I hate planning ahead. I hate planning ahead. I hate planning ahead!
There – I got it out of my system.
But seriously, if you have been living under a rock and haven’t heard the terrible news yet, United just announced some “changes” to their award chart. “Changes” is a terrible word in the flyer world because it almost always means “get-ready-to-hear-bad-news”.
Without a surprise, the changes, which will be in full effect starting February 1, 2014, don’t work out in the favor of us, the flyer.
In summary, this is what they are:
- United will soon consist of two charts: one for awards just on United metal, and another for awards that include partner carriers. The partner chart requires far more miles for premium travel (business and first class).
- In general, it will require many more United miles to travel in premium cabin space (business class awards increased substantially, and first class nearly doubles on some routes). For people who care more about the destination rather than getting there in style, economy class awards pretty much remain the same, with only minor increases.
Here’s what’s on my mind about this news:
- Baby points traveler is coming in February – there’s no way I am cramming in last-minute dream getaway trips between now and my expected due date.
- Now I really have to actually pick a dream getaway to plan for… for like August – so much planning ahead and setting in stone.
- Which first class partner product should I splurge my miles on? I already did Singapore Airlines A380 First Class to Australia in March. What should be next? Lufthansa? Thai? Suggestions?
- Once I book my award, and Feb 1 passes, my itinerary must remain untouched – dates, routing, the whole 9-yards – so much for United’s flexible-award-redeposit benefit offered to United elites.
- Good thing American Airlines gifted me a Platinum status trial 2 days ago – it’s as if they knew this United pain was coming (hey, they probably did).
- Speaking of American Airlines, I wonder if they will use this#UNfriendlyskies devaluation to their AAdvantage? Will they sweep United elites off their feet and offer a match to EXP? A girl can dream, right?
- I am EWR based. Enough said. Now if I switch carriers, I’d have to schlep to JFK in most scenarios.
- 3 days ago, I just applied for the United MileagePlus Explorer card again after parting ways with it in February 2012. I did this because I was hoping I could re-qualify for status (Platinum at the very most), and use the card to eliminate the need to spend the big-baller PQD next year by spending $25,000 or more on the card annually.
- Speaking of status, I achieved my Premier 1K goal this year – now it’s less exciting for me.
- I LOVE Chase and their Ultimate Rewards program. Now I’m less enthusiastic about the 1:1 transfer benefit to United. I wonder how Chase will react to this?
Maybe it’s pregnancy hormones, but I sound and feel like this biggest baby on the planet. I’m legitimately sad and upset over this. I think it’s time to break up with United.
I just realized this was the whiniest post ever, but I needed to vent. And we all know real-friends outside of the points and miles world just don’t get it… so… I hope we can all have a pity party together over this. Feel free to chime in!