Save Skymiles: Total Victory

The latest NotiFlyer brings news of total victory for the Save Skymiles movement.

  • The threshold for Platinum Medallion qualification reduces from 100,000 miles to 75,000 miles – in line with partners Continental and Northwest.

  • All discount fares will earn a full qualifying mile for each mile flown. First and business class as well as Y, B, and M coach fares will earn 1.5 qualifying miles per mile flown. The minimum miles per segment will be reduced from 750 to 500.

Full information on the changes, which go into effect January 1, can be found here.

I’m really glad to see all fares earning a full qualifying mile per mile flown. That’s good business and it’s a much simpler system than the craziness that had been spreading across some parts of the airline industry.

My one concern is the reduced qualifying threshold for Platinum. While good for current Golds — it’s easier to make the top elite level — it’s going to mean a whole lot more competition for upgrades at the top level. And that also means greater difficulty for mid-level elites to get those upgrades.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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