United Airlines says it will no longer award a minimum of 500 frequent-fliers on each flight. United says on its website that the change will begin July 1, "regardless of when the flight was ticketed." This change affects United customers flying on flights of less than 500 miles. Previously, all flights earned United customers at least 500 miles -- both in redeemable and in elite-qualifying miles.
Now, such flights will earn the actual distance of the flight. For example, a flight between Washington Dulles and New York LaGuardia that currently earns fliers the minimum of 500 miles will now earn customers only about 230 miles as of July 1. The move matches one made by in February by US Airways, a Star Alliance and codesharing partner of United. That move generated an outcry among US Airways' frequent-fliers. United and US Airways are also said to be in merger talks.