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:
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.
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.
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:
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%.