United will eliminate free unconfirmed standby starting on April 28. Passengers wishing to take an earlier flight will be charged $50 if they clear the standby list. Passengers can still confirm a seat on an earlier or later flight (within a three hour departure window, as long as space is available) for $75.
There are four exceptions to this new policy:
- Global Services
- Standard Awards
- Refundable Tickets
The elimination of free standby comes as no surprise, but I was bewildered to read that Premiers and especially Premier Executives are not exempt.
Prediction: UA will relent and include Premier Executives and Star Gold members in the exception category.
With each "enhancement" United makes, 1K status becomes more valuable. If you’re a mid-tier elite, a silver medal just aint worth what it once was…