I have searched and searched online, but I can't find the details of Copa's coming independence that an agent told me about on Wednesday. She said that they will be a totally independent airline in 2014, but everything I find indicates that they are already totally independent. Their livery is almost identical to United's. This dates back to their original affiliation with Continental. According to this agent, they will still be MileagePlus participants, with their flights still counting as UA metal. They are simply going to be 100% owned and managed as a separate company. I don't see what the difference is from today. Living in Latin America, I fly them frequently. They are a great airline, and upgrades are so easy that I consider any fare to be an instant-upgrade fare. On my flight Wednesday from MCO-PTY-SJO, the Clase Ejecutiva cabin had only 5 passengers in a 16 seat cabin from MCO-PTY. There were also a couple of open seats up front from PTY-SJO. Add in the 25% PQM bonus when elite and booking on copa.com, and they are my favorite mode of transportation between here and the USA. The mention that something might change kind of concerns me. I like them just the way they are. If anyone here knows the details, I would sure appreciate it if you would share them. P.S. - Shouldn't this thread be renamed "United | MileagePlus (Including Copa)"?