not eligible for Mileage Plus accrual.
Ouch! Is the sky falling? Not quite. This definitely sets a bad precedence, given that up until now all revenue fares on United earned miles. For a second I figured all the low fare buckets were screwed, but then I noticed something which made me feel better. When I priced out the “Tware” it’s actually a “G” bucket fare, which is typically used for consolidators. While those fares did (typically) earn miles in the past, they’re hardly for “published” fares.
Therefore I doubt we’ll see United all of a sudden not allowing mileage accrual on low published fares. Another thing that makes me feel better about this is that the fare earns no miles. Why’s that a good thing? Well, if United ever reduced mileage eligibility for lower fare classes, I highly doubt they’d totally get rid of mileage accrual, but instead give maybe 25-50% so people still have a (small) incentive to stick to the airline they’re loyal to.
At the same time I have to wonder what they mean by “not eligible for mileage accrual.” I assume that means no redeemable miles, but does that also mean no elite qualifying miles, no lifetime miles, no miles towards 500 mile upgrades, etc?