I can understand that because of mergers United wants to make the qualification process more difficult. Too many 1K's and platinum flying the "friendly skies". Now we need more $$$$ and more actual miles flown. I can even understand limiting the gold members to two 70lb suitcases when flying domestically. We fly and pay for our status and at the end all is devalued. What I don't understand is why when we want to treat our family members with our hard earned miles to an award ticket, the ticket is not acknowledged by matching status of the receiver to the giver. If I, a 1K, wish to treat my kids to a RT ticket they will not be entitled to the perks of my miles; no extra suitcases, no economy plus seats. This is just mean spirited. It does not contribute to the process of thinning the ranks of FF premiere passengers. It is Scrooge thinking how to make our status and miles, paid and earned by their best customers, less valuable. Really United! You are "biting the hand that feeds you." Shame on you!