100% EuroBonus Earnings on Economy Flights are Returning
Beginning on May 4, 2012, the EuroBonus frequent flier loyalty program will introduce a number of changes. One of the most important changes is that you will always enjoy 100 percent point earnings on economy flights with Blue1, Widerøe and Scandinavian — or SAS — Airlines. EuroBonus members will be able to earn at least three times as many points on the lowest priced economy class airfares as a result of this policy change — and many FlyerTalk members are thrilled with the news, although some believe that this will lead to an increase in elite status members and therefore possibly dilute the benefits in the form of fewer upgrades and more crowded airport lounges.
Also effective as of May 4, you will be able to reach Gold status when you have earned 50,000 Basic points or when you have taken 50 one-way trips — regardless of booking class — within your personal qualification period, which will harmonize the point requirements for Gold status between countries. Gold members will continue to earn 25 percent more Bonus points as is the current policy.
In fact, earning points in the EuroBonus frequent flier loyalty program is being simplified and harmonized for consistency throughout all countries. The number of points earned on different flight routes will be adjusted, which means that you will earn more points on some routes, and less on others. Some FlyerTalk members are understandably unhappy with this specific change as a result of how it will negatively affect them.
EuroBonus frequent flier loyalty program members will also continue to earn 50 percent more points in Economy Extra than in Economy, and twice as many points when traveling in Business class.