A year ago in a post about redeeming Delta Skymiles I made a side comment comparing them to Air Baltic BalticMiles,
It’s no secret that I think Delta miles are worth less than miles with United, American, US Airways, or Alaska Airlines. Sometimes I think they’re worth less than Air Baltic BalticMiles and Ukraine International Airlines Panorama Club miles. I’m the guy who coined the term “Skypesos” after all.
That brought out the head of the BalticMiles program in the comments.
I think it is time we get you over to Riga, Latvia to change your perception of the airBaltic BalticMiles value 🙂
He went on to say, though, that of course “it will be minus 30 C in a few months……”
It turns out, though, that the cold weather in Riga, Latvia doesn’t ward off devaluations. Because the BalticMiles program has taken away two benefits from their elites.
- Elite members no longer receive free checked bags
- First-tier elites no longer get free advance seat assignments
Checked bag fees are not just a U.S. phenomenon. And it’s not just U.S. airline elites who get frustrated with benefit cuts, either.