United removes partner award chart

20

It’s a sad day for United Mileage Plus members: United has removed its partner award chart. That absolutely stinks. This means that partner awards will now follow United’s dynamic pricing algorithms and may cost more or less than they do today (though I wouldn’t count on them costing any less). The lack of clarity as to the value of a mile (since you can’t plan for how many you’ll need for a particular trip) makes collecting United miles a questionable proposition moving forward.

United had done away with its own award chart last year (Greg did eventually note the bright side of that, but let’s be real: it was mostly a devaluation). When they removed the chart for their own flights, United said that the partner award chart would be unaffected for the time being. I don’t think any of us expected that they wouldn’t eventually follow Delta like a lost little puppy dog move to dynamic pricing on partner awards, but it is disappointing nonetheless. I find it particularly crummy for them to usher in this change with no notice at a time of such uncertainty about the program and the future of partner airlines. It sure feels like they tried to sneak this in when many members aren’t paying much attention due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moving forward, I’d question the wisdom of crediting flights to United Mileage Plus given that you have no idea how many miles will be needed for an award ticket. Given my United Silver status due to having Marriott Titanium, I will probably continue to credit to United until my status expires, but after that I would rather use wheretocredit.com and credit to an airline where I can have a more clearly-defined value and use for the miles for planning purposes and stick with earning Chase Ultimate Rewards as a backup to transfer to United if and when it makes sense to do so.

H/T: TPG via DoC

Email:*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide

20
Leave a Reply

avatar
11 Comment threads
9 Thread replies
16 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
14 Comment authors
CaveDwellerJasonPatricklosingtraderNick Reyes Recent comment authors

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  Subscribe  
Notify of
Captain Greg
Guest
Captain Greg

Does this affect the Turkish deal, or is this just about applying United miles to other airlines?

SteveH
Guest
SteveH

The two are not related. This is about using United miles to fly other airlines.

Steven
Guest
Steven

what is the Turkish deal

Sayeed
Guest
Sayeed

I like that there is a “bride” side of United eliminating its award chart. Must be good news for those looking to transport mail order brides!

Robert
Guest
Robert

Oh United…such a change at a time they should be courting passengers…

CaveDweller
Guest
CaveDweller

UAL is trying to save their ASS and ANYTHING goes so Good Luck ..Remember Folks there’s a LOT of Rich people(not me’s) here and their not posting WHY they’re trying to save their Company’s.
104K points UAL !!!
#stayincave

rich
Guest
rich

Going forward the value of points could be almost anything. If there are a ton of seats available maybe airlines will make more available for redemptions. Or maybe they will largely make points worth much less. There are a ton of people who see no issue with redeeming tons of points for domestic coach flights.

I’m starting to cancel cards. First up was Hyatt. While the fee isn’t high, the free night was pretty useless to me. I either didn’t use it, or had to make a strong effort to find a category 4 hotel to use it for a night. I’d rather keep the AF and put it towards a paid room when I do need it. I sent Chase an email and the automated message indicated it could take a while to respond but it was resolved within 24 hours.

Once the Aspire comes around, that will likely go next. Diamond doesn’t get you much and I can get Gold from a variety of sources.

Cash back cards are looking better and better.

CaveDweller
Guest
CaveDweller

Good Job Damage control !!!

Dave H
Guest
Dave H

They’ve already gone up. I happened to be looking at Tokyo to ICN yesterday morning and found widespread 8k/30k for economy/business in January. They’re now all listed at 9k/33k.

Larry
Guest
Larry

Two thoughts.

First, this is the end of singing up for big spend sign up bonuses for me unless the points are tied to a multi-use transferable currency. I did the $25,000 spend 100,000 mile United business card at the end of last year and now have been double burned. Once when they later introduced a similar bonus on a new card but with only $10,000 spend and again now when they have devalued the 100,000 points. They still have value but I don’t do MS and so $25,000 in spend comes with significant opportunity cost. I’m done with these programs selling you one thing and then pulling the rug out with devaluations. I feel the same way about using 2 5/24 slots on the IHG cards only to now see them moving to dynamic pricing, which will reduce the value of the points and make the 40,000 cert more and more difficult to use for value.

Second, and related, I’m really starting to give serious consideration to moving over to a cash back model and forgetting about spending for points. Preferred Rewards is really starting to look attractive. I’ll still do sign up bonuses where it makes sense but it’s getting so much harder to actually find value these days.

rich
Guest
rich

I agree. It will be interesting going forward. Maybe bargains will return but for those of us that don’t MS, credit cards may become less valuable. I have around 600,000 AA/BA miles combined that are pretty worthless right now.

I kind of like the simplicity of my Amex Blue Cash card (3% groceries, 6% gas). If companies aren’t going to waive fees on travel cards, then I will cancel many of them.

CaveDweller
Guest
CaveDweller

Thanks, I should look into that.I have enough points for like 4 years so CASH. We ran about 30k new cases a day in April so no change really.
#stayincave

PM1
Guest
PM1

The prices have already gone up unfortunately on partner awards. This is the 3rd piece of bad news from United this week. I’m going to use my Plus Points and then abandon my hard earned 1K status. No sense being loyal to United anymore.

Jason
Guest
Jason

Very unfortunate timing for us. United scheduled us on a flight leaving a full day later than originally scheduled, which did not work with our other travel plans. Did not receive a notice even though this was a United flight (at least the first leg) booked through United. Happened to notice this today and was looking at re-booking to a day earlier than we were originally scheduled. Since I looked this morning the award fee on the flight went from 80k to 88k now (“Saver” level business award). Very customer unfriendly move by United. I’m United Gold now but will need to seriously consider if it’s worth maintaining going forward.

Jason
Guest
Jason

As a follow-up, I called the Premier Desk, and in this situation, they were able to credit the 8k miles back to my account.

losingtrader
Guest
losingtrader

Milesformags is looking better every day. I wish they still had the Economist, but I got Barron’s yesterday.

Patrick
Guest
Patrick

So how does that affect awards like LH first? They were around 113,000 pts. Will the cost now go through the roof since the tickets are very expensive?