United Mileage Plus Changes for 2004

United just announced changes for 2004. Details remain a bit sketchy.

    “Our Mileage Plus program is ranked number one for one simple reason – because we reward our loyal customers better than any other airline,” said John Tague, Executive Vice President – Customer.

Ranked #1 by whom? Alaska Airlines won the Freddie Award for best program and America West won for best elite level.

Changes for 2005 include:

  • Class of service bonuses count towards elite status. This way United rewards premium passengers without hurting passengers flying coach fares.

  • Mileage bonuses upon qualifying for elite status — 2500 miles for qualifying as a Premier and 10,000 miles for qualifying as a Premier Executive. Interestingly, no additional mileage upon reaching 100,000 flown miles and 1K status.

  • “Six electronic systemwide upgrades with limited restrictions for Premier Executive

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Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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