United Airlines Drastically Devalues Mileage Plus Currency, By Trent Swanson

United Airlines devalued their loyalty currency last week for flights beginning 11/15/19. They will now roughly match the value of SkyMiles, which, if you follow my posts, know are among the least valuable frequent flyer currencies around.

It will soon cost 50,000-80,000+ United miles for a simple US domestic coach ticket, compared to 25K miles today.

Do you fly United, and/or collect United miles? These are the things you need to do right now:

  • If not flying United to earn status, immediately credit your flights to Aeroplan or Avianca’s Life Miles program.
  • Stop earning United miles on non-flying activities (e.g., MileagePlusX app, shopping portals, dining plans, rental cars, etc.)
  • Stop spending on United credit cards (after you’ve unlocked the sign-on bonus.)
  • If not chasing status AND live in a hub shared with American Airlines, switch your flying allegiance to American, whose miles are worth more.
  • If anybody has a stash of United miles they were planning to use for that special trip, you’ll need to get that trip booked ASAP. There is a mad rush to grab the last available award inventory. Further, United will likely dramatically reduce the remaining pre-11/15/19 award inventory to curb their losses. DM me with questions, concerns or if you need any destination ideas!
  • You can email directly at MilesHusband@gmail.com.
  • For my latest miles and points tips, please follow me on my Facebook page.

What is the best trip or deal you’ve ever scored using United miles? Does this news change plans you’ve had to save up for a big trip?

Please share in the comments section on my home page: mileshuband.com

We used United miles to fly from Dubai to Milan, Italy in Lufthansa First Class. July 2017. We are not happy about the the devalued United MileagePlus currency.
70,000 United MileagePlus miles +$80/per person got us from Dubai to Milan, Italy in Lufthansa First Class.
We used United miles to fly from Dubai to Milan, Italy in Lufthansa First Class. July 2017. We are not happy about the the devalued United MileagePlus currency.
Enjoying caviar service in Lufthansa First Class, back when United Mileage Plus miles were worth so much more.

Trent Swanson, who spends his days running an IT consulting firm, is an expert in earning and burning airlines miles.  He and his wife, Daryn Kagan, are the team behind the success of mileshusband.com.

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