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
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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