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post #31 of 160
Your positive and cheerful posts are always noticeable on this forum. That same positive and cheerful outlook will speed you to recovery along with best wishes for your continued good health and spirit.
post #32 of 160
Yikes! I'm new here, but the commraderie being demonstrated is elevating my opinion of Bears. Kudos to you all.

Bonni, my wife and I are "Empty Nesters" and 20 months ago she exploded her Tibial Plateau (The big knob which opposes the Femur's and makes the knee). She hasn't been a skier for a few years, but my point is ... her recovery has been phenomenal. I pray for the same results for you.

About eight months into rehab, she raced up to me at the gym and announced, "I just raised my weight on the Leg Press to MORE than it was before the accident!" She's doing great, and most of our friends don't even remember the event ... because she's stronger and fitter than before.

You can do it, too. Just follow all the Rehab orders ... religiously....

- KK
post #33 of 160
I hope you have a speedy recovery.
post #34 of 160
Ha damn. Sorry to read this. Thinking positive thoughts for you Bonni.

SkierJ, now you will have to wait on her hand and foot!
post #35 of 160
Very disturbing news. My prayers are with you.
post #36 of 160
Man, this sucks big time. Hope you have a quick recovery Bonni.
post #37 of 160
Good luck with the rehab... damn Rocky Mountains always busting our legs.
post #38 of 160

Ouch!

: Wow, what a bummer. Here's to a speedy recovery and return to the slopes.
post #39 of 160
Bonni,

Get well soon.
post #40 of 160
ARRRGHHH!

Get well soon. Bones usually heal better than knees, so there might be a tiny bright side.

Darn!!! That must hurt. Keep us informed, post an xray or something, and maybe we'll be able to provide some entertainment here to help you through the recovery.
post #41 of 160
Bonni - I'm so sorry to hear about this.

Get well!
post #42 of 160
Get Well Fast

Quote:
Originally Posted by vail snopro View Post
I'm beginning to have an idea what might be contributing to this "epic-demic"......
I'm glad I'm heading to Florida next week!! No "epic-demics" on the golf course, hopefully-maybe a few gators but you get free relief from them.
post #43 of 160
Man, Bonni, what a huge drag on such a great trip. I'm so sorry to hear about your wreck.

It'll suck for a while being "broken" but one day the lightbulb will go back on and you'll be back to ripping it. It'll be SUCH a huge stoke for you - keep that day in your mind's eye!
post #44 of 160
OK, Bonni, its a drag, it sucks and it not fair but remember we love ya. We will let you be pissed and feel sorry for yourself . . . but . . . only for so long. We are your friends so when it is time we reserve the right to kick you in the arse. Although, I highly doubt we will have to. Take care and take the drugs!!!!

Get well soon.

Ed
post #45 of 160
Get Better soon.
post #46 of 160
Get well Bonni! We both seem to be injured a lot, but I've never broken a big bone, just collarbones, rib, cheek bone, finger, toe. Do everything the doctors tell you, eat a healthy diet plus calcium citrate supplements just to make sure your body has all it needs to heal itself.
post #47 of 160
Bonni, I am so sorry to hear this. Damn snow snakes just can't be trusted
post #48 of 160
Bonni, Bonni, Bonni, this is just plain rotten luck. Call up your reserves, lean on the Bears, insists on the good pain killers, heal and get to work on rehab. We're all sending good karma, good vibration, thoughtful prayers.
post #49 of 160
Cirquerider is organizing a plan to help them come home by some of us chipping miles and some money to upgrade their flight to first class. She is wanting to come home Wednesday . Please consider helping these wonderful people as we figure out a way to make it happen and reveal the details necessary.

Thanks. She is in good spirits and is trying to get a computer hooked up to share her thoughts with us .

Let's help Bonni get home or she will be stuck in Spokane for 6 weeks.Not that I wouldn't like hanging out with her but home is where she belongs
post #50 of 160
I just got off the phone to Jeff and Bonni. She says:
"I'm doing better but my ski season is over"

She seemed to be in great spirits, especially with the little morphine on demand button in her hand. Jeff so far is not planning on skiing before they leave Spokane, (tentatively Wednesday with doctor's consent). I guess he figures one injury is manageable but two might be a bit much.

Bonni explained she was skiing an intermediate run with an unnamed accomplice and just went tumbling and cartwheeling, but her ski didn't come off. The report is that VA, Pete, Slider and Mattitude were poaching the double diamond lines below closed lift #6. Bonni claims she never ducked a rope.
Actually she was on a relatively mild terrain when the accident happened, but she described a spinning fall and couldn't recall many details. Drugs will do that you know....

She is under Doctor's order to keep the leg elevated, and so I have asked Jeff to check with United to see if the airline will upgrade their seats for the trip home. Several people here have already made generous offers of money and or airline miles to help out. If Jeff asks for the help, I will start a new thread and provide instructions for anyone that wants to donate.
Standby for more.
post #51 of 160
I heard about your accident from your husband, Jeff, who answered the cell phone when I called today. Get well soon. Maybe you should change your Epic Ski name to Bonni-the Bionic Woman or Titanium Girl. Get well soon.
post #52 of 160
Bonni,

From Dr. Bigfoot and oboe: AHHHHHH, $h!t!!! Of all the . . . DARN it! JEEZ!!!


Our thoughts are with you, Bonni, and we are fervently knocking on wood, keeping our fingers crossed, and hoping like all get out that you'll mend quickly and completely and as comfortably as possible (for us agnostics, that's tantamount to all out prayer).

Jeff, keep us posted and let us know your whereabouts and Bonni's status and progress. Please check your pm mailbox.
post #53 of 160
Quote:
Originally Posted by GarryZ View Post
Cirquerider is organizing a plan to help them come home by some of us chipping miles and some money to upgrade their flight to first class. She is wanting to come home Wednesday . Please consider helping these wonderful people as we figure out a way to make it happen and reveal the details necessary.

Thanks. She is in good spirits and is trying to get a computer hooked up to share her thoughts with us .

Let's help Bonni get home or she will be stuck in Spokane for 6 weeks.Not that I wouldn't like hanging out with her but home is where she belongs
It's my experience that if you call the Airlines and tell them what happened, they will upgrade you to first class without additional charges. The sooner they call the better chance they will have of getting this done.

It's good that it's United because they will probably do just that. If they have room. If not I have some United Miles I can donate. That takes time so Jeff shouldn't delay.
post #54 of 160
I checked on donating or transferring miles. Its really a bad deal. The fee is $0.01/mile plus a $35 transaction fee. I think the best bet is to check on the cash cost of an upgrade (if any), and we can try to pitch in and defray that cost. I'm sure any help at all would be appreciated. I hope Lars is right that the airline will volunteer the upgrade, but we should know soon.
post #55 of 160
Being a regular United flyer and a mid-level elite with them, I have sincere doubts that United will upgrade them for free. Worth a try. But these days airlines do not go out of their way to "do the right thing".

If not, I have enough miles to sponsor one (unfortunately not enough for two) upgrade to First (15,000 miles; I've blown the other 160,000 already).

If someone can PM me with the United locator# for Bonni's trip as well as the exact flight#s and time, I'll see if UA will let me confirm the upgrade. I'm guessing that Jeff is on the same itinerary - upgrading one passenger without the other may take an intelligent agent at the other end. Thankfully as an elite I usually don't get the India Call Center: If I have the exact United Locator# I may be able to do it online, but I'm not sure about that.

By using my own miles and sponsoring the confirmed upgrade, rather than by trying to transfer the miles to Jeff or Bonni's account, this might work faster.

Hopefully someone else with miles, or someone who is a top-level elite 1K with a CR1 (Confirmed Regional Upgrade) to spare might be able to pop for Jeff's upgrade?

But try the airline's good will first. Mind you, I wouldn't count on it.

Note that if this is a Priceline or Hotwire ticket, all bets are off. From united.com:"Some Internet sites, such as Priceline and Hotwire, issue tickets that are not upgradeable."
post #56 of 160
I have enough to upgrade the other ticket. Let us know.
post #57 of 160
Another possible problem - flights might not actually be upgradeable, either physically (e.g. no F class at all) or due to availability. Assuming Bonni and Jeff are flying out of Spokane (GEG) and into Albany (their usual airport and probably where Jeff left the car), there are very few flights using all mainline (non-regional jets, no-turboprop) service. I looked at Wednesday's schedule while logged in to United in "expert mode" where I can see the availability including award upgrade availability.

There is only one single-connection (2 hop rather than 3-hop). That's at 6:41 am and UA is only allocating ONE seat for a first class mileage upgrade. The connection in Chicago (ORD) is on a CR7 regional jet but it's one of the bigger ones that does have a first class, and they are allocating up to 3 first class seats to upgraders. That's UA242 connecting to UA5678. I don't know if ORD boards regional jets via the jetway or via stairs (ugh!) nor what Albany does.

An all "real jet" itinerary looks like it needs 3 hops, through DEN and then ORD. It does look like they have upgraded First (NF) or in the case of the leg on the 777 flight, upgraded Business (NC) availability, so if they can get onto those flights it should be upgradeable all the way through. But it's two connections. However avoiding a BarbieJet and avoiding a stairway board/deboard is worth it - they can roll Bonni right on and off if it's all on a real plane.

Those itineraries are:

option 1):
UA502 GEG 6:00am - DEN 9:10am on a 737-500 (NF6=6 upgrades avail.)
UA140 DEN 11:30am - ORD 2:52pm on a 757-200 (NF9=9 upgrades avail)
UA762 ORD 4:45pm - ALB 7:43pm on a 737-500 (NF4=4 upgrades avail)

option 2):
same GEG-DEN and ORD-ALB, flight in the middle is:
UA908 DEN 12:35p-3:55p on a 777 (big roomy widebody, NC9=9 upgrades into international-style Business class which is nicer than domestic 2-class First) However a tighter connection in O'Hare.

option 3):
Same GEG-DEN flight and ORD-ALB, flight in the middle is:
UA244 10:09am-ORD 2:44pm on a 757-200 (NF9=9 upgrades availabile). Shorter layover in DEN, longer layover in ORD. DEN is a lot nicer airport to hang out in than ORD IMHO.

So bottom line, before anybody can upgrade Bonni & Jeff whether by miles, upgrade certificates, or the airline's good will, they have to be on flights which actually have First Class (or Business for the 777 flight), have open F seats, and actually have upgrade availability for those seats. This could possibly involve change fees to get onto those flights before dealing with upgrades.

As far as goodness of the airline's heart: they didn't waive a fee for me at all when I had to rebook my trip a week ago because of my broken shoulder. And I flew 75,000 miles on them last year. YMMV.

edit: there may be some other flight options but I didn't see them come up on an award search, which is the trick you can use to check upgrade availability in the NF and NC "fare buckets". But the point still holds - they need to get onto flights in coach where there is a real First class, and where the NF bucket is available so that they can be upgraded with miles.

Unless the UA person they're dealing with is in a mood to do a good thing.
post #58 of 160
I don't have the itinerary number and won't call this late. I will PM Mark the number to call since this could be resolved with a direct donation.
post #59 of 160
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lars View Post
It's my experience that if you call the Airlines and tell them what happened, they will upgrade you to first class without additional charges.
As someone who had to fly from SLC to NYC twice within nine months with broken legs, I can tell you that neither American nor Delta did that... and I asked, and they had room in first class both times.
post #60 of 160
Bonni is the Job of epicski.
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