It was such a peaceful morning, too. I just got a letter from Expert Flyer stating, in part:
UA has told us that ExpertFlyer can no longer access UA’s upgrade or elite award inventory. It is our understanding that this is a universal policy at UA regarding access to this data.
ExpertFlyer and UA continue to have an ongoing good faith dialogue that we hope will result in the future re-establishment of this information on ExpertFlyer. However, we have no choice but to honor their policy at this time. As such, any pending Flight Alerts or searches for this information will no longer be processed after this Thursday, October 31st. We regret that we must take this action and any inconvenience it causes you.
I haven’t seen any indications that this was coming, but maybe I missed it. The award inventory isn’t a huge deal as this is one of the few parts of United dot bomb that work okay. Award search is actually probably better than their legacy competitors, especially as it relates to partner award searches.
But, pulling the upgrade inventory is a big bummer. I’m not sure what the back story is here, since I doubt this decision was made overnight. The note has the tone that this has been an ongoing discussion. I’ll try to find more information and follow up on this, but definitely not a positive in the world of miles and points.