Full fare passengers can now earn big bonus points on United flights, similar to the program American Airlines introduced at the beginning of the year. More than similar, really; the earning rates are identical:
The main difference is that United’s promo ends on 28 February 2015 while American’s runs through the end of the year. Why? Because on 1 March 2015 United switches to a revenue-based earning scheme which should see most passengers flying on the premium fares rewarded quite handsomely without the need for the bonus points. So, yes, United is copying American here but only insomuch as American tried to “copy” the earn rates United or Delta passengers will earn on premium fares without switching to such a program outright (yet).
One other interesting bit to note on this promo is that it covers all flights operated by United Airlines and also flights sold as UA flight numbers but operated by joint venture partners Air Canada, All Nippon Airways, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Lufthansa or Swiss International Airlines. This is a HUGE change from tradition with MileagePlus promos by including partner-operated flights. And that’s mostly good news for passengers.
Doesn’t do much for me on my cheap tickets, but I know a few people who should benefit nicely from this deal.
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