United’s CEO Jeff Smisek has once again shown that he’s not one to ever miss an opportunity to match an unfriendly move made by Delta (though he never copies the good). He seems to think he can deliver all of the cuts that Delta does without improving the actual product as Delta has done. And this is all a copy-paste of what Delta already announced for 2015.
I doubt it will be too long before AA mAAtches, but boy they will get a lot of new frequent flyers if they don’t.
-Base members will earn 5 miles per dollar, Silvers will earn 7, Golds will earn 8, Platinums will earn 9, and 1K and GS members will earn 11. Just like with Delta, there is a limit of 75K miles that you can earn per ticket, so if you are flying on an ultra-expensive ticket be sure to book it as 2 one-ways.
-Miles are earned on base airfare and fuel surcharges. They are not earned on taxes.
-Revenue based earning will apply for all United flights when credited to the United program.
-Revenue based earning will apply for all partner flights when the ticket is issued by United and the flight are credited to the United program.
-Mileage based earning will apply to partner flights when the ticket is issued by partner airlines and when the flight is credited to the United program.
-I’d presume that United flights credited to partner airlines will still earn miles based on the distance flown.
-Currently a non-elite flying round-trip between JFK and Los Angeles on a $300+tax ticket earns 4,950 miles. Come 2015 and that flight will earn a paltry 1,500 miles. A silver elite currently earns 6,188 miles but come 2015 and they will earn 2,100 miles. A gold elite currently earns 7,425 miles but come 2015 and they will earn 2,400 miles. A platinum elite currently earns 8,663 miles but come 2015 and they will earn 2,700 miles. A 1K elite currently earns 9,900 miles but come 2015 and they will earn 3,300 miles.
-Elite status will continue to be earned based on mileage actually flown.
-In early 2015, you will have the ability to use miles for new options such as Economy Plus one-time purchases, Economy Plus subscriptions and checked baggage subscriptions.
-Miles earned from credit card spending will remain unchanged. If anything they become more valuable as there will be fewer miles in the system earned from actual flights.