New Award Travel Change Fees For General MileagePlus Members Effective Immediately
If you are a general member of the United Airlines MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program who has an award ticket which needs to be changed or canceled and you have no Premier elite status, you will pay extra money for that privilege effective immediately as per the chart shown below:
Information pertaining to Premier Elite Members — as well as the fee to book award travel for all MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program members, including general members with no status — were intentionally omitted from the above chart because those fees have not changed at all.
Be careful to not confuse the new $200.00 change fee for award tickets at the bottom of the above chart with the change fee for revenue tickets announced on April 19, 2013 by United Airlines.
As expected, many FlyerTalk members who were already shell-shocked with the announcement of Premier Qualification Dollars — a new revenue component to qualify for Premier elite status — by United Airlines fewer than 24 hours earlier are not happy about this latest perceived devaluation which was implemented with no advance notice.
I would not be surprised if other airlines — such as American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and US Airways — followed the lead of United Airlines pertaining to implementing similar change fees for general members of their respective frequent flier loyalty programs within the next month or so…
…and I do not believe that the airlines are finished with their “enhancements” just yet…