The new US Airways policy asks passengers who must fly a filthy, bumpy, no-frills Express Flight in and out of the hubs to do so without the small bonus of some extra preferred miles that used to make the flight seem almost tolerable.
In effect, US Airways is asking us to abandon the Express Flights and either drive to the hub or find another airline.
Has anyone in management ever taken a TA flight into PHL, waited for a late Express Flight at the far end of Terminal F, where there is no food, not able to go to the Club, because they tell you, no, you must wait by the gate, and then boarded the flight hungry and thirsty with no hope of getting even a glass of water on the flight, during your 18 hour trip, because "due to the shortness of this flight there will be no beverage service"--no service for the next hour--and even if there were beverage service the little plane is bouncing like a bronco, as it almost always does during the low-altitude flight to upstate New York.
Please. Take my miles. Take All Of Them.