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MyPoints Devalues The Most Valuable Redemption




Some time in September, a reader alerted me that MyPoints lost the redemption option for United MileagePlus miles. I shot them an email and they had said:

Hello,

Due to a technical issue, we’ve temporarily removed United Miles from the rewards page. It should be back and available for redemption by 10/1.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

Please do not respond to this email.

Thank you,

Irene L.
MyPoints Member Service Manager

 

True to their word, it came back on 10/1.

In the first week of November, I saw the secret devaluation that I hadn’t had a chance to write up about it, but they increased the redemption of MyPoints from 12,000 to 13,000 points for 5,000 United Miles.

Redemption

 

I don’t have a screenshot that looks like the above where it said 12,000 points, but from my previous analysis I had it jotted down:

mypoints_redem

 

With the new math, the best deal from MyPoints for the 5,000 United miles becomes 5000/13000 = .38 miles for every 1 MyPoints point an increased cost of 9.5%.

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