UPDATE: This is a MUCH more broad devaluation of the MileagePlus program covering premium fares on 9 different partners. I’ve written a new post with all the details here.
I’m using the term "fixes" loosely here as it is a dramatic downgrade to the charts. Still, it is almost certainly what they meant the chart to be when it was initially released. I commented at one point about how generous it was – most fares earned 150% credit, even in economy – and it still took nearly 10 months to get it fixed. Yeah, the cuts suck, but they should be all that surprising. Here’s what the new rates look like:
Under the old chart everything Q or higher earned 150% PQMs. Such is life, I suppose.
The calculators over at Wandering Aramean Travel Tools have been updated with the new rates.
Quick update: Looks like more than just South African have been affected. Not clear yet whether this is an across-the-board devaluation or just an over-zealous website edit. Hopefully some better answers in a few hours; it is late in Chicago right now.
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I’m really surprised that they dumped the 50% bonus EQMs for full fare C.
Question: I always thought that the operating carrier, i.e., in this case South African, essentially has to buy the miles (RDM/PQM) from whatever program the passenger choose to credit to. If that is correct, then did South African decide that they were too generous?
50% PQM on many coach fares (presumably those that I would likely be willing to pay for) are disappointing.
SQ Y and S fare used to earn 150% PQM, now only 100%.
Let’s see how COdbaUA also dump on economy class flyers earning status.
Can’t leave things as is for too long without making earning status/miles on partner airlines look decent relative to flying premium cabin fares on the same planes. 😮
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