I got this e-mail today from www.usingmiles.com. Dear ceieoc, Hip hip hooray -- you are "grandfathered in" to the new UsingMiles.com because you are one of our valued early beta customers. Congratulations! Grandfathered in to what? Starting today, some unique features inside UsingMiles.com will be for "subscribers only." In a sense, you will become a subscriber (for free) to UsingMiles Premier Service. You will be grandfathered in -- still receiving all of the features that you enjoy today for free – forever. Those "Premier" level features are worth $29.99 per year. This is our way of saying thank you for coming on board early and helping us grow! Here’s the scoop on the subscription service. UsingMiles.com will now offer two tiers of service: Free and Premier. Take a quick look at the features associated with each tier: Free - Loyalty dashboard: manage all of your loyalty programs in one place! - Cash search: find the lowest-priced airline and hotel tickets - Monthly eStatements: get all your account information in one handy email! Premier - Expiring miles/points alerts: never let another mile expire again! - Search and book award travel: UsingMiles is the World’s First Search Engine for Award Travel! - Bonus award offers: find the best deals before you buy! Once again, as one of our early beta customers, you will never have to pay for the Premier features you use on UsingMiles.com today. We always want suggestions and feedback, so please tell us what's on your mind! Thank you for your continued support. Happy and Safe Travels, www.UsingMiles.com When I received this e-mail, I thought, this is way cool. I signed into the UsingMiles website and noticed my American Airline miles were not being tracked. Not cool. I clicked on "learn more". The UsingMiles website said: While we do help you manage 83 programs, unfortunately we removed the AAdvantage loyalty program because American no longer allows any third party to help you manage your AAdvantage miles. Please continue to enjoy managing all your other loyalty programs in a single dashboard. Stay tuned as we continue adding new programs to help you further manage your loyalty portfolio! Please send us comments and suggestions as our mission is to help simplify your busy life. Mike Reed, started a thread on milepoint.com to help bring to our attention his concern with American Airlines not wanting us to be informed by third parties when our earned miles will vaporize. The link to his investigation of this problem is below: http://milepoint.com/forums/threads...antage-re-mileage-aggregation-services.20222/ I like companies such as GoMiles.com, UsingMiles.com and AwardWallet.com who help me to simplify my busy life by providing a full disclosure of my account information. I do not like loyalty programs who attempt to restrict my ability to assign an authorized third party agent of my choice, because I lose the the ability to conveniently find out my account balances from multiple travel vendors. I like the liberty to select a travel agent of my choice to make my travel arrangements. I also like the freedom to choose a mileage aggregation service for tracking my earned travel awards and benefits. When making travel plans, I think of the mileage aggregation service companies as my "travel agent". I'm not sure what can be done to restore our freedom to choose our travel agents. Do you fellow frequent flyers have an issue with losing your freedom to select who helps you with your future travel planning?