|Quoting StarAlliance38 (Reply 30):|
Really? Every time I fly US, I start out normally with ORF-PHL (sometimes ORF-CLT); if I fly out of PHF, its only to PHL. All of those trips are like 200-300 miles and I get credited 500 miles! 500 miles is the minimum amount for any segment. Of course, las time I flew them was last August.
Yup - the Valentine's Day Massacre of 2008. On Feb. 14, US announced this latest "enhancement" where on May 1, if you fly routes under 500 miles you get the actual miles flown (unless you booked before March 1, which is grandfathered in).
When I'm on US, one of my frequent legs would be GSO
which is 83 miles. US flies between the two cities about 10 times a day and in the air, it's no more than 15-20 minutes take-off to touchdown and CLT
is a pretty easy airport to connect in. However, a loss of 800+ miles each time I did this would hurt; especially at the rate I travel (I'm on pace to make DL
Platinum this year with 75,000 miles; I'd easily make US Platinum on segments if I were with them) and that it does also affect elite bonuses (for a Silver, on GSO
you go from 125 bonus miles to about 20, so in reality you lose about 500 miles for each one-way segment between the two).
This doesn't even mention the devaluation at the Gold status; all five other majors give their mid-tier elites 100% bonus miles. US gives theirs 50% bonus miles (which is how much some programs give their lowest tier elites). I can live with 25% as a Silver, but only 50% for Golds hurts.
And of course the reduction in F seats. Started with the East 757s going from 24F to 8F, now the East A320s go from 16F to 12F and the A321s drop from 26F to 16F. Meanwhile, CO
ups their 753s from 12F to 24F and adds a bunch of 738s with 20F, DL
makes the ex-Song 757s go up to 26F, AA
goes from 14F to 16F on MD
-80s and NW
has a minimum of 16F on every mainline plane.
Also, Express-wise, US is bucking the trend of adding F to RJs. UA
has F and Economy Plus in most of their CRJ-700s and all their E-170s. DL
has been adding a ton of CRJ-900s with F and their E-170s also have it (all while getting rid of a bunch of 37-50 seaters). NW
has been adding CRJ-900s and E-175s with F as well. CO
doesn't have any 70+ seat RJs (they have the Q400s but those are props and are all on short routes, not PHL
) and AA
only has a handful of CRJ-700s. US meanwhile operates a slew of E-170/175 and CRJ-700/900 for their Express affiliates and none have F which is a downside to me as a FFer.