It’s another edition of What’s the Points! Today we’ll cover quite a bit from some new folks who have yet to be mentioned in previous episodes.
As always, please please let me know what you think in the comments! I’m looking forward to seeing how this grows but want to make sure I’m covering what you’d like to see.
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Andy reviews the Chase Ultimate Rewards program and tells you how to earn and redeem Ultimate Reward points for the best travel value.
United has announced that they’ll be switching to a fare-based earning model (like Delta) next March. There’s certainly more information to come, but based on the great research done by other bloggers about the Delta move, I can’t help but think that the mileage earning potential will be limited on United now. Details are at http://mileageplusupdates.com/ The miles you earn will now be based on the price of your fare with a multiplier that depends on your status level in the MileagePlus program. This doesn’t affect how you earn your status. So, the positive news is at least they have given everyone almost 9 months of notice. The bad news is this means American will likely switch to the same model when they announce their 2015 program. What is hilarious is how much a race to the bottom this has become. United didn’t even bother innovating this new program, they just copied every bit of it from Delta’s new program. This will eventually make cards that transfer to United points that much more valuable. We’ll see how everything shakes out and keep everyone posted.