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  1. ArizonaGuy
    ArizonaGuy at |

    Eh. It’s still decent for the elites. Award processing and quick ticketing fees for elites are gone, according to my email.

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  3. Andrew
    Andrew at |

    How is this “a whole lot of downgrades”?

    The varying mileage levels can be considered a big upgrade for elites…the only “downgrade” as far as the upgrades go are for non-preferred members who were using miles to upgrade on flights 2000+ miles.

    As you said, the Silver benefits are now aligned with UA/DL…sure it’s a downgrade from where it is today, but it’s not much of one.

    If anything I’d say these changes are fairly neutral…maybe you could argue “a slight net negative change,” but not “a whole lot of downgrades.”

  4. Andrew
    Andrew at |

    I guess I’m looking at it as a US elite who doesn’t have to pay the co-pays. The fact that I can book a long-ish flight like CLT-DEN for only 7,500 miles or a transcon like PHL-SFO for 10,000 is a 50% and 33% reduction in miles from the old model, respectively. And in terms of something like Hawaii, I’m not even sure you could use miles to upgrade previously (I feel like you had to either book an award flight outright, or use an upgrade instrument…but I’m not positive on that)–but even so, to have some of the longest flights in the domestic system remain at the mileage level that ANY flight was previously, doesn’t seem too bad to me.

    I agree that from a non-elite perspective, the co-pays for longer flights and Mexico/Caribbean/etc suck.

  5. Andrew
    Andrew at |

    I meant to add that the potential downside to this (in fact I’d be shocked if this didn’t happen) is that UDU availability on longer flights will shrink as a result of it being cheaper for elites to confirm an upgrade on these long flights.