Month: June 2014

United Changes MileagePlus Program to Revenue Base

After this year’s huge devaluation (http://thepointsguy.com/2014/01/get-your-tickets-now-last-day-before-the-united-devaluation-and-everything-you-need-to-know/) I was hoping United would keep the MP program the same for at least another year or two. No such luck. In addition to removing IFE from many planes and having Wi-Fi that almost never works United has decided it would be a good time to impose another terrible change for frequent fliers. Now instead of earning the miles you flew you will earn miles based upon how much you spend with United on tickets (no taxes or fees included) multiplied by your elite status. The full change can be found here: http://mileageplusupdates.com/ 

Basically the breakdown is this:

General members: 5 miles per dollar
Silver Premier: 7 miles per dollar
Gold Premier: 8 miles per dollar
Platinum Premier: 9 miles per dollar
1k: 11 miles per dollar: 11 miles per dollar

This is bad for most fliers unless you are flying mostly business fares or last minute expensive fares on short routes. There is no more bonus for cabin of service (e.g. 150-175% more miles for business/first class). You don’t earn miles if you pay extra for things like United Economy Plus etc. 

Ugh …

Why would anyone continue to fly United? I certainly won’t be loyal to them anymore. Just look at the photos below comparing a United vs. American domestic first class meal. HT to SFO777 over on flyertalk.  

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United’s “meal” of bland frozen burrito and inedible “mushroom” soup.

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American’s herb crusted chicken with fresh veggies and shrimp cocktail.

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Cathay Pacific Deal – US to Hong Kong with a free trip to Japan!

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Basically if you are planning on going to Hong Kong or Japan you might as well take advantage of this deal. As cheap as $1150 for a trip to Hong Kong and Japan. Cathay Pacific is one of the world’s best airlines as well with service that is much better than any US carrier for around the same price. The food is actually edible in economy and the flight attendants are very professional and helpful. Get on this now as it won’t last long.

Book here: http://www.cathaypacific.com/cx/en_US/latest-offers/flights/deal-of-the-month.html?cm_mmc=SOCIAL-US-_-DOTM-USJP-09JUN14-_-FACEBOOK-_-XX&sf3232252=1&sf3232337=1

Jaleo at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

Jaleo is a tapas restaurant on the third floor of the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas. It had a very modern and European atmosphere owing to it’s Spanish roots. The dining concept is tapas, Spanish for small plate shared dining experience. Overall the food was excellent, sangria fanatics and service was attentive … What more could one ask for?

And now onto the food porn photos.

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Jaleo by Jose Andres

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Jamon selection

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jamon bellota

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Gambas!

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Sardines and jamon

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Boiled Octopus

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Jaleo jamon slider