Well, I read this on the blogs four hours ago and I'm shocked there's not a thread about this yet on MP. That's also upsetting, but not as much as the partner award changes coming from UA. We've been blessed. Timing was impeccable up to now. We've flown First Class on Lufthansa, Swiss, BA, UA, Thai and Cathay Pacific. But this change, which I see as a new paradigm for all the airlines, is extremely bad news. No matter how many credit cards you sign up for and how savvy you are, pick one of these aspirational awards and most can't afford it. The rest would use almost all of their miles. Game over. For the last year, we've been considering buying a second home in Florida. At 65 years of age, traveling with 2 carry-ons, two suitcases and golf clubs has gotten old! Still looking forward to our trip to Southern France, Paris and Berlin next Spring but my sense is it may be a swan song. May be time to chuck it all and enjoy going from NJ to Florida. If, as I believe, the sale and promotion of points/miles is a major income source for airlines and hotels, they may have killed the goose that laid the golden egg. Those of us who have been at it for a few years will probably be talking, in the years ahead, of the good old days. I guess we should have known this was coming as the accumulation of miles became so easy. But I have to wonder what their next act is. Sad day.