AwardBird Blog

ANA Award Chart Changes: The Good and The Bad News

Japan-based carrier ANA recently announced a major change to its frequent flyer program, shifting from a distance-based chart to a region-based one. Let’s take a look at the ANA award chart changes and what it means for award travelers.

EVA Air Joined Star Alliance Network

EVA Air joined the Star Alliance network on June 18, further strengthening the group’s presence in the Asia & Pacific region. Star Alliance has progressively built its Asia & Pacific presence and, today has eight member-carriers based in the region.

Alaska Airlines & New Mileage Plan Enhancements

Alaska Airlines is upping its game by making new Mileage Plan enhancements more generous. As a result, Mileage Plan members now can book award travel on Alaska Airlines flights using fewer miles.

Miles&Smiles to be Improved With Comarch Loyalty Management

Turkish Airlines is going to improve their rewards program using Comarch Loyalty Management (CLM) tools. Miles&Smiles operates the largest network in terms number of international destinations and number of flying countries.

LifeMiles Promotion Boosts a Miles Per Year Cap

The Avianca LifeMiles promotion “buy miles” – increased out up to 125% until September 30. As a result, the usual 150,000 miles-per-year cap is boosted to 337,500 miles, with miles sold in increments of 1,000 miles.

Korean Air Changes: First and Business Class Upgrades

If you’re booked to fly in economy class with Korean Air, why not to have a business class upgrades using SKYPASS miles? Between Seoul and either Sydney or Brisbane, 40,000 SKYPASS miles can land you that bump to ‘Prestige Class’. While just 67,500 SKYPASS miles get an upgrade to business class from Australia right through to Europe.

The New Air Berlin and Virgin Australia Codeshares

Effective 1st August 2017 and subject to government approvals, Air Berlin and Virgin Australia codeshares new destinations in Australia and Europe. Also, to offering reciprocal frequent flyer benefits for members of the respective Topbonus and Velocity programs.

Miles & More Downgrades Their Frequent Flyer Program Again

Lufthansa has been notorious for adjusting their program and cutting back on benefits for their members over the years. While some of these Miles & More downgrades could be seen as justified and going with the time, others were harsh and created bad blood within the pool of Lufthansa’s most loyal customers.

Budget Car Rental Announced a New JAL Mileage Bank Partnership

Budget Car Rental today announced a new JAL Mileage Bank partnership agreement. That will provide the more than 26 million Mileage Bank members with travel offers and value-added membership benefits.

Qantas Increase Rates for “Classic Upgrade Rewards”

The “Classic Upgrade Rewards” rules are about to change again for Qantas members needing more points for the cabin upgrade. The changes flagged by Qantas in November. Mostly affect people buying the cheapest fares or those on sale.