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Category: United MileagePlus

Jan 23

United Adds Premium Economy. Are The Good Times Over?

United became the third airline to announce a premium economy cabin, which spokesperson Maggie Schmerin teased a few days ago. What Is Premium Economy? I’ve discussed Premium Economy before, but here’s a quick review: The gap between traditional economy and business class, particularly on international products, is tremendous. Passengers have clamored for a better economy …

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Jan 22

American Announces Chicago-New York Shuttle. Airline Geeks Geek-Out

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Last week, American made the kind of announcement that generally gets passed over in the general news (mostly because it isn’t that important) but gets aerosexuals all hot and bothered. There’s a new shuttle coming! The ORD-LGA Shuttle In an announcement that listed a bunch of new routes for American Airlines, the carrier also noted …

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Jan 20

Up To 600 United Miles: Opinion Miles Club

Surveys are a good way to earn some extra points, miles or dollars. Most airlines offer them and they’re easy enough partners to use. Opinion Miles Club for United Airlines is one such partner. But there may be a better reason than the miles to join. Opinion Miles Club At United, you can earn up …

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Dec 05

United Miles For Sale At 1.8-1.9 Cents Per Mile

I often see attempts at valuing miles. On an airline like Southwest or JetBlue, it’s easy to do, since the price of a ticket in points is based on the cash cost of the ticket. Higher cash cost equals more points, and it tends to be a pretty consistent ratio. It’s harder to do with …

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Oct 19

United Airlines: This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

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United Airlines’ Operational “Improvements” This one is going to be quick, because it’s more a matter of something that tickled my funny bone than anything else. United Airlines has its quarterly analyst conference call this morning and, of course, it started off with some unintentional humor. Management started off by bragging about its employees’ “new …

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Oct 17

Around The Industry: Tuesday Tidbits

JetBlue Is Enhancing Boarding Finding the fastest way to board an aircraft has proven to be the Gordian Knot of the airline industry. Just about every method has been tried, with every attempt generating roughly the same level of success (or failure, as the case may be). The airlines could take a big step toward …

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Oct 10

United MileagePlus X

This is part 2 of the instant rebate apps post. United MileagePlus X This one has been around a while, but I spend less time on United than I do most of the other airlines so, well, my bad. United offers the MileagePlus X app, which gives you United miles for making purchases. You don’t …

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Sep 22

Is Next Year The Big One For Mileage Devaluation?

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First, I’d like to wish a happy new year to everyone who is celebrating it. And if you aren’t celebrating a new year, let me assure you that apples and honey makes an excellent combination. Could Redemptions Go Dollar-Based? I got to thinking a lot about what to expect over the next year and, as …

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Sep 18

Increased Airline Elite Status Through The Starwood/Marriott Merger (Or Vice Versa)

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Mergers are generally not viewed as favorable for consumers. By concentrating power in fewer, rather than more, suppliers, the merged companies are often able to increase pricing, since there are fewer competitors. Sometimes, though, combining benefits can work in your favor. Such is the case when it comes from earning airline elite status* through your …

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Sep 12

United Partner Offer, Possibly Targeted

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Keep your eyes open for a partner offer from United, which may or may not be targeted.* Yesterday, I was reading a book about Las Vegas and thinking about the subject of casino complimentary gifts, or “comps.” A comp is a free perk that a casino gives you, whether it’s a free meal, a suite …

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