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Each year you qualify for elite status with United Airlines (or with most programs for that matter), you get a packet in the mail that contains things like a membership card, some written materials, etc. Sometimes what is in those membership kits is pretty worthless, and other times it is quite useful. I qualified for 1K membership with United on the very last day of 2013, so I ended up getting both a Premier Platinum and a Premier 1K membership kit in the mail in early 2014.
In case you are curious as to what is in these its, here are the details.
Premier Platinum Membership Kit:
Both arrived in the mail in envelopes that were the same size. The Platinum one arrived in mid-January and the 1K envelope in early February.
The most valuable content for most are the drink certificates that are technically valid for one year, but in practice have been accepted for years after their expiration date. This is the first year I have ever seen then printed in bright yellow. You receive five drink certificates at a Premier Platinum member that you can use when your upgrades don’t clear to get beer or wine in coach.
You also get your membership card and two luggage tags with your elite level listed on them.
Premier 1K Membership Kit:
The 1K envelope is identical to the Platinum envelope, other than the color and wording.
The 1K kit contains twice as many drink certificates as the Platinum packet, so now I have a grand total of 15 drinks free on board waiting for me in coach this year. That has some real value if you would have bought those drinks anyway, but I’m likely to share since I’m not much of a plane drinker. I’d actually much prefer some passes to get free snacks or DirecTV than just have the option of a free glass of cheap wine or a Heineken, but no one asked me. It is a nice gesture, just interesting that it can’t be used for something else for those who don’t drink.
You also have a card that gives some numbers you can use around the world to call toll free as a 1K member. There is also a website listed where you can access these numbers in case you don’t have your booklet with you. I took a photo of the numbers that I will store on my phone in case I need them one day.
Just like with the Platinum kit you also get a membership card and two luggage tags with your 1K status on them. Frankly, I have no idea why they would name it 1K, but it is what it is.
No magic fairy dust, no magic “fix all” phone number, and no super secret handshake instructions are found in these membership kits, but you do get some luggage tags and a few free drinks.
Have you received your elite status kits for 2014?