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UA Insider Aug 3, 16 8:05 am

Updates to UA MP Multi-City Award Travel & Award Fee Changes (Post Oct 2016){Archive}
 
Hi everyone,

A heads up that we have some updates regarding award travel coming to the MileagePlus program effective October 6, 2016. We’re always looking for ways to make our program easier to navigate and booking multi-city itineraries is something our customers have been asking that we improve. At a high level, this includes enhancements to booking multi-city MileagePlus award travel and streamlined change/redeposit fees. Additional highlights below for visibility:




        The most up-to-date information, including FAQs can be found at www.mileageplusupdates.com.

        Thank you,

        -UA Insider

        RobOnLI Aug 3, 16 8:15 am

        Wow is about all i can say. Sounds like UA can't be bothered fixing their pathetic website so to allow users to book multi-city awards they have to use more miles and book them all as one-ways. With the "one free award ticket within a multi-city award" I suppose there are ways to come up with cheaper options but they will be few and far between?

        Oh and look at those fees. Plats are not going to be happy about this at all. Golds and silvers also affected.

        -RM

        tods27 Aug 3, 16 8:21 am

        I think that this is a mixed bag for Golds. On the plus side, cancelling award flights will only cost $25 if you are 2 months out and only $60 inside 2 months (down from $100 anytime). On the minus side, inside 2 months you need to pay more for changes and all changes incur a fee. On balance, more downside than upside IMO

        miasmal Aug 3, 16 8:24 am

        Huge loss for me - as a Plat, I lose the ability to book/cancel last-minute award tickets without fees. :(

        (ps I have to book my stopover RT ticket asap before they charge me extra miles!)

        LASUA1K Aug 3, 16 8:30 am

        Platinums lose out here. Whats the diffrence between Plat and Gold now? A few more upgrades?

        jasonp622 Aug 3, 16 8:32 am

        Well Platinums best benefit is now gone. Nice work

        mdobbins Aug 3, 16 8:46 am

        I didn't realize it was a Friday afternoon...

        Halo117 Aug 3, 16 8:50 am

        61 days....geez....will this mean that better reward availability be opened up before then?....why remove the 21 day rule?

        izzik Aug 3, 16 8:57 am

        Will the system price correctly when valid routings are inputted without stopover?
        For example, USA to Australia awards (40k saver economy) allow routing via Asia.. but if you input USA-Asia one-way (35k saver economy), followed by Asia-Australia one-way 20k saver economy (assuming < 6 hrs between one-ways), will it price correctly?

        Kacee Aug 3, 16 8:58 am

        It's unclear exactly how this is going to work. Note there is no mention of OJ. But they are making very clear that the stopover is going to be limited to same region.

        Despite the uncertainty, it's a good bet these changes will result in a net increase in award pricing for many itineraries.


        Originally Posted by jasonp622 (Post 27008775)
        Well Platinums best benefit is now gone. Nice work

        Yep. Really a low blow.

        On the positive side, they've reduced the redeposit fee for GM to $125. That's a big deal.

        fumje Aug 3, 16 9:01 am

        Oof
         
        Doesn't look so good. :(

        bmwe92fan Aug 3, 16 9:02 am

        Really hard not to be cynical regarding how UA treats its best travelers....

        zebranz Aug 3, 16 9:03 am

        Another enhancement which takes away benefits.

        Where is that pendulum - must be closer to swinging the other way!

        pushmyredbutton Aug 3, 16 9:04 am


        Originally Posted by Kacee (Post 27008907)
        It's unclear exactly how this is going to work. Note there is no mention of OJ. But they are making very clear that the stopover is going to be limited to same region.

        This is what I'm concerned about. It was possible in the past to create some pretty complex OJ routings...

        3Cforme Aug 3, 16 9:09 am


        Originally Posted by RobOnLI (Post 27008691)
        Wow is about all i can say. Sounds like UA can't be bothered fixing their pathetic website so to allow users to book multi-city awards they have to use more miles and book them all as one-ways.

        Another way to see this is copying AA of ~2011(?) and DL changes of 11/2014. UA has been notably more generous in award construction. Of course they want to 'fix' that.


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