I received an email from Points Hound, a hotel booking site where you earn miles, stating that for any new bookings effective 7/24/13, you can no longer earn United miles. Any previous bookings will still earn miles if you had chosen United as your preferred airline. I’ve already earned miles with this partnership and think that this was too short lived. They stated that they will try to get them back but who knows when. There are still other airlines to earn miles such as American, Delta, US Airways, Virgin America, and Hawaiian Airlines so not too worried.
For the inconvenience, they upgraded my account and also will give me a 1,000 points bonus on my next booking which was nice of them.
For helpful information about Points Hound, check out Loyalty Lobby’s post.