Lufthansa’s transatlantic joint venture partner United Airlines eliminated award charts and introduced dynamic award pricing to their own flights (but still prices partner awards based on their hidden chart). Here they followed Delta’s lead.
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American, too, appears to be moving towards dynamic award pricing and their summer business class sale on AAnytime awards may be another example of this.
Delta joint venture partner Air France has eliminated their award charts after going revenue-based for mileage-earning. Lufthansa went revenue-based for mileage earning but so far has kept and devalued their award chart.
That last piece may ultimately be changing. Doug Gollan reports that Lufthansa plans to move Miles & Mile to dynamic pricing of awards.
No timetable for any announcements was given, however, when asked about the possibility, Frank Naeve, vice president sales, the Americas said, “Certainly that’s the direction we are going.”
He said the move will “reflect the demand situation on a given flight” and described it as “something that’s adding value.”
I generally see little value in Miles & More for US-based members, outside of extra award availability on Lufthansa and SWISS flights and in particular Lufthansa first class award space more than 14 days prior to departure, as well as for United premium cabin domestic awards. Nonetheless this would represent the continued spreading of a trend that is bad for frequent flyer program members.