Earlier this evening, Scott O'leary (a previous guest of the show) announced a few changes upcoming in 2010 to the Onepass program. (The original thread can be found here).
- A fourth tier that will be revenue based, like United's Global Services.
- System Wide Uprgrades
First, the System Wide Upgrades. At 100k miles, members will be granted four SWUs. No word if additional thresholds exist for accumulating more. For listeners of the podcast, I've in hinted that they were coming so I'm glad I was right. ;)
- Valid on all fares with no co-pay requirements.
- Valid on Continental, Continental Micronesia and Copa
- Valid until the end of the following year. SWUs earned in 2010 will be good until the end of 2011.
- Fully transferable.
- They will be available starting mid-2010 but credit towards earning them stats on 1/1/10. Sadly 2009 EQMs don't appear to count.
The fourth tier, Presidential Platinum, requires:
- For 2010, $30,000 in spend on Continental. This will be adjusted to keep the ranks thin.
- A dedicated reservations line.
- Top priority for upgrades and standbys.
- For members in the 48 states and Alaska, a free membership to the Presidential Plus Mastercard.
- Upon reaching four million miles, one earns lifetime Presidential Platinum status.
So, at this point, Onepass has become one of the best US programs. The SWUs and their benefits easily are comparable to AA's, but with a larger international route network. So, those Delta SWUs are officially worth less than used toilet paper.
So, the big question... does this mean Hunter's relationship wtih Delta has come to an end to become a CO flyer?