- 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.