As part of the revamp of their Divided Miles program scheduled to take effect in 2012 US Airways has announced new fees – in addition to the miles required – for upgrades on flights. The upgrade fees will apply to all flights, not just their Envoy long-haul product and the rates are based on the length of the flight.
The good news here is that they are also cutting the miles required in many cases, making the overall upgrade proposition slightly better on the shorter flights. But for anything over 1500 miles or outside of the Continental US and Canada the numbers are not attractive at all.
The fees are waived for all Dividend Miles Preferred members or passengers on Y/B fares.
In addition to the new fees US Airways also announced a couple cuts to their Silver Preferred status level. Those passengers will only be able to check one bag for free going forward, matching a policy change first made by United Airlines a few weeks back and also recently matched by Delta. And the company changed their "quick ticketing fee" cutoff for award reservations from 14 days to 21 days, with a charge of $75 for that service. Silver Preferred members will not be exempt from that fee, though Gold and higher will be.
All in all, a whole lot of downgrades for the Dividend Miles program, though it still isn’t the worst out there by a long ways.
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