Korean Air’s Skypass frequent-flyer club is increasing the amount of miles members can accrue on select business and economy fare classes on flights operated by Vietnam Airlines starting next month.
The changes apply to all routes operated by Vietnam Airlines and are due to come into effect from December 1, 2017 onwards. Both carriers are members of the Skyteam airline alliance.
One of the most promising changes is that business class tickets with the fare class “I” will now earn Skypass members miles, something they don’t currently do. The accrual rate will be set at 125 per cent, the same as business class seats with a D fare class.
For economy class, tickets with a U fare class will also now accrue miles, earning at a rate of 100 per cent. S fare class tickets will also join the 100 per cent accrual bracket from December 1 onwards, up from their current 75 per cent.
Different from cabin classes, fare classes are used by airlines to separate seats on an aircraft into different categories, with specific fares and rules applicable to each. Full fare tickets tend to have fewer restrictions, such as on re-bookings and miles earning, than discounted tickets.
Korean Air’s upcoming changes for miles accrual on Vietnam Airlines flights therefore means that a larger variety of tickets will accrue miles at a favourable rate for Skypass members than have done previously.
Korea’s flag carrier also made changes to its miles accrual rates for Skypass members flying on China Eastern, Air France and KLM flights earlier this year. Each of these airlines are also members of the Skyteam alliance.