To kick off the new year United has made a huge devaluation to their earnings structure for premium cabin travel on partner airlines.
As most of you probably know you can earn United PQMs (Premier Qualifying Miles) for travel on any Star Alliance airline. For the most part premium cabin travel on partner airlines would accrue 125-150% PQMs, just as United issues bonus PQMs for paid premium cabin travel on their own flights.
However, with the exception of Air Canada, ANA, Austrian, Brussels, COPA, Lufthansa, SAS, Swiss, and USAirways, United is no longer issuing more than 100% PQMs for travel on partner airlines.
For example, take a look at the accrual chart for Singapore Airlines:
As you can see, even a paid suites class ticket only accrues 100% PQMs.
This is a huge devaluation for those that credit partner airline flights to United. I suspect United is either trying to thin their elite ranks or incentivize passengers to travel on United instead of their partner airlines, or probably both. It would have been nice if they gave some advance notice of this (since I assume passengers have booked travel on partner airlines with the intent to credit United and earn bonus PQMs), or at the very least announced the change rather than just updating their accrual charts.
(Tip of the hat to Miles from Blighty)