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Will UA let Chase spend earn MM/Lifetime mile credit as AA has done?

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Yes, no limit, just for 2020
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Will UA let Chase spend earn MM/Lifetime mile credit as AA has done?

Old Apr 13, 20, 1:23 pm
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Will UA let Chase spend earn MM/Lifetime mile credit as AA has done?

AA allowing spend from May to December to count towards MM status. That’s one I wish UA had thought of...that’s a great perk. I’d certainly spend more on my UA cards for that. Perhaps UA can convince Chase to help them pay for that? Not sure what the economics behind that are.

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Old Apr 13, 20, 1:35 pm
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Originally Posted by PsiFighter37 View Post
AA allowing spend from May to December to count towards MM status. That’s one I wish UA had thought of...that’s a great perk. I’d certainly spend more on my UA cards for that. Perhaps UA can convince Chase to help them pay for that? Not sure what the economics behind that are.
Well, AA had this before, and while I see some merits, it's a really bad way of watering down the MM program. There is a reason why credit card spend toward MM status had been removed.
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Old Apr 13, 20, 1:42 pm
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Originally Posted by Repooc17 View Post
Well, AA had this before, and while I see some merits, it's a really bad way of watering down the MM program. There is a reason why credit card spend toward MM status had been removed.
UA's MM program is significantly more generous than AA's (which is capped with lowly Plat status at 2MM)... I would anticipate quite a few new lifetime GS members if UA were to include CC spend for the rest of the year.
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Old Apr 13, 20, 1:46 pm
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Originally Posted by PsiFighter37 View Post
AA allowing spend from May to December to count towards MM status. That’s one I wish UA had thought of...that’s a great perk. I’d certainly spend more on my UA cards for that. Perhaps UA can convince Chase to help them pay for that? Not sure what the economics behind that are.
This provides incentive to use the credit card but little incentive for UA and inflates the MMer ranks which is a long term cost for UA. AA did this in the past and may get an incentive -- but AA is by far the the major domestic carrier in most trouble.
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Old Apr 13, 20, 2:00 pm
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Originally Posted by WineCountryUA View Post
This provides incentive to use the credit card but little incentive for UA and inflates the MMer ranks which is a long term cost for UA. AA did this in the past and may get an incentive -- but AA is by far the the major domestic carrier in most trouble.
Yes, what this does is forces the CC company to buy miles from American, thereby injecting cashflow into AA. As WC correctly points out, it also decimates the value of the program by creating congestion at the higher tiers. UA has incurred significant reputational harm over the past two years reducing the congestion at the top. So I doubt UA will follow.

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Old Apr 13, 20, 2:14 pm
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Originally Posted by ps9a View Post
UA's MM program is significantly more generous than AA's (which is capped with lowly Plat status at 2MM)... I would anticipate quite a few new lifetime GS members if UA were to include CC spend for the rest of the year.
I'm so glad UA didn't do this. It would have watered down the program, made the status less meaningful (and therefore less of a thing to work towards), and ultimately result in a lessening of the benefits. But AA previously did count credit card spend, so less of a dilution for AA.
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Old Apr 13, 20, 7:20 pm
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Will UA match AA million mile promotion?

From AA website:

Introducing a promotion to reach Million MilerSM status

$1 spent on eligible AAdvantage® credit cards equals 1 mile toward Million MilerSM status

We’re introducing a limited-time promotion to help you reach Million Miler℠ status and receive benefits like elite status. For all eligible Citi / AAdvantage® and AAdvantage® Aviator products, as well as select AAdvantage® credit cards outside the U.S., every dollar spent on net purchases that post between May 1, 2020, – December 31, 2020, will count as 1 mile toward Million Miler℠ status.
Will UA match this promotion with spending on UA-branded Chase credit cards?
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Old Apr 13, 20, 7:31 pm
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I hope not.
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Old Apr 13, 20, 7:41 pm
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Originally Posted by mahasamatman View Post
I hope not.
Since when does UA follow AA??
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Old Apr 13, 20, 7:43 pm
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No.
AA historically offered this and their MM program is very weak.
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Old Apr 13, 20, 7:52 pm
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Originally Posted by radonc1 View Post
Since when does UA follow AA??
In the dictionary?
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Old Apr 13, 20, 8:23 pm
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Too bad. AA is going to have tens of thousands of new people hitting Platinum (where their MM program caps) because of this promotion. Every small business owner is going to pump their spend through this card for the next several months and then have Platinum fo life. I would be disappointed if I were an AA Platinum member. Then again, AA's debt is so much higher than UA's or Delta's that I guess they are just desperately fighting for survival. Isn't AA also the airline that offered an upfront fee in exchange for free-flying for life years ago? Whey do they do these crazy things that then hurt them for decades to come...
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Old Apr 13, 20, 8:27 pm
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Originally Posted by spartacusmcfly View Post
Too bad. AA is going to have tens of thousands of new people hitting Platinum (where their MM program caps) because of this promotion. Every small business owner is going to pump their spend through this card for the next several months and then have Platinum fo life. I would be disappointed if I were an AA Platinum member. Then again, AA's debt is so much higher than UA's or Delta's that I guess they are just desperately fighting for survival. Isn't AA also the airline that offered an upfront fee in exchange for free-flying for life years ago? Whey do they do these crazy things that then hurt them for decades to come...
Simple. As you were saying, they are fighting for survival.
As you know, the airlines have now been offered a loan as part of their "grant" (they thought it was all free, but not so fast says Mnuchin)
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Old Apr 13, 20, 8:32 pm
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Originally Posted by mahasamatman View Post
I hope not.
I wholeheartedly agree with view of a legend!
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Old Apr 13, 20, 8:44 pm
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Originally Posted by ctownflyer View Post
AA historically offered this
As I recall, Continental did as well.
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