What beats getting something you weren’t expecting for free? I’d argue nothing. Well, United is once again following American in offering “year end” Elite Choice Rewards, which are based on your status as of December 31, 2009. All the details can be found here, but basically there are some pretty nice rewards which can be earned in addition to the normal elite choice options. If you cross 125,000 elite qualifying miles you get either two extra systemwide upgrades, a fee waiver of the fee for the Chase card which gets you Red Carpet Club access, or 25,000 bonus redeemable miles.
While this isn’t as generous as American’s offer (which allows you to choose two of those options), it’s pretty darn good! Now if only they’d offer special rewards for 200,000 EQM’s, 300,000 EQM’s, etc., I’d be an even happier camper. 😉