tommy777 passes along two articles in Norwegian cover the details of SAS EuroBonus’ plans to devalue their program on January 1.
Changes from January 1, 2015 in brief:
Lower point earnings on the cheapest tickets in SAS Go and SAS Plus
Europe will be 1 zone (not 3 as before)
Higher point earnings in SAS Business to/from the US and Asia
Lower point requirements for Gold status: 45 000 Basic points (previously 50 000) or 45 one-way trips* (previously 50)
Lower point requirements for Diamond status: 90 000 Basic points (previously 100 000) or 90 one-way trips* (previously 100)
*Valid on SAS flights and selected destinations on Widerøe.
The new earning rates have fixed earn based on where you’re traveling. All of Europe has a single amount of miles earned based on the fare class of your ticket. Transatlantic flying earns less than full mileage on the cheapest tickets.
SAS has downplayed the earning changes, saying that a majority of customers will be unaffected. They may have tortured data to come up with that claim, but a majority of booking classes have earn rates that are changing.
For existing bookings that involve travel next year, it sounds as though once you’ve taken the flight you can e-amil for retro credit and get the miles you would have earned under the old chart.