A couple of weeks ago I flew from Tampa to Seattle via Washington Dulles, Orlando, Denver, and Portland, for the same price as Tampa to Seattle via just Denver. Yes, that’s over 75% more miles for the same price. As a consumer I love it, but at the same time there’s something wrong when a company allows that.
Well, it looks like United has finally come to their senses and has realized how ridiculous their routing rules were. For the most part United allowed four transfers in each direction of travel on domestic itineraries, which was just insanely generous. I realized they didn’t intend for people to ever choose to take that many connections, but of course many of us did.
And finally United has made the change. They’re not allowing a bunch of transfers in each direction of travel anymore. As much as I absolutely, positively hate this change as a consumer and in particular mileage runner, I’ve gotta give United credit. It’s a smart business decision, and as much as I’d like to, I definitely can’t blame them. United has certainly lost their mileage run edge.
It’s a sad day for consumers and a happy day for United.