US Airways Reinstates Elite Flight Bonuses
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(Posted: Nov 20, 2008)
Earlier this year, US Airways made the unpopular decision to eliminate elite Preferred flight bonuses and the 500-mile minimum on short flights. None of the other airlines followed the move to get rid of elite bonus miles and US Airways' elite program was missing a key benefit that frequent flyers value.
US Airways has decided to reverse its decision and effective Nov. 20, 2008, Dividend Miles elite members will earn Preferred bonus miles and a minimum 500 miles on short flights. The new policy will be retroactive and elite members will receive the Preferred bonus miles and 500-mile minimums on all qualifying flights flown between May 1 and Nov. 19, 2008.
Retroactive miles will be calculated based on a member's elite status and if the member would have earned a higher elite status if the segment minimums would have been included, the elite bonus miles will be calculated at the higher elite status.
Preferred members will earn the following bonuses:
Silver - 25%
Gold - 50%
Platinum - 75%
Chairman's - 100%
In an email that explained the new policy to US Airways employees, Andrew Nocella, SVP of Marketing and Planning, wrote, "Our Dividend Miles Program members are extremely important to us and these changes reflect our continued commitment to delivering the best product with the most value to our customers."
While the recent move to return a valuable benefit to members is welcome, some former Preferred members say the decision is "too little, too late." Others appreciate the gesture and one member was pleasantly surprised by the news and posted on FlyerTalk, "It's a wise move to listen and interact with your customers. Hopefully US Airways is turning over a new leaf with this!"
posted: Dec 14, 2008 at 5:36pm (MT)
I never understand why it can't be more clear what does and does not go towards Tier Status, it's almost like they want to mislead you. Do these adjusted 500 BONUS miles go towards tier or not??
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