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Airlines are Freeing Up More Reward Seats? Give Me a Break

Airlines are freeing up more reward seats on which passengers may use their frequent flier loyalty program miles, according to the overall reward availability results for 2015 of the annual Switchfly Reward Seat Availability Survey, which was released from IdeaWorksCompany.

That may initially sound like great news; but when it comes to certain airlines, I say give me a break.

Let us take a look at both Delta Air Lines and United Airlines — of which their frequent flier loyalty programs have recently switched from being based on distance to being based on revenue. Unless you happen to spend enough money on airline tickets — which is of course what the airlines want; and understandably so, as they are in business to profit — the majority of frequent fliers have to either spend more money, use credit cards more, or fly more often in order to earn the amount of miles they used to earn.

As per the chart shown below…

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Devaluation: New Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus Award Chart Announced

Effective as of September 1, 2014, the amount of Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus frequent flier loyalty program miles needed for award travel will increase on a significant number of award redemptions — and FlyerTalk members are not happy. Although the award charts seem to have been simplified — for example, premium economy award redemptions have been eliminated on flights operated by Thai Airways; Zone 7 has been eliminated; and simply double the Royal Orchid Plus frequent flier loyalty program miles needed for return trips — the amount of Royal Orchid Plus frequent flier loyalty program miles needed for redemption on certain awards has increased substantially. Using a Zone 6 award as one example…

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Mystery: Cancellations of Air China Premium Award Reservations Booked With MileagePlus Miles

You should be concerned if you redeemed your United Airlines MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program miles for an award reservation which includes a seat in the premium class cabin aboard an airplane operated by Air China in your itinerary, as the reservations of at least 17 FlyerTalk members have been unexpectedly cancelled — most of which occurred in 2014 — resulting in significant inconveniences for them. The mystery is that the factors which are the source of these itinerary cancellations are still not known at this time. Theories include…

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Award Inventory of Singapore Airlines Flights Removed from United Airlines; “Wind-Down” of US Airways as a Partner

With little advance notice, Singapore Airlines and United Airlines have agreed to remove the inventory of Singapore Airlines from the award flight search results on the official Internet web site of United Airlines and on the mobile application software of United Airlines effective as of today, December 13, 2013, according to FlyerTalk member UA Insider — also known as Aaron Goldberg, who is the senior manager of Customer Experience Planning at United Airlines. You will still to be able to book and change award reservations involving Singapore Airlines by calling the telephone reservations lines — but…

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Upgrade Class Visibility on Delta and United Removed From ExpertFlyer

FlyerTalk members who subscribe to the services of ExpertFlyer.com were not exactly happy about being informed that they can no longer view the upgrade classes of RU and OU on Delta Air Lines as of Friday, October 18, 2013; as well as no longer being able to view the upgrade class of R and elite award inventory on United Airlines as of Thursday, October 31, 2013. Although no official statement has been announced by Delta Air Lines, FlyerTalk member UA Insider — also known as Aaron Goldberg, who is the senior manager of Customer Experience Planning at United Airlines — announced the following official statement which was posted on FlyerTalk…

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Emergency award redemptions

Until I read the thread short notice redemptions, I had glossed over the fact that bmi Diamond Club requires 3 days notice for booking awards. How do you get around the rule if you have an emergency? Are there other frequent flyer programs that also restrict emergency redemptions?

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