Monday, June 3, 2013

One Mile at a Time - their Air France award redemption rates are raised by Alaska beginning June 11, 2013, and no one should care

About fourteen days ago Air France introduced an important devaluation of these Flying Blue program, at the very least for non-coach redemptions. The redemption prices for premium cottage prizes went way up, while the gasoline taxes on instructor redemptions went down. An increase that was announced by alaska partners with Air France ( and for matter just about any airline with the word aaira in their name ), and interestingly within their redemption rates for travel on Air France starting June 11, 2013. Essentially redemption rates to Europe are going up by 25,000 miles running a business school, the same amount Air France is increasing redemption rates through their program: And the cost of redemptions to Africa, the Middle East, and India, may also be increasing by 20,000 miles running a business class: As the most readily useful use of Alaska miles has never been for vacation on Air France, first of all, I donat really worry about this decline. And really Air France is kind of a pointless partner anyhow, since last year they began issuing only a sub group of their award supply to partner airlines, and that means award place is nearly impossible to find in these days for some of the year if not reserving directly through Flying Blue. But more than other things Iam kind of fascinated with the decision to alter these particular redemptions. Companion airlines have different payoff costs than the anativea airlines all the time, so why did this decline occur? Did Air France choose they donat want their partners aunder pricinga them? In that case, is a Delta devaluation next? And if this is just a random decline, of all the prices they can devalue, why this one? Oddly they leave their Cathay Pacific payoff rates to South Africa, India, and the Middle East intact (at 140,000 miles for roundtrip first class), their American rates to Japan intact (at 100,000 miles for roundtrip business class), their Korean Air rates to a lot of Asia intact (at 105,000 miles for roundtrip business class), and their Qantas rates to Australia intact (at 110,000 miles for roundtrip business class). Therefore I do you know what Iam wanting to say in a very backwards way isa thanks Alaska! (Tip of the hat to Gary)

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