Sudden Big Changes to Mileage Plus airline partner mileage accrual
by: The Nomad
This has been the year of changes. We have seen so many changes this year; I have seriously starting to forget what the situation was last year. The latest changes to United Mileage Plus (MP)and Continental One Pass (OP) have been surreptitiously introduced. However it is difficult to creep past the hawk-eye of frequent fliers.
Various fare classes on Swiss (LX) and Lufthansa (LH) now earn lesser EQMs (elite qualifying miles) and RDMs (redeemable miles). The details:
- L and K: 100% ® 0%
- P: 0% ® 100% (MP) , 150% (OP) (LX changed their code for discount business class)
- T: 100% ® 0% (OP)
- E: 0% ® 100% (MP)
- T and K : 100% ® 0% (MP) for transcontinental flights
Isn’t this atrocious? Many of us plan trips with mileage goals in mind. We take care to book only in classes that earn miles. What would happen to tickets that have already been booked? This sudden change would rip hundreds if not thousands of flyers of EQMs and RDMs. If you booked a trip to Asia in LH T class (usually the cheapest), you have been robbed of at least 20K EQM/RDM roundtrip!
Note that the detrimental changes (especially LH) affect mostly the price-conscious mid and low-tier flyer who can still eke out hours in Y if the price is cheap; no SWUs (system wise upgrades) to think of. I had written earlier about how United’s elite benefits are stripping the mid and low-tier flyers of crucial benefits. I have a feeling these changes are related.
I have to sit and calmly decide which airline program I should be loyal to