United Mileage Plus award chart changes are coming June 15, 2011

While the new award chart is not active yet, this Mileage Plus page suggests we’ll see some changes to the award chart as of June 15, 2011, as follows:

• We will lower the mileage requirement for domestic award trips that are less than 700 miles one way. OnePass members have enjoyed this benefit, and now Mileage Plus members can, too.
• Some destinations will be included in different regions. Most notably, Mexico will become its own region instead of being considered part of Central America, and Guam will be considered part of Oceania.
• Some United and Star Alliance™ Award amounts will change; however many popular award routes, including North America to the Caribbean, will remain the same.
• Some Mileage Plus Upgrade Award and Star Alliance™ Upgrade Award amounts will change.

And I’ve gotta admit, that’s some of the finest marketing speak I’ve read in a very long time. Notice how they suggest they will lower mileage requirements for some awards, will change regions for certain destinations, and then mention how “some amounts will change.” While they use the word “lower,” they don’t use the terms like “raise,” “increase,” etc.

Pssh, I’m sure they wouldn’t mislead us. Obviously they’re just lowering prices across the board. 😉

As soon as the new award chart goes live I’ll have another post on the topic. In all honesty, I expect we’ll see increases of 5,000-10,000 miles across the board, except for a basic domestic award (no airline would dare mess with the theoretical 25,000 mile award… the credit card companies would throw a fit).

Comments

  1. The economy reward to Europe goes to 60,000 from 55,000 for saver round trip. Guam used to be 60,000 coach now 70,000. The PR dept worded it good but is really just BS increased rewards I see when viewing changes quickly. (Based on continental old charts.)

  2. Actually, the link to the UA page does use the word “increase” in the last bullet point:

    – Some Mileage Plus Upgrade Award and Star Alliance™ Upgrade Award amounts will increase.

  3. Looks like they listened to you – now the page you linked says increase and will go up.

    Here are some examples of what will be changing:

    We will lower the mileage requirement for domestic award trips that are less than 700 miles one way. OnePass members have enjoyed this benefit, and now Mileage Plus members can, too.

    Some destinations will be included in different regions. Most notably, Mexico will become its own region instead of being considered part of Central America.

    Some United and Star Alliance™ Award amounts will go up; however many popular award routes, including North America to Hawaii and the Caribbean, will remain the same.

    Some Mileage Plus Upgrade Award and Star Alliance™ Upgrade Award amounts will increase.

  4. the new chart is up! Great news only increases are to Mid East and N Africa both only increasing by 2.5K! N Asia and S Asia Actually DECREASE by 2.5K miles!

    Wow, I don’t really know what to say.

  5. South American and Europe also increase. Oceania decreases.

    What’s the purpose behind separating Mexico into it’s own category?

  6. Maybe you can help me understand this, they say “Some destinations will be included in different regions. Most notably, Mexico will become its own region instead of being considered part of Central America.”

    Why did they break CA and Mexico into separate regions but then charge the same amount for both? Am I missing something here?

  7. Business class to Europe is now 100k miles vs. 105k. Economy went from 55k to 60k as mentioned above. It’s also notable that the relation between saver and standard awards has changed: a standard award may now be more or less than double the saver award.

  8. @4Health, if you travel in First from Mexico to Central, it now costs more than just Mexico to Mexico.

  9. They implemented the CO award chart for international mileage upgrades, and they raised the mileage needed for many international mileage awards. There are two different high fare mileage upgrade levels with B class requiring more miles than Y class. This is lame.

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