Giveaway Winners – One United 20% and One United 10% Off Discount Certificates

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Thanks to the generosity of two anonymous fans, we ran a giveaway for one United 20% and one United 10% off discount certificates on Friday.

We really appreciate the feedback that you all have provided — we would like to comment on one common enhancement request. There continues to be a lot interest in airline/alliance base filtering. As discussed previously, we do not think it is a feature set that we should invest time in building or categorizing the data.

Filtering is useful when there is a large data set. Our site does not have a lot of deals — on a typical day, we publish 7 deals. Deals we post are short lived in nature, meaning if you go past page 2 of the deals page, the probability of the deal still being active is small so filtering would include many expired deals. In addition, it would be hard for us to publish many more deals on a daily basis with our deal criterion of 6 cents per mile.

So what are the high level items we are working on this year?

  • Deal finding related tech (that’s on the backend and nothing you guys see, but crucial to the overall success of the site )
  • Migrating our email service off Feedburner so we can:
    • Provide city and real-time based email notification
    • Increase delivery reliability for one of our largest traffic sources
  • Increasing our city base coverage – we made a significant investment in both time and resources launching ten new cities (Atlanta, Charlotte, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Orlando and San Diego) with Fare Deal Alert. We continue to assess new cities.
United Airlines' Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner - Photo: InSapphoWeTrust, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

United Airlines’ Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner – Photo: InSapphoWeTrust, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

As a reminder, the terms and conditions of the discount certificate are:

  • Must book by March 30th, 2014 (March 28th for the 10% off discount certificate)
  • Travel must be completed by March 30th, 2014 (March 28th for the 10% off discount certificate)
  • For one passenger
  • Only on United marketed and operated flights (this means no codeshares — e.g., a Lufthansa operated flight under United flight number)
  • 20% off is only for the base fare — in actuality, it can be as little as 1% off the total ticket (such as yesterday’s deals to Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo where the base fare is between $40 – $70 or a $8 to $14 discount) to at max maybe 17% off (e.g., a $300 nonstop flight from New York to San Francisco would save about $50). The discount does not include taxes or carrier imposed surcharges like fuel.
    • The best bang for the buck will be Domestic, Carribbean, Central and South America and Asia. Europe and Africa would have small discounts as fuel surcharges to those markets are high.
  • This discount may be used on following published fares: United First(R) (F,A) class, United Business(R) (J,C,D,Z) class and United Economy(R) (Y, B, M, E, U, H, Q, V, W, S, T, L, K) class fares.
    • The economy restriction only really affects super discounted domestic tickets — since there are two fare classes – G and N which this discount would not work.

Winners:

Without further ado, here are the two winners as selected by random.org. The first winner will receive the 20% off discount certificate and the second winner will receive the 10% off discount certificate.

Winner #1 – Entry #120 – Shannon on March 9, 2014 at 3:56 PM

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Winner #2 – Entry #91 – wen on March 7, 2014 at 11:04 PM

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Shannon and wen, we will be in touch with your discount certificates sometime today.

Update: We really screwed this one up — sleep deprivation can make for errors. Entry #91 is actually nathan. We will be in touch to send him something else. Apologies.

For complete transparency, here are all the entries:

Number Name Entry
1     Andrew March 7, 2014 at 7:18 AM
2     Henry March 7, 2014 at 7:25 AM
3     JamesP March 7, 2014 at 7:35 AM
4     Zi March 7, 2014 at 7:44 AM
5     Colin March 7, 2014 at 7:59 AM
6     Chris March 7, 2014 at 8:17 AM
7     BM March 7, 2014 at 8:24 AM
8     Michael M March 7, 2014 at 8:54 AM
9     Joshua Bochenek March 7, 2014 at 9:09 AM
10     hawaiilov March 7, 2014 at 9:09 AM
11     TONY March 7, 2014 at 9:14 AM
12     scibuff March 7, 2014 at 9:16 AM
13     Tim March 7, 2014 at 9:36 AM
14     EML March 7, 2014 at 9:41 AM
15     Steve March 7, 2014 at 9:41 AM
16     Nicholas Lordo March 7, 2014 at 9:42 AM
17     Kevin March 7, 2014 at 9:48 AM
18     Lam March 7, 2014 at 10:14 AM
19     Andy March 7, 2014 at 10:16 AM
20     Kenneth March 7, 2014 at 10:31 AM
21     Dimitri March 7, 2014 at 10:36 AM
22     lewende March 7, 2014 at 10:36 AM
23     GS March 7, 2014 at 10:41 AM
24     Di March 7, 2014 at 10:50 AM
25     TED March 7, 2014 at 10:53 AM
26     PV_Premier March 7, 2014 at 11:08 AM
27     Chris March 7, 2014 at 11:09 AM
28     Matthew March 7, 2014 at 11:09 AM
29     Julia March 7, 2014 at 11:25 AM
30     carol March 7, 2014 at 11:26 AM
31     flyerdude88 March 7, 2014 at 11:34 AM
32     Rajnish March 7, 2014 at 11:41 AM
33     JB March 7, 2014 at 11:42 AM
34     Anhtu Nguyen March 7, 2014 at 12:00 PM
35     Alex March 7, 2014 at 12:08 PM
36     Tyler March 7, 2014 at 12:12 PM
37     Jackson March 7, 2014 at 12:18 PM
38     bltn95 March 7, 2014 at 12:24 PM
39     Kimberly March 7, 2014 at 12:56 PM
40     Franz March 7, 2014 at 1:26 PM
41     CJ March 7, 2014 at 1:38 PM
42     Amy March 7, 2014 at 3:05 PM
43     Spencer March 7, 2014 at 3:05 PM
44     shiva March 7, 2014 at 3:06 PM
45     KC March 7, 2014 at 3:08 PM
46     Jacob March 7, 2014 at 3:10 PM
47     PJ March 7, 2014 at 3:12 PM
48     linda March 7, 2014 at 3:12 PM
49     Jeannie March 7, 2014 at 3:15 PM
50     Michael Williams March 7, 2014 at 3:20 PM
51     Briana March 7, 2014 at 3:21 PM
52     Avery March 7, 2014 at 3:21 PM
53     Andrew March 7, 2014 at 3:26 PM
54     David March 7, 2014 at 3:26 PM
55     Pat March 7, 2014 at 3:27 PM
56     Rob Williams March 7, 2014 at 3:30 PM
57     Anthony March 7, 2014 at 3:30 PM
58     Robert March 7, 2014 at 3:30 PM
59     Tobias March 7, 2014 at 3:37 PM
60     Phuong March 7, 2014 at 3:37 PM
61     Jason March 7, 2014 at 3:38 PM
62     Barrett March 7, 2014 at 3:43 PM
63     lance March 7, 2014 at 3:49 PM
64     Glenn March 7, 2014 at 4:10 PM
65     Rohit March 7, 2014 at 4:26 PM
66     ST March 7, 2014 at 4:38 PM
67     Nadia March 7, 2014 at 4:44 PM
68     Ada March 7, 2014 at 4:54 PM
69     Ari March 7, 2014 at 5:02 PM
70     Greg March 7, 2014 at 5:03 PM
71     Steve March 7, 2014 at 5:10 PM
72     Lisa March 7, 2014 at 5:11 PM
73     Yasuo March 7, 2014 at 5:12 PM
74     geraldine March 7, 2014 at 5:13 PM
75     Michelle S (Miles, Points, and Mai Tais) March 7, 2014 at 5:18 PM
76     keith March 7, 2014 at 5:19 PM
77     stefan March 7, 2014 at 5:28 PM
78     Ben March 7, 2014 at 5:30 PM
79     Danielle March 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM
80     Carol March 7, 2014 at 5:42 PM
81     Ceres March 7, 2014 at 6:00 PM
82     Erik March 7, 2014 at 6:02 PM
83     Karen March 7, 2014 at 6:55 PM
84     Olivia March 7, 2014 at 7:33 PM
85     Nicholas March 7, 2014 at 8:01 PM
86     Brian March 7, 2014 at 8:35 PM
87     Anutham March 7, 2014 at 8:52 PM
88     Bobby March 7, 2014 at 10:08 PM
89     Antonio March 7, 2014 at 10:19 PM
90     wen March 7, 2014 at 11:04 PM
91     Nathan March 7, 2014 at 11:15 PM
92     Marc March 8, 2014 at 1:15 AM
93     Jessica March 8, 2014 at 2:30 AM
94     Shawn March 8, 2014 at 4:51 AM
95     Craig Appel March 8, 2014 at 6:20 AM
96     Lauren March 8, 2014 at 9:26 AM
97     Obi March 8, 2014 at 11:12 AM
98     Joseph March 8, 2014 at 11:56 AM
99     carol March 8, 2014 at 12:17 PM
100     Ian March 8, 2014 at 1:08 PM
101     Sejal March 8, 2014 at 1:11 PM
102     maria March 8, 2014 at 1:22 PM
103     Chao Z March 8, 2014 at 4:09 PM
104     Michael March 8, 2014 at 4:23 PM
105     Peter March 8, 2014 at 5:03 PM
106     Andy March 8, 2014 at 5:39 PM
107     John March 8, 2014 at 6:28 PM
108     Kim March 8, 2014 at 6:57 PM
109     Angela Qu March 8, 2014 at 7:25 PM
110     Rich March 8, 2014 at 8:08 PM
111     Christopher G. March 8, 2014 at 10:04 PM
112     JC March 9, 2014 at 1:22 AM
113     Brandon March 9, 2014 at 8:06 AM
114     Brianne March 9, 2014 at 8:23 AM
115     Sam March 9, 2014 at 9:19 AM
116     Brandon March 9, 2014 at 9:45 AM
117     Jvontai March 9, 2014 at 10:18 AM
118     Sam S March 9, 2014 at 11:24 AM
119     Don March 9, 2014 at 1:30 PM
120     Shannon March 9, 2014 at 3:56 PM
121     Josiah March 9, 2014 at 4:37 PM
122     Tri March 9, 2014 at 5:04 PM
123     Lina March 9, 2014 at 5:06 PM
124     Alexander March 9, 2014 at 7:34 PM
125     Rajat March 9, 2014 at 10:00 PM

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