Thursday, November 20, 2014

FFB News Round Up - SkyMiles 2015 Worldwide Award Charts, United Premier devaluations, SPG & Emirates Your World Rewards open for registration

Welcome to our newest feature here on the FFB blog! The FFB News Round Up! Since our weekly newsletter is called the FFB Round Up, we figured it was only logical to call this the FFB News Round Up. What is FFB News Round Up? It is a quick summary of travel reward programs news and information from the programs themselves, other blogs and other sources coupled with the occasional commentary/editorial comments by us. Don't worry we aren't shifting our focus away from the bonus offers, that will never change and always be our primary focus. However we have a large following of readers from around the globe who are always on the go and perhaps don't have the time to find this news all over the Internet hence a quick snippet of news for you! We hope you enjoy and welcome any comments, questions or suggestions on this new feature and as always it will probably evolve over time!

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Delta SkyMiles has finally released their 2015 award charts for Worldwide flights. Earlier in the year they released the charts for North American departures so now they let us know what redemptions with departures outside of North America look like. It is not as bad as everyone thought it could have been but there are still unanswered questions as to how many seats will exactly be available at these lowest redemption chart levels. Remember, they are moving to five tier system of mileage requirements! Many routes are going up in miles required but not all is lost as some others are actually going down! (Something we don't see very often!) You must take into account that for many of you it may become harder to earn SkyMiles next year when they move to the revenue based system of awarding miles so while the charts don't look to bad if your not flying on expensive business class or first class tickets this could be a serious devaluation for you since you won't be earning as many miles. How can you lessen the blow? Try to take advantage of as many bonus SkyMiles offers as possible, of course we list many of them on our SkyMiles bonus miles page. (Source: Pointswithacrew)

Alitalia MilleMiglia members will now be able to earn and redeem miles on airberlin and Niki flights in Germany, Switzerland and Austria (Source: Alitalia)

COPA Airlines is planning to launch their own FFP in July 2015 which means United MileagePlus will not be the airlines primary program. The airline however will remain a MileagePlus partner which means MileagePlus members will still be able to earn and burn miles on COPA flights however MileagePlus Elites will lose some benefits such as access to preferred seating and complimentary upgrades on COPA flights. (Source: Copa)



More bad news for United Elites, the premier benefits are changing and sees the loss of third bag three for Gold members and the free Global Entry for Premier Platinum and Premier 1K members nixed as February 1. Sorry to pass this news along to you! (Source: United)

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Registration is now open for SPG and Emirates Your World Rewards! Similar to Crossover Rewards that Delta and SPG have been running for awhile this new partnership provides more benefits to SPG Elites when flying on Emirates and benefits for Skywards Elite members on their Starwood stays. I got my email this morning and registered right away! Register Online! (Source: SPG)



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