|The Sun Is Setting On MileagePlus|
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
United Destroys The Other Half Of MileagePlus
United is completing their destruction of MileagePlus by changing how mileage earning works. Starting in 2015, miles earned for flights will be based on the fare price (not including tax) rather than the distance flown. The new earning method, paired with award price inflation last year, removes any hope of earning a decent rate of return on air travel. It should be easier to redeem miles because far fewer will be in circulation. I suspect I'll earn more miles on the ground now, even if I fly three or more times around the equator each year. Maximizing credit card bonus and other earning options will be critical to my 2015 earning strategy.
My last sliver of loyalty to United will be from their Million Miler program. I'm almost 70% to lifetime Gold status and Star Alliance Gold status. United did change the benefits for their Million Miler program before, I just hope I can cross the 1,000,000 lifetime flight mile mark before they change it again.