The annual reward program devaluations continues: Philippine Airlines announced that they are reducing the mileage earn rates in their rewards program Mabuhay Miles. Fortunately, it’s a small adjustment and only a small number of fare classes are impacted. Check out the new earning tables and when they are effective – if you have upcoming travel plans with Philippine Airlines, it might make sense to book quickly to capture the old mileage accrual rates!
Each year, rewards programs adjust their earning and redemption rates and now it’s Philippine Airlines turn: Effective for tickets issued from January 25, 2019 (March 23, 2019 for Korea/Japan routes), reduced accrual rates apply. The top earning rate for full-fare business class tickets (C, J) is reduced from 175% to 150% and discounted businss class tickets (I). Earning in the newly introduced Premium Economy class (N, W) is reduced from 125% to 100%. Discounted economy class tickets are also reduced, K from 75% to 50% and Q from 100% to 75%.
While these seem like minor adjustments, it’s curious that Philippine Airlines (PAL) is reducing the earnings for their updated Business Class and their just recently introduced Premium Economy class! It’s unclear to me, whether PAL thinks they don’t need to entice premium cabin travelers with miles or this is cost driven.
While their Business Class and Premium Economy is now more competitive and they offer exclusive non-stop flights on some routes from the US and Canada to Manila, they want to compete in the market of connecting passengers from North America to Asia – and that’s a very competitive market with both better and cheaper products available.
If you are planning to purchase tickets in the affected fare classes, it might make sense to have the tickets issued by January 24, 2019 (March 22, 2019 Korea/Japan) to earn at the old rates.
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