The inevitable has (sort of) happened. US Airways has finally released their new Star Alliance award chart which goes into effect on January 6, 2010, coinciding with the other award chart changes that are coming. When I first saw that they announced the changes on a Friday night I was expecting the worst, since that’s pretty low.
Anyway, it’s not really that bad. Yes, prices for some popular awards are going up, but they’re still cheaper than United and Continental in most markets. Most of the price increases seem to be in business class too, while first class award rates aren’t changing for the most part. The two worst changes are business class awards from North America to Europe and South America, which go from 80,000 miles per ticket to 100,000 miles per ticket.
Sorry for the lack of a detailed analysis, but I’ve been up for 20 hours and have a 6AM flight, so….