I'm perfectly happy with the 4 freebies I get per 10K flown on UA as well as other comp'd upgrades
Sadly, I am too. And the reason I say sadly is because UA
knows that both you and I are satisfied with this perk and we probably will continue to be for years to come. As long as they don't take our 4 freebies every 10K, we'll be happy. And we will gladly pay the $50 or so difference in airfare compared to other carriers to accrue more miles with UA
Also, I'm sure you've noticed that the most UA
ever does with giving slack as far as upgrades is to tweak the rules a little bit here and there every year or so to make things more convenient for the elites. Ex. No more waitlist to get on Lufthansa flights using SWU's... or throwing in another HK49 per year or something (just an example). Basically, UA
is employing the "small changes result in big smiles" approach, which is one of the reasons why I don't think we will ever see unlimited upgrades on UA
Worldperks elite flyers on the other hand, who are used to domestic upgrades every time they fly. would easily rant and rave if the rules ever change and all they get are measly certs.
So I guess the question now becomes, why are we so darn happy with 4 500-milers every 10K when we could potentially be closer to a Business Class seat with another airline for about the same amount of miles flown?
The only answer I can think of is that UA
did an excellent job of brainwashing us.
Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!