Korean Air is making some slight tweaks to the miles accrual rates that members of its Skypass frequent-flyer programme can get when travelling in certain fare classes on board flights operated by Delta Air Lines, Aeromexico, Aerolineas Argentinas and Aeroflot.
The changes are set to take effect from July 1 and are something of a mixed bag. Some fare classes on some of the airlines will award more miles than they do currently, while others will earn fewer.
Here’s a rundown of what the changes will entail.
Delta Air Lines
Changes to the accrual rates for passengers travelling with Korean Air’s joint-venture partner are rather minor, but are positive.
Previously, Skypass members travelling on “S” code economy class tickets wouldn’t earn any miles, but from July 1 onwards the accrual rate will jump up to 110 per cent – the same as a “P” or “W” full-fare economy class ticket.
Below is the new miles accrual table for Skypass members flying on Delta Air Lines flights from July 1 onwards.
Accrual rate changes for Skypass members travelling on Aeromexico services are similarly positive.
Most notably, this includes “I” business class fare class tickets going from 100 per cent miles accrual to 125 per cent – the same as full-fare “J”, “C”, and “D” business class fares.
Meanwhile, a number of economy class fares types that don’t currently offer any miles earning will do so after July 1.
Economy class “W” fares will go from no accrual to a full 100 per cent accrual; “R” fares will go from no accrual to 50 per cent; and “V” fares will go from no accrual to 25 per cent.
Below is the new miles accrual table for Skypass members flying on Aeromexico flights from July 1 onwards.
As with Delta Air Lines, the changes to the Aerolineas accrual rates are relatively slight, but unlike the Delta rates these aren’t positive.
Economy class “G” fare types currently offer 50 per cent miles accrual. However, from July 1 onwards they will offer absolutely nothing.
Below is the new miles accrual table for Skypass members flying on Aerolineas flights from July 1 onwards.
The greatest number of changes come with the accrual rates for Russia’s Aeroflot, and they’re all negative.
Fortunately business class passengers won’t see any changes, but the same can’t be said for those in economy.
Tickets carrying an “S” or “A” fare code currently offer the full 100 per cent miles accrual, but this will drop to 75 per cent on July 1.
Meanwhile, “H” and “L” fares, which currently provide 75 per cent accrual, will be knocked down to just 50 per cent.
Finally, “E” and “N” fares will go from 50 per cent accrual to 40 per cent.
Below is the new miles accrual table for Skypass members flying on Aeroflot flights from July 1 onwards.
In related news, top-tier Skypass members now have a new lounge option available to them at Seoul’s Incheon Airport following the opening yesterday of a Korean Air Lounge at Terminal 1, though at the expense of the airline’s former Concourse lounge that has now been shut.