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  1. David Gong (@dagongster)
    David Gong (@dagongster) at |

    I prefer this horse to be beaten than credit card pimpin’ disguised as “breaking news.” Though, I’m sure many of these posts had gratuitous links to the Chase United Explorer cards and Sapphire/Ink cards.

  2. Charles
    Charles at |

    I flew 130K on UA last year. This year 32K Star PQM most of which was not on UA.
    I will use my GPUs, burn my miles, and fly UA only if there is no other viable option.
    It is a shame the UA longer values its high value customers.

  3. rob
    rob at |

    You should do a follow-up post on which blogs used the devaluation as an excuse to pimp the Ultimate Rewards cards

    Not surprising to any of us I’m sure, that includes some of the larger boarding area blogs, especially a certain blogger who prefers not to take things multiple miles at a time

  4. skip
    skip at |

    Miles at a time got banned from ua years ago. Thats why he flies aa.

    1. Michael D
      Michael D at |

      @Skip He’s kind of the poster boy for ‘over entitled elite’ a la Rainey as are some of the author’s quoted by our lost columnist. 🙂

  5. Greg
    Greg at |

    What’s striking is that few are calling out the elimination of stopovers on open-jaw tickets.

    Especially those who gratuitously abused it and relied on telling how to abuse it to build a following. Fortunately Chase/UA were smart and didn’t let the gratuitous ones make money off their cards.

  6. Michael D
    Michael D at |

    Frequently Flyer Programs are not a natural right, such as freedom of speech, etc the ways so many seem to talk about them. They are a gimmick to make people spend more money with the particular airline. United doesn’t think they are getting as much bang from their FFP buck as they could spending it else where or just holding on to it so they are changing their FFP.

    If people complain, write endless blog post , … about how bad it is and United doesn’t see a correlation or -gasp- there isn’t one between these devaluations which have occurred since _fill_in_your_date_ then they aren’t going to change and may get ‘worse’.

    If these changes are bad for airlines bottom dollar or in fact if things are bad for the airlines for any reason, then things will revert and/or some other bangle will be dangled in front of us to chase (no ®).

    If not, get use to it. 🙂

  7. Erik
    Erik at |

    I read a lot of these “miles and points” blogs… what is shocking is that there are so many! I’m only reading about 20% of this list. 🙂

  8. aw
    aw at |

    i dont understand the following:

    on a mileage flight if departure and destination are same but you change the city connecting at after Feb 1st -does this change
    number of miles to new requirements?

    similarly,as stopovers on openjaw roundtrips will be bannedafter feb 1st,if you change the connecting city will this invalidate the openjaw roundtrip or push it to higher mileage requirements?

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