United Announces Changes to MileagePlus Frequent Flyer Program
The changes, which go info effect on October 6, focus on award ticket fees and how multi-city award tickets are booked.
The Chicago-based carrier is streamlining its fees for making changes to or cancelling award tickets. Changes or cancellations more than 61 days in advance made by those who have to pay fees in the first place (top-tier elite members of MileagePlus are fully exempt) range from $25 for a Premier Gold member to change or cancel an award itinerary more than 61 days prior to departure to $125 for a member with no status to change or cancel an itinerary 60 days or fewer prior to departure.
Those who wish to book multi-city trips on the airline’s website will find they can book what the airline refers to as “more customized” tickets on the site once the changes go into effect.
United is also replacing stopovers on award tickets with what it calls an “Excursionist Perk.” While the awkwardly-named feature is similar to a stopover, the airline says there are differences although it didn’t provide any meaningful ones in its announcement beyond saying the stopover on a round-trip ticket must be in the same MileagePlus zone
Finally, changes on Star Alliance partner airlines must be made at least 24 hours prior to departure, and changes to tickets for flights on ANA within Japan, i.e. those without international connections, must be made a minimum of four days prior to departure.
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