The green light came after the carriers had agreed to give up slots at several major US airports and had pledged to continue service to certain smaller cities.The airlines expect to close on their merger deal in December 2013. What does this mean for their frequent flyers?
Lufthansa "will develop its frequent flyer program further." This is airline speak for changes for the worse. It will be more difficult and/or more expensive to earn miles and status from January 1, 2014.The airline follows the trend to link mileage credit to the ticket price rather than the miles flown. So far, you earned at least 50% of the miles flown. This was more favorable than in most other programs, but Lufthansa has thrown the towel. Below you will find the changes by type of flight.
Dissatisfaction among frequent travelers with frequent flyer programs seems growing. Airlines have cut capacity to increase their load factors, which is industry speak for fuller flights. As a result, upgrades have become rarer.
Moreover, frequent flyer miles are rapidly losing value due to higher
mileage requirements for awards, newly introduced or tightened expiration dates and reduced availability of award seats.
You will get blue status by earning 4,000 miles within 12 months. As soon as you have earned 16,000 miles within 1 year since you qualified for the blue status, you will receive the gold status.
Carriers that are members of the same airline alliance do not compete with each other, so Star Alliance silver or gold customers are excluded from this offer.
Others will get silver, gold or platinum status based on the level they hold in their current frequent flyer program, at least for 90 days.
To keep this...