One of the best things to happen to Star Alliance airlines was the status match they offer to their Gold Elite level, which was first revealed on this blog. While I still haven’t made it to their CIP lounge in Istanbul, I hear often it is one of the best business class lounges out there.
Turkish Airlines had a dual redemption chart: one for redemption on Turkish Airlines metal and one on Star Alliance airlines. Last month, they revealed that the program was going to be revamped, and new program is going to be launched as of June 1, 2014. Just a short while back, they launched a new website dedicated to the new mileage program at www.new-milesandsmiles.com.
Here are some of the details of the new Miles & Smiles program:
- Turkish Airlines: Earlier, you’d earn 100% to 150% of mileage flown as per your cabin of travel, now you get it as per ticketed cabin. The new mileage table is
samefor Turkish Airlines and all partners.
Old earning table
New Earning Table
- New Redemption Table: Same redemption table for Star Alliance airline partners as well as Turkish Airlines. Some increase in prices, but decreases as well. No difference for high and low seasons. More availability of award tickets in saver buckets, what TK calls Capacity Controlled Award Tickets. one way tickets at 50% of roundtrip tickets. For instance, Turkey to North America business class tickets were available for 35000 miles + 141 USD one way. Now, they are available for 45000 miles, which isn’t exactly gutting the chart in my book.
Here is the old Award Chart and the New One. For instance, Central Asia to North America in Economy was 80K miles round trip, now it is 68K miles. In business class, it is now going to 105K as compared to the existing 100K existing, so no big difference. And one-way it will be only 2500 miles difference.
- Companion Awards now cheaper: Earlier, a revenue passenger could issue a companion award with 100% of saver availability, now the companion awards will be only 70% of saver availability.
- Upgrades on all classes: Earlier, there was a differential award chart for upgrades basis the class of booking, and now all upgrades are going to be processed at 50% of saver award value on the same route.
That is the crux of the new Miles & Smiles program. Still a very attractive program, and they are currently offering miles for sale at 1.8 US Cents per mile under a 50% bonus offer.
More analysis coming soon, and this is the preferred program for Star Alliance miles for me.