Delta Skymiles are Skypesos, since they’re worth so much less than competitor currencies.
But what about United miles now that they’ve announced an absolute bloodletting of their award chart?
Frequent Miler suggests “Stardust.”
After Continental took over at United, United’s million miler frequent flyers were promised that they would continue to get annual upgrades. Almost immediately, though, those were taken away.
The ‘new’ United increased change fees on award tickets. They prioritized individual transactions over long-term loyalty by giving single trip full fare elites — even Silver elites — upgrade priority over 100,000 mile flyers. They started selling cheap upgrades to anyone at check-in rather than upgrading elites. And they prioritized ‘supported’ upgrades, such as mileage upgrades, over elite upgrades. So a general member with a co-branded Visa could upgrade ahead of an elite domestically.
What’s more their computer systems remain very broken. Their upgrade processes are broken, they do not run waitlists properly or continually. Savvy flyers using supported upgrades can ‘jump the queue’ by watching for space to open up. Their new computer system doesn’t even consistently properly ticket award travel on partner airlines pushing through ticket numbers to partners (meaning that award reservations can wind up mysteriously cancelled because the partner thinks they weren’t ticketed).
The one true improvement since the merger is the elimination of partner award blocking or throttling, where the airline denies that partner airlines are offering award seats even though those seats are available. But now with these new changes those seats have gotten much more expenseive.
These changes are just one more of United CEO Jeff Smisek’s “changes you’re going to like.”
When Smisek & Co took over they rebranded United’s “Mileage Plus” as “MileagePlus”
Now I think perhaps the better term would be MileagePoo.
That’s my first thought. The biggest drawback is the lack of a ‘plural’ but that’s not really required. Now that British Airways uses Avios, you can have 1 Avios or 100,000 Avios. And they prefer to say ‘Avios’ rather than ‘Avios points’ which they view as redundant.
I’m not a huge fan of that, and my suggestion means you’d have 1 MileagePoo or 100,000 MileagePoo (not MileagePoos). That may work better than MileagePoo miles. Then again, ‘MileagePoo miles’ could become the preferred usage.
What do you think?