United Increases Miles Needed to Redeem Some Frequent Flyer Rewards

United Airlines Boeing 767-300; N653UA@ZRH;29.02.2012/641bt
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United Airlines revised its frequent flyer rewards program last night, “upping the number of miles needed for some of its most popular awards,” according to USA Today.

United spokesperson Rahsaan Johnson told USA Today the change was made to “to account for the increased cost of providing transportation.” Last month, United reported third quarter earnings of $379 million, up from $6 million the previous year but below the all-important analysts’ expectations.

Of course, you probably didn’t like United anyway: earlier this year the carrier finished dead last in the 23rd annual national Airline Quality Ratings, which ranks airlines based on U.S. Department of Transportation figures. United received more complaints than any other carrier.