Although the rescissions are disappointing, especially the RDM-earning changes that really reduce the benefit for most cost-controlled travel, MP does still deliver significant value. 1. Last week, I flew several domestic sectors including that 789. I was upgraded at the T-96H window and then T-48 for the following 739. The return didn't look good because of heavy FCM action on the 320 (only one pax shown as "upgraded" on UA.COM, all other seats must have been paid F/FCM) and some kind of event in my destination city causing generally heavy loads. But after boarding as the #2 on the UG list, I received a battlefield UG just prior to door closure. Yes, yes, it was a 320 and the flight wasn't overlong, but at least the system was followed. Other pax noted this: one guy tapped me on the shoulder as he disembarked and asked me "GS or 1K? Saw the last-minute UG, just wanted to know." 1K seemed to satisfy him. Probably a quick shena-check, maybe he's here reading this now 2. Applied GPU's to LH-issued TATL ticket for Shark and fam after finding a flight with R>3 and booking in an upgradeable class. All processed immediately, no trouble no drama. This simple success contrasts with the ongoing mess of instrument-supported upgrades over at DL SM. 3. Booked a short-notice one-way TATL award in Y to return Ms Shark to the salt mines after Shroud viewing time. Alternative paid itins were either gigantically expensive and/or totally inconvenient for return to mines. This was all facilitated by MP. In spite of the uinimaginative race-to-the-bottom tactics of UA mangement, MP's overall product is still significantly better than DL SM. As we all know by now, DL SM can only be described one way. Who knows for how long, but at the moment, some MP aspects still work well and they improve the travel experience.