I’m not going to lie, my heart almost stopped beating for a second when I got an email in my inbox entitled “Dividend Miles program changes.” I’m sure I’m not the only one with a (small) stash of US Airways miles that’s waiting for the day they double the price of premium cabin Star Alliance awards.
But they made a change, which kicks in on February 15, 2012, that’s not actually half bad. Basically, instead of charging 15,000 miles for any upgrade to first class in the lower 48, they now charge based on the distance, as follows:
Best of all, those co-pays are waived if you’re a Preferred member or traveling on a full fare ticket.
So for elite members, this is actually a nice improvement, since in all cases this translates to a discounted upgrade.
For non-elites, it means you’re paying fewer miles to upgrade, but also paying an upgrade fee. On shorter flights it’s definitely a better value, though.
Anyway, on the whole I’ll say it’s a pretty neutral change. Now here’s to hoping that their Star Alliance award chart doesn’t change anytime soon…