United used to give Star Alliance elite members really outstanding treatment — including economy plus seating for Gold members and a generous checked baggage allowance for Golds and Silvers.
Long after economy plus extra legroom seating went away,
- Star Alliance Silver members lost their second free checked bag in March 2011.
- Star Alliance Gold members were reduced from 3 checked bags to 1, and down from 70 pounds each to 50 in October 2013.
- At the same time Star Alliance silver members had free checked bags taken away from them entirely
Then at the beginning of last month the United.com website was updated to show Star Alliance silver members again receiving a free checked bag.
That’s one less reason for partner elites to choose to fly United when traveling domestically within the United States.
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