Tomorrow is January 31, so I figured I’d post a quick reminder of the things to potentially take action on by tomorrow:
Huge United MileagePlus award chart devaluation
Back in November United announced a huge award chart devaluation, which kicks in for bookings made on or after February 1, 2014.
Premium cabin Star Alliance awards are being hit the hardest, and in some cases the cost of premium cabin redemptions will increase ~100%. You can compare the old and new charts here:
If you haven’t yet redeemed your United MileagePlus miles, here are some posts that are hopefully helpful:
- The best uses of United MileagePlus miles pre-devaluation
- Star Alliance airlines with the best first class award availability
- Star Alliance airlines with the best business class award availability
- A possible way to lock in MileagePlus awards (including Lufthansa first class) for future travel at pre-devaluation rates
- What changes you can make after January 31, 2014, without triggering a reprice
February 1 is going to be a sad, sad day for MileagePlus. I think this Nelly Furtado song just about sums up how we should all be feeling (especially in regards to Star Alliance premium cabin awards):
US Airways 100% bonus on purchased miles ends
US Airways has targeted those that purchased miles in 2013, to offer them a 100% bonus, which is their standard “buy miles” promotion. That brings down the cost of purchased miles to 1.88 cents each. While that’s not a rate at which I’d speculatively purchase US Airways miles, it can be a great value, especially for business class travel between the US and North Asia, which costs just 90,000 miles roundtrip.
Of course there’s a chance they’ll launch another promotion on February 1, though there’s no way to know for sure.
Delta’s new award chart officially kicks in
This isn’t really something to take action on, though it’s worth mentioning nonetheless.
Last August Delta announced they’d be devaluing their award chart for travel on/after June 1, 2014. However, after United announced their award chart devaluation, Delta decided to announce yet another interim award chart devaluation, which would apply for travel between February 1 and May 31, 2014. Like I said this isn’t anything to take action on since the pricing is based on travel date and not booking date, so it’s too late now (well, unless you manage to book a trip for tomorrow).
Uber promotional $20 referral credit ends
On a promotional basis Uber has been offering a $20 referral credit for the month of January, which is double the normal referral credit. Through this promotion, both the person referring and person being referred get a $20 credit. Uber is awesome and I use it just about everywhere I travel where public transportation isn’t convenient.
You can sign up using my referral link (I’m of course very appreciative of your support), or feel free to post your referral link in the comments section below and someone can use that.
So, anyone still have a United MileagePlus redemption they have to make by tomorrow? If anyone has any questions on the above, feel free to post them in the comments below!