United guts premium fare earning rates on multiple partners

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  1. Wandering Aramean
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    What I originally thought was just a "fixing" of an obviously overly generous set of earning rules from United Airlines‘ MileagePlus program on partner South African Airways appears now to be a massive change in earning rates for the new year. More than 70 different fare classes across at least 9 partners are affected by these changes. And in every case it is the premium fares – first, business, premium economy and full-fare economy – which are being cut. When the new rules came out for MileagePlus in 2012 there was a rather generous upgrade in earning rates for premium cabins on many partners. Apparently United has decided they were being too generous and they’ve now cut back significantly.
    In addition to the previously identified cuts for South African noted here the following fare classes now all earn only 100% of the miles flown towards elite qualification, down generally from 150%:
    • Thai Airways: J, P, U, Y, Z, A, B, C, D,F
    • Singapore Air: R, S, Y, Z, A, C, D, F, J, P
    • TAP Air Portugal: B, C, D, J, Y, Z
    • TAM: A, C, D, F, J , Y, Z
    • LOT: A, B, C, D, P, Y, Z
    • Croatia Airlines: A, B, C, D, F, Y, Z
    • Air New Zealand: A, B, C, D, E, J, O, U,Y, Z
    • EgyptAir: A, B, C, D, F, J, Y, Z
    • South African Airways: J, C, D, Z, Y, B, M, H K, S, Q
    These changes came without notification from the carrier, either through traditional means or through the online communities they have employees participating in. Quite unfortunate at many levels.

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