I was flying from Vienna Airport on Saturday and was initially turned away from the Senator lounge operated by Austrian Airlines because my United 1K card had expired on 31 January 2014 and the new card had yet to arrive.
Some years ago, United used to have its cards valid until the end of February to allow for problems getting cards to members. Although living outside the US I accept I am the poor relation for United – we don’t get any of the promos that US-residents do, but we don’t have to earn Premier Qualifying Dollars so it might be considered even!
Anyway, last year my United card turned up in the UK on 31 January – just in time.
Of course, I re-qualified for 1K in early December, so United could have chosen to send my card then. In fact, as a 3 million mile passenger, United knew I was going to be 1K in 2014 from the start of the year, as 3MM’s get 1K for life.
Luckily, a Lufthansa Senator guested me in, and so I could spend a happy few hours waiting for my LH flight to Frankfurt.