The competition was pretty weak but Mileage Plus was announced this morning as the surviving frequent flier program name for the new United Airlines. This isn’t much of a surprise given the previous announcements about various other components of the program that are coming out, but it was still a decision that had to be made and an announcement to be communicated.
Sadly, however, there are no other details being released at this time. That said, at least the company knows people are waiting for answers:
Later this year we will announce the specific details of the 2012 Mileage Plus program, including mileage expiration, account numbers, lifetime status, elite tiers, qualification and benefits.
The one somewhat significant bit that they did include in the announcement is that "lifetime status (if applicable) will be preserved as we transition to a single program in 2012." It is not clear what that really means but given the wide disparity between the two lifetime programs it is nice to see that they are planning on "preserving" the status that exists today.
- Breaking down the new United/Continental award chart
- Miles now fungible between Continental and United
- United commits to keeping EconomyPlus in the new fleet
- Continental and United announce reciprocity – aka The other shoe drops
- Continental/United merger approved by DoJ
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