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SQ

Fuel surcharges on award tickets continue to remain the largest source of frustration for frequent flyers, also because they are hardly transparent until the moment of booking. The initiative by Singapore Airlines not to levy any fuel and insurance surcharges in the KrisFlyer program as of March 23 anymore on its own an on SilkAir flights is therefore more than welcome (the far lower airport taxes and fees continue to apply). On the other side, most award levels are also slightly increased, however, and – what has a much stronger impact – the historic bonus of 15% for online bookings of award flights will be halted. Like that, a roundtrip Economy Class award flight between Europe and South East Asia is now going to cost 76,000 miles rather than previously 59,500 miles for an online booking. As result, some award levels with Singapore Airlines are now more expensive than those according to the Star Alliance award table – but surcharges still apply to the latter one. It makes hence definitely sense to pay a few more miles for Singapore Airlines if you save on the other hand for instance up to 800 USD for a roundtrip flight from Europe to Australia. As Singapore Airlines also gradually stops fuel surcharges on revenue tickets starting on March 28, award flights on Singapore Airlines will become cheaper accordingly in terms of the required cash payment in partner programs of Singapore Airlines, too – what will create corresponding discrepancies with the own practices of most partner airlines.

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HU

So far, turnover-based programs in Asia can only be found with low cost carriers, notably with AirAsia. On July 01, Hainan Airlines, however, will become the first full service carrier to change its program Fortune Wings Club in such a manner. The problem, however, lies with the chosen credit level. Base members receive 10 points per 10 CNY, elite customers up to 18. When taking into consideration that the program, as all Chinese programs, works on a kilometer basis, this translates at current exchange rates into 4.3 miles per USD – US programs offer 5 miles per USD at generally higher fare levels. While this means that considerably more miles are earned at higher fares than previously in US programs, one will earn approximately the same amount in Business Class with Hainan Airlines, but less otherwise. As such, one receives today (distance based) with a typical Business Class roundtrip fare from Berlin to Beijing (2,573 EUR in booking class R) 18,438 points – with the future turnover basis, it would be 18,348 points (no points on airport taxes). The change will apply to all airlines of the HNA Group, with the exception of Hong Kong Airlines. Especially Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan as partner program of Hainan Airlines can thus become a serious alternative following the recent changes at the program: The same flight from Berlin to Beijing yields here 18.332 miles

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EY

While Etihad Guest used to have already in the past an award winning credit card offering in cooperation with the ADIB bank for members in the UAE, it has surpassed itself now. Together with NBAD, it has launched three co-branded Visa cards, which might not belong to the cheapest ones on the market, but certainly to the best ones. Next to generous mileage credit and welcome bonuses – doubled until May 15 to reach up to 110,000 miles -, all cards offer significant additional benefits, from discounted award flights on Etihad, the accrual of status miles to complimentary airport transfers and the option to purchase an additional miles accelerator.

 

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9W

The Billion Miles Festival in the JetPrivilege program is one of the richest mileage promotions in recent times. Continuing until March 31, each Jet Airways flight qualifies for a bonus of 1,500 miles in Economy Class and of 5,000 and 10,000 miles in Business and First Class respectively. Moreover, a daily prize draw awards one member with 100,000 miles and a grand prize will see one member win one million miles over the promotion period.

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Acc

Accor offers a promotion with different European Frequent Flyer Programs as well as with Virgin Australia’s Velocity under the name “Sweet Pillows World Tour” this spring, where the core of the offer is triple miles – but with different conditions between the programs. As such, one receives double miles for the second stay during the promotion period and triple miles for the third stay only with Flying Blue, but enters into a prize draw for 100,000 miles. Programs such as those of Alitalia, MilleMiglia, or of Turkish Airlines, Miles&Smiles, offer, however, triple miles for all stays, but provide only smaller mileage amounts of 40,000 and 30,000 miles for the prize draw – what still represents a safer value according to the rules of probability calculation (okay, in the case of Alitalia, one should probably also take other factors into account…). The promotion is valid for stays until April 30, but corresponding reservations need to be completed already by March 30 in certain programs.