Some days I just love United. This is one of them. See here:
1K® members will continue to earn Regional Upgrades
Sometimes no change is good news. After our last announcement, we heard from our 1K members how much they value their Regional Upgrades. To thank them for their ongoing loyalty, we’ve decided to continue issuing Regional Upgrades to 1Ks, even after the Unlimited Domestic Upgrades program launches.
I knew something had to happen. They either had to offer unlimited upgrades on Premium Service or return the confirmed regional upgrades, so it looks like they went with the confirmed regionals, which is my preferred choice anyway. I’ve been saying for a while now that Executive Platinum is leaps and bounds ahead of 1K in terms of benefits (since they now allow systemwide upgrades to be used on any fare and United screwed up the domestic upgrade program), but I’m not so sure about that anymore. Unlimited domestic upgrades and confirmed regional upgrades is a pretty darn good program, in my opinion. You can lock in the upgrades when you really want to, either for yourself or friends, and “gamble” with the free upgrades when you would have otherwise used 500 mile upgrade certificates.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, United!