who like an on-board adult beverage. Sure would be cool if you could use them for snacks boxes instead if you don’t drink.
That’s it. No secret password. No Wonka-style Golden Ticket. No confetti that pops out at you when you open the envelope. You can bet I popped my new Platinum card into my wallet before the envelope could hit the trash can. I have no clue if I will ever need to show that card, but I will have it just in case since flying 75,000+ miles on United in a year to earn it wasn’t something that happened overnight.
…..the drink tickets immediately found their way safely into my wallet as well. 😉
Do you look forward to getting your elite status packets? What is your favorite part of the packet, or could you not possibly care less? Did yours come with confetti or a marching band?