Friday, April 24, 2015

FFB News Round Up: Air India raises min. mileage earned to 500, Czech Airlines reduces some award ticket costs, earn points twice at Scandic Hotels

Air India has announced three changes to their Flying Returns program. Now all flights will earn a minimum of 500 miles regardless of fare purchased or length of route that is below 500 miles. There is a new mileage earning structure: 

Gone are the 25% miles awarded on the lowest economy fares as those will now be 50% but on the other hand full fare economy class been lowered from 125% to 100% of miles flown and finally Silver Edge Elite member will earn 15% tier bonus miles instead of 10%.
Find out more here.


COPA Airlines sent out an email with a little more news about their new ConnectMiles program. Some highlights include simply earning of at least 1 mile for every mile flown (of course higher fare classes/business class will more than likely earn more miles) and simple redemptions like Saver Awards (the lowest amount of miles needed per their upcoming award chart) and Standard awards where you can get any seat as long as it is open , for more miles of course. They will have one way award pricing so you can mix and match Saver and Standard awards for example. Find out more here.


Czech Airlines has made adjustments to their OK Plus award charts as of April 10th. Here are the highlights:

Changes in bonus tickets:

  • Significant reduction of prices of Czech Airlines one-way bonus tickets – the cheapest one-way ticket can be yours for 7,000 miles! New price list
  • Reduction of prices of Czech Airlines return bonus tickets issued at the last moment (discounted bonus tickets) – the cheapest return ticket can be yours for 9,900 miles! New price list
  • Reduction of prices of Czech Airlines return bonus tickets in selected zones. New price list
  • Change of prices of selected return bonus tickets issued on partner flights (or on Czech Airlines flights in combination with partners). New price list
  • If you transfer with your OK Plus bonus ticket between two international Czech Airlines operated flights at Prague airport and planned time of your transfer is at least 2 hours, you can take advantage of a complimentary access to airport lounge even with an Economy Class ticket – you can visit either MasterCard Lounge (Terminal 1) or ERSTE Premier Lounge (Terminal 2). This benefit is available from May 01, 2015 until the further notice, when presenting boarding passes and e-ticket itinerary at lounge reception.
Changes apply to all tickets issued from April 10th, 2015.


Lucky over at One Mile at a Time shares the details of the recent Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Devaluation. He's especially mad at that fact that Southwest pulled a Delta SkyMiles move in lack of transparency with the devaluation. Read all about it here.


Scandic Hotels are offering SAS EuroBonus members both EuroBonus Points and Scandic Friends points on stays until May 31. Normally you can only earn one or the other. Find out more here.


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