Lufthansa next to go revenue based and Hyatt announces category changes

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Lufthansa joins the march to revenue-based earning

Last month, I wrote about both British Airways and Air France announcing moves to become revenue-based for earning frequent flyer miles.

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I talked about how this is the way airlines are going and to be prepared for more airlines to follow suit and, eventually, probably become revenue-based for redemption as well in the style that Southwest and JetBlue use where a point is worth a fairly fixed rate and premium redemptions become astronomical.

It’s a main reason why I’m so adamant that you should Earn and Burn your miles and points.

Lufthansa today announced that their Miles and More program will become revenue-based for earnings starting March 12, 2018.  Members will earn 4 miles per Euro spent with a 50% bonus for status members of Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian, United, Air Canada, Adria, Air Dolomiti, LOT Polish Airlines and Croatia Airlines.  Status with other partners means a 25% bonus instead of 50%.

Importantly, and like other programs before it, this will apply to tickets issued on Lufthansa group ticket stock (220, 724, 257, 082).  If it is ticketed by another airline (for instance, on a United ticket), you would still earn according to booking class and flight length.

Also, like other programs before it going revenue-based, this does not currently affect the way you earn Miles and More status or award redemptions.

Hyatt category changes

I’m so used to any category adjustments meaning a huge increase in prices that I was pleasantly surprised to see that Hyatt’s category adjustment is almost non-existent.

Only 9 hotels were adjusted today, but take note that they are in effect as of this Wednesday, so act now if you see one you want going up. Be sure to book that today/tomorrow.

Lucky at OMAAT published the list of changes. The only one going down is the Confidante Hotel in Miami Beach (Cat 6 to Cat 4).  Two in Orlando, and one each in St. Paul, Augusta, Santa Cruz, Carmel, Long Island, and Shenzhen, China move up 1-2 categories.

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