United has quietly announced another copy-cat change to Mileage Plus which will change the way we earn miles. Gone is earning based on distance flown, and in comes the Delta model of earning based on fare paid.
There are similar multipliers to Delta for elite members:
This changes a $250 JFK-LAX ticket in Coach from about 10,000 miles earned for a 1K to 2,750 miles. A huge cut in earning.
There is no change to elite status earning which continues to be based on distance flown.
The change applies to all members worldwide.
A sad day in my book, and the end of Mileage Running for earned miles at least.