US Airways cuts mileage benefits
The New York Times reported on the 19th that US Airways has decided to stop crediting the industry-standard minimum 500 frequent flier miles for its Dividend Miles program:
The change affects passengers who fly short-haul trips of less than 500 miles, including those who use the US Air shuttle between New York and Boston and Washington. Under the previous policy, passengers were awarded a minimum credit of 500 miles a flight, which is standard practice in major airlines’ frequent-flier programs.
In other words, if you’re shuttling on short business flights and racking up 500 miles a piece, you’re no longer going to be able to do that with US Airways.
The airline has also decided to charge a $25 “quick-ticketing fee” for anyone who uses miles to purchase a ticket within 14 days of their departure.
So if you’re planning to use your miles for a flight, make sure you’re planning far enough ahead.