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!
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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?
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