Category: Star Alliance

Reminder: Major United Airlines frequent flyer changes ahead

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Members of MileagePlus, United’s frequent flyer program, can be forgiven if they feel like a rug has been pulled out from under them.

As an important reminder, as of February 1 business and first class partner award tickets will cost a whole lot more than they used to, with prices rising 30-70%. This represents the most significant devaluation of United’s frequent flyer program in its entire history. (more…)

How to save miles when redeeming award tickets

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American Express Membership Rewards (MR) points are a valuable and versatile currency.  They can be transferred to a variety of airlines, including members of all three global airline alliances, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic, JetBlue, and more. This gives travelers dozens of redemption options on almost every major airline in the world.  But if you can transfer to one of several airline partners to make your award booking, does it matter which one you choose? (more…)

American Airlines and US Airways merger receives final approval

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The federal government has given final approval to the proposed merger between American Airlines and US Airways, which is now expected to close in December 2013.  This will create the largest airline in the world, larger even than the combined Delta/Northwest and United/Continental mergers.  Because of its size, the feds extracted a toll for the merger in the form of the new American giving up slots at key airports.  But how will the merger affect frequent flyers? (more…)

United Airlines takes away some upgrades for elite members

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Last week we covered how United massively devalued its frequent flyer program by radically increasing the amount of miles needed for partner award tickets (effective February 1, 2014).  This mileage devaluation wasn’t the only significant program change United announced.  The way certain upgrades work is also changing, and it’s not to the benefit of MileagePlus members. (more…)