And you think we will have it bad in 2015? Just look at what Flying Blue flyers have been “enjoying” for quite some time. Let’s take a casual flyer who is buying the cheapest coach ticket they can find to fly from Atlanta to Amsterdam. According to their award earnings chart, if you are Ivory, AKA to us just a Skymiles member, you can earn as little as 25% of the flown miles in Flying blue points. Yikes!
And, if I pick a flight in January next year (price & tax about same other way), and look at the very bottom of the page I find that the seats will in fact earn round trip the bare minimum of 2200 miles for this ticket and notice that about 50% of the ticket is considered tax.
If I go and pick the same ticket on Delta.com for the same flights the price does work out the same but the tax part is clearly much different and
When we look at how many points you will earn on the Skymiles2015 system we find it is almost 3 times more than the KLM one and earns FULL MQMs (level miles for KLM). Don’t get me wrong, it still totally stinks compared to the almost 9000 points you would get had you taken this trip one week sooner!
To be fair to Flying Blue, the award space is MUCH better and they have discounts often on the amount of miles it takes for award space and you can send AMEX Membership rewards points over 1:1 too. However, I guess the funny and sad thing about all of this, if in fact the Delta award space DOES open up a bunch more as promised (we will see), then Delta could end up poaching a bunch of flyers over FROM Flying Blue to Skymiles. 🙂 – René