Slightly off topic, United Airlines released their new revamped ad and media campaign, complete with a new slogan “Flyer Friendly,” paying homage to the “Fly the Friendly Skies” slogan of yesteryear.
Just recently, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that it will soon allow anyone to become a member of PreCheck through an expansion of the service, which allows you to go through airport security at 40 airports nationwide without taking off your shoes, removing your 3-1-1 bag, taking off your belt and is a much faster process. For $85 for five years, it seems like a great deal – but in reality, don’t: for $15 more, you get way, way so much more.
Today, United Airlines and Marriott announced a deal where frequent fliers or frequent hotel guests will have significant benefits with the other after registering with either one of the companies. United Gold and above automatically become Marriott Gold, and Marriott Platinum become United Silver – potentially bringing significant added benefits to hotel stays, like free Wi-Fi, lounge access, bonus miles, and more.
Just recently, United announced a significant change to their frequent-flier elite status program, United MileagePlus. Although these changes may not impact those who either accumulate miles by flying once in a while or those who have a co-branded United credit card from Chase, it does affect those who want to obtain elite status on United, potentially affecting your ability to secure First Class upgrades, earn significant amounts of bonus miles, and receive “special” treatment.