On the bright side, we can expect more posts in future like this one by jswong, offering soon-to-expire SWUS. On the negative side, if your flying patterns result in your earning a lot of EQMs early in the calendar year and early requalification for 1K, UA's terms and conditions will now result in SWUs that you will only have use of for 12 months from the date you qualify for 1K, rather than for the entire calendar year. I've already e-mailed my concerns to 1K Voice, and received a polite - even friendly - reply stating that they would be forwarded to the marketing department for review. In our situation Mrs. Fredd and I still have unused SWUs for the current year and are scheduled to requalify for 1K unusually early for us, leaving us with relatively little time to use them in 2012. This is resulting in our contemplating travel on other carriers, because we'll apparently be "penalized" by this new policy for being good UA customers. I suggest that anybody who might be negatively impacted by this change now or in the future write UA and request that they make SWUs valid at the least for the balance of the calendar year that the customer is a 1K. N.B. this has been discussed extensively on FT here and here and I think worth considering here as well.