Benefits and Risks of Eliminating Award Charts and a New Feature of the American Airlines App

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  1. The rental car one appears to be the other way around: Someone renamed the car’s Bluetooth name to POS, rather than someone’s phone being named that.

  2. The Benefits and Risks analysis from PDD is very well done. However I think it undervalues the cost hit to United because of the following factors:

    (1) More customers will redeem for *A partner awards, which could cost UA real $$ when it has to true up accounts with its partners
    (2) Conversely, UA customers may instead decide to use *A partners to book award travel on UA (to the extent those partners offer cheaper awards on UA metal) and thus UA loses out on revenue from UA mileage sales
    (3) the value of lost sales from top customers who decide to start booking elsewhere (because they no longer want UA miles) is significant but not calculated.

    UA has been way off in the past when forecasting the costs/benefits of new programs (e.g. Basic Economy) so no reason to think they got it right here.

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