United Club Membership Fees to Increase

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  1. Captain Oveur
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    Another change we're going to like....

    From an e-mail from United....
     
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    We knew it was coming.. You can't have all those great food offerings without someone paying for it! :rolleyes:
     
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    Do they list the new prices??
     
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    Next they'll raise the price for the Club Credit Cards. As a lifetime member I am looking forward to the day that no one can afford to join and I'll have the place to myself...
     
  5. Captain Oveur
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    For me, it's not so much the food thing (I agree it could be upgraded, but I'm not there for a three-course meal), but the shrinking number of CSRs. And with many agents who still have to refer to their handy guide for SHARES information, the shortfall of agents gets noticed even more.
     
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  6. Mackieman
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    Not in the e-mail. I still see $475 on the UA website.

    Any price increase makes the UA Presidential Plus card a tad more lucrative for some folks.
     
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    I just hope this is not offered the same way as buy up upgrades .
     
  8. Captain Oveur
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    I'm genuinely surprised they haven't concocted some way to either terminate the deal on some technicality or do something like pro football teams and charge some kind of annual seat license fee.
     
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    I absolutely think this is bad. Compared to US Airways club, United Charges more and for that matter for what you get -- basically the same old thing.

    Current Prices:
    US Airways - With Chairman's Status: 325.00
    United - 1K Price: 375.00

    These are identical "clubs" in almost every way (I've been a member at both).

    To increase these fees more is very disappointing. The UA Club has not introduced any new benefits, there are a bunch of clubs that can use new furniture as well. And the food, well it's the same old thing they never ever change. If they made real improvements then maybe I can see fee increases.

    I was really on the edge this year renewing my club membership, this is most likely going to be my last year especially if they raise the price. The only exception will be if they bring back a mileage option.
     
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    When I saw the title the very first thing I thought was changes you're going to like.

    I wonder if they plan to raise the price so that they can

    1. Get people to renew now, in a frenzy, just to get in under the wire (rather than making a sober assessment of membership value later)

    2. Discount it with promotions, back to present pricing levels.

    "Don't delay, buy today! Smisek approved, and member S.T.A.R."
     
  11. Photonerd71

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    Or keep the card price the same as an incentive for folks to get one.
     
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    Ding ding ding, we have a winner.
     
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    Just glad I got mine while the Flex Eqm's were part of the package. :)
     
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    I dislike this as well, but see it as a necessary evil. It just makes the travel experience that much better when you can talk to an agent, relax, get a free drink and snack (terrible snacks, but snacks none the less), free wifi.

    https://www.united.com/web/en-US/content/travel/airport/lounge/rates.aspx

    Membership TypeGeneral memberPremier SilverPremier GoldPremier PlatinumPremier 1K
    New Member Initiation* $50 $50 $50 $50 $50
    Annual $475 $450 $425 $400 $375
    Annual with spouse $700 $675 $650 $600 $550
    Three-Year $1,175 $1,100 $1,025 $950 $875
    Three-Year with spouse $1,950 $1,850 $1,750 $1,650
    $1,550
     
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    How many packages of plastic cheese for a breakeven on this one?
     
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    You'll end up with a clogged artery before you ever find out. :eek:
     
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    Not if I wash it down with the "complimentary" diet coke :)
     
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    I, for one, blame the coming milk shortage.
     
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    I got the Chase MP Club Business card for $395/yr so that my UC membership is automatically covered for years to come. For this 'transition' year, I will be way ahead because I got a $95 statement credit on the card for the annual fee with my first purchase, and I was reimbursed 55K miles for the portion of my pre-existing UC membership that I had not used (I was member until 12/31/2013). This card also has no foreign transaction fee and awards 2miles/$ on united purchases, so I feel that even if the annual fee on the card goes up a tad, it would still be worth it...

    BTW, I notice without commentary that there is no option to renew the UC membership with miles;)...
     
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    They need to increase membership fees to help pay for closing costs associated with the end of the A1 Club at EWR. :rolleyes:
     
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    I just wrote yesterday about how you can renew the UA Club Visa with miles.
     
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    Link?
     
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    I don't know that there are enough of us to make a move like that worth the bad PR, bad Karma and big legal expenses. Unlike the million-milers whose upgrades and bonus miles can cost them in current expense, the marginal cost of a lifetime UC member is probably negligible. I do have the Presidential Plus card that I get at a rate that reflects my paid membership so UA gets something from me. I have no doubt that they are looking to increase their yield from my membership.
     

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