New Changes for the Alaska Airlines Mileage Program in 2015

New Changes for the Alaska Airlines Mileage Program in 2015
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With the recent Delta and United program devaluations, it's always scary when a new press release comes out from an airline for us frequent flyers.  Alaska Airlines unveiled new earning rules today- let's see what the changes are!

Better for High Spending Elites

While Delta continues to devalue its program for its elite members, Alaska has actually given more earning potential to MVP Gold 75K members in its program (if you want a full run-down of their program, check out our post on the subject here).  As you can see in the chart below, you'll now receive a 125% bonus for flying the airline starting January 1st, 2015:  Screen-Shot-2014-11-26-at-11.02.02-AM-530x279

Business Travelers Benefit, Too

Full-fare paying flyers, many of them business travelers see a bump from Alaska's new changes as well.  F (first class), P (nonrefundable first class) flyers will now receive a 75% bonus when they fly Alaska.  This is an increase from a 50% bonus they saw earlier.  Y (refundable coach) sees its bonus increase to 50% from 25% in 2015, and S, B, and M fares (non-refundable coach) increase to 50%, 25% and 25% respectively.

Delta Flyers Lose

The real losers are Delta flyers who credit their miles to Alaska.  From Alaska:

Eonomy Cabin:
Earn 25% actual flight miles* flown in E class of service;
Earn 50% actual flight miles* flown in L, U, T, X, V class of service;
Earn 75% actual flight miles* flown in H, Q, K class of service;
Earn actual flight miles* flown in B, M, S class of service;
Earn actual flight miles* flown in Y class of service, plus 25% Bonus Miles

Business Elite (Business Class) Cabin:
Earn actual flight miles* flown in Z class of service, plus 25% Bonus Miles;
Earn actual flight miles* flown in D, I class of service, plus 50% Bonus Miles;
Earn actual flight miles* flown in J, C class of service, plus 75% Bonus Miles;

First Class Cabin:
Earn actual flight miles* flown in G class of service, plus 25% Bonus Miles;
Earn actual flight miles* flown in A class of service, plus 75% Bonus Miles;
Earn actual flight miles* flown in F, P class of service, plus 100% Bonus Miles;

You read that right- E class economy flyers will only be earning 25% of the miles flown to their Alaska Air accounts.  Other economy fares will only earn 50% or 75% of the actual miles flown.  This is a major hit for Delta flyers that credit miles to Alaska.  It seems to me that the once strong partnership between the two airlines will be going the way of the dinosaurs sooner rather than later.