Turkish Airlines sent out an email yesterday with “A new era in Miles&Smiles is launching at June 1” title. Whenever there is an “enhancement” or in this case “a new era” it tend to mean that they are taking you to a cleaners and Miles&Smiles is no different.
In essence, you will earn less miles for your flights and need more miles for those award tickets. The earning on discount economy is reduced from 100% to 25% of the flown miles.
You can access Turkish Airlines website for the “New Era” here.
New Earning Chart
Old Earning Chart
Classic Plus members now earn the same reduced elite bonus as Miles&Smiles Elite & Elite Plus members. The number of award miles that you can earn for business class fares is reduced to 1.6 to 1.75 times for elite members and non-elite members earn 1.35 times in cheaper business class fares compared to 1.5 credit previously
The worst change is that the lower economy fares no longer earn 100% mileage credit. W and P fare classes now only earn 25% and T, L and V earn 50% compared to 100% earning previously. Now all Turkish Airlines paid fares earn (some) miles though.
The number of miles that you earn for full economy changes from 100% to 125%. Buying full economy fares rarely make sense, as you can usually buy discounted business class for about the same price of often even for less.
The number of miles that you earn for discounted (A) premium economy (Comfort) drops from 125% to 100%. The number of miles that you earn for full premium economy (O/A) moves from 125% to 135%.
Stockholm To Jakarta
To get 100% award miles earnings you must pay almost double the lowest economy fare (these are before fuel surcharges so the actual difference is not as big).
Old Award Chart Turkish Airlines
Old Award Chart Star Alliance
Turkish Airlines no longer has different award chart for TK and other Star Alliance flights. You can redeem for one-way awards at half the number of miles.
Turkish Airlines has now divided the previous Europe zone to Europe 1 and Europe 2. Near East award region is merged with Middle East. Hawaii has moved from North America to Oceania zone.
Note that I plan to publish tomorrow side by side comparison between the old and the new award charts.
You can now upgrade all paid fare classes and the required number of miles for a business class upgrade is 50% of the award miles required for the same city pair.
This “New Era” will hit those Turkish Airlines frequent fliers hard that tend to fly on deep discount economy fares that will only earn quarter of the miles compared to current 100%.
The only winners are those that buy Y/B full economy fares, premium economy (A/O) and Classic Plus members that fly on business class fares.
I really like the fact that Turkish will allow one-way awards at half the number of miles required for return ones.
Let’s hope that Turkish will streamline the issuance of Star Alliance award tickets. It makes no sense that you cannot do the ticketing over the phone, but that you actually have to visit one of TK’s CTO’s to have them load the taxes and issue the electronic ticket.