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United announced changes to its MileagePlus program back in November (read more here) that were supposed to take place on February 1, 2014. United already once moved the implementation of the award chart by two days this past weekend (read more here).

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United spokesperson has now tried to clarify what changes are allowed on existing awards without repricing them at higher levels + what feeder flights you can take with partner airlines keeping it under United’s own metal award chart. [click to continue...]

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The new greatly “enhanced” award chart was supposed to take place on February 1, 2014, but this implementation has now been delayed by two days. The new chart will take effect on February 3, 2014.

You can read my take of these coming changes changes here and here.

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The bottom line is that, if you use your United award miles for partner awards in business and first class, your miles will be worth a lot less come February 3. [click to continue...]

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United made a major announcement of devaluing MileagePlus miles used for partner itineraries on November 1, 2013, that will take effect on February 1, 2014. You can read my take of these changes here and here.

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The bottom line is that, if you use your United award miles for partner awards in business and first class, your miles will be worth a lot less come February 1. [click to continue...]

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United is still having computer problems three years on after the merger with the Continental took place. There is a very good piece on Bloomberg about the issues (access here).

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The recent flight cancellations weren’t entirely due to bad weather or the new longer rest rules mandated by FAA, but also due to United losing track of hundreds of pilots. [click to continue...]

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The CEO of United Airlines, Mr. Smisek, was a guest on CNN’s Quest Means Business (November 19) talking about the airlines goal of reducing costs by two billion dollars and the goal of more ancillary revenue.

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If you have a chance to watch the show, you should. Unfortunately, I was not able to find a link to the piece on CNN’s website. Edit: LoyaltyLobby reader pointed me the video of this interview that you can access on CNN’s website here. [click to continue...]

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United Airlines is again having 20% economy award discount on return North America to/from Europe itineraries for travel between January 13 and March 11, 2014, that are ticketed by November 19.

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Note that this only applies for United operated flights and you do need to book a return award ticket, although open jaw is allowed. You cannot use any partner Star Alliance airlines, however. [click to continue...]

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Many frequent fliers use an online tool called ExpertFlyer to monitor award and upgrade inventories on number of airlines. Two weeks ago Delta made ExpertFlyer to remove their upgrade inventory and United did the same yesterday. ExpertFlyer lost the access to AA’s sticker upgrades already while ago.

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ExpertFlyer’s announcement about Delta: [click to continue...]

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United seems to be pushing their MileagePlus Shopping program a lot lately. They now have a new offer for up to 1,500 bonus miles for three purchases of $25 or more between October 22 and November 11, 2013.

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You earn 500 bonus miles for first purchase of $25 or more and an additional 1,000 bonus miles for two separate additional purchases of $25 or more during the promotional period. [click to continue...]

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United Airlines was fined $1.1 million by the Department of Transportation (DOT) for delaying passengers on ground (not letting them out) for more than the set maximum 3-hour limit.

You can read more about this incident on Bloomberg’s website here.

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On July 13, 2013, 939 passengers were on board of these flights that exceeded the time limit. Two of the affected airplanes didn’t have working lavatories. [click to continue...]