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Standard Chartered Bank offers 100% bonus for transferring points to Emirates Skywards

Limited time promotion runs until 8 March.

Standard Chartered bank is offering a 100% conversion bonus for its cardmembers for transferring points into Emirates Skywards miles from now until 8 March 2020.

Standard Chartered Bank X Infinite Visa card

While the promotion is targeted at the X Infinite Visa cardholders, as long as you have a Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) credit card that allows you to earn points, you are eligible for the promotion.

Emirates Skywards programme

Emirates Skywards miles aren’t usually good value due to the number of miles required for redemptions and the fuel surcharges that come with it. Moreover, Emirates doesn’t belong to any alliances, so your options are pretty much limited.

However, with this offer, the awards become a lot more sensible. you can make a number of redemption options that are comparable to what you might normally spend on Singapore Airlines’ Krisflyer.

Emirates A380 business class cabin

If you have been converting your SCB 360 Rewards points to Krisflyer all these while, your effective mpd of 1.2 for Krisflyer is now worth 1.7 mpd if you are converting them to Emirates Skywards. Overseas transactions, which gives you 2 mpd if you are converting to Krisflyer, will be effectively 2.9 mpd for Emirates Skywards under this promotion.

For those lucky enough to lap up the 100,000 miles sign-up bonus (in the form of 250,000 360 Rewards points) last year, if you have kept your points, you can now change them for 140,000 Emirates Skywards miles – more than enough for a one-way business class trip to Europe.

Note that Emirates Skywards miles have a validity of 3+ years. Miles earned or transferred expires at the end of your birthday month after the third year mark from the time they are earned.

For example, if your birthday is in June and you earned the miles in February 2020, your miles will expire on 30 June 2023.

What can I use Emirates Skywards miles for?

The obvious answer will be for Emirates flights. Apart from Dubai, Emirates also flies to Melbourne from Singapore, as well as Penang from April 2020.

For 17,500 miles, you can redeem a one-way economy class ticket to Penang from Singapore, but don’t – it’s poor value. Instead, opt up for 27,500 miles in business class, or if you are feeling fancy, 37,500 for first class.

If you want to fly further, you can also opt for business class or first class tickets to Melbourne, at 62,500 and 85,000 miles respectively. This option is operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, so the business class is a 2-3-2 configuration, similar to this one that I took from Dubai last year.

Emirates B777-300ER business class

Emirates doesn’t belong to any alliances, but they have a handful of partners you can use the miles on, including Qantas.

Qantas redemptions to Sydney or Melbourne are most useful in business or first class, at 60,000 and 90,000 miles respectively, plus fuel surcharge and taxes.

Qantas first class suite

One shortcoming of using Emirates Skywards programme is the high fuel surcharges you have to shell out.

Final thoughts

If you are a holder of this card and a fan of Emirates, this represent excellent value for redemptions on Emirates, given that there isn’t really many options to redeem Emirates flights from this part of the world.

With the 100% bonus, this offer has also become a much more attractive way of redeeming Emirates tickets, and in some cases, cheaper than using Krisflyer miles to redeem a similar itinerary on Singapore Airlines. The obvious downside is the huge fuel surcharge that comes with redemption, but in some cases, such as a first class experience on the A380, it’s definitely worth every cent.

Earn double status credits on Qantas Frequent Flyer

Register for the promotion and book a flight from now until 25 Feb 2020, 9pm Singapore Time

For the minority of you who are Qantas Frequent Flyer members, Qantas is running its double status credits promotion again. The promotion runs until 25 Febuary 2020 9pm Singapore Time, for travel between 28 February 2020 and 14 February 2021.

How to register for the promotion

The mechanics are fairly simple:
1. Register for the promotion here. Needless to say, you need to be a Qantas Frequent Flyer member first. You will receive an email confirmation, after which you are good to book your flights.

2. Book your flight between 20 to 25 February 2020. Your flight(s) must be between 28 February 2020 and 14 February 2021. Note that the deadline for booking is 11.59pm AEDT (Sydney time), so that means 9pm Singapore time.

3. Only Qantas-operated flights with a Qantas flight number (QF XXXX) are eligible for the promotion. So if you booked an Emirates-operated flight with a QF flight number, or a Qantas flight with a codeshare number, tough luck.

4. Travel and wait for your bonus status credits to come in!

Now the fine print…

Only flights booked after you registered for the promotion will count. So be sure to receive the confirmation email before you start booking.

Confirmation email for your registration

You can book as many flights as you want during this promotion and all of them will qualify for bonus status credits.

Unlike the previous promotion, you will have to fly on a Qantas-operated flight this time round to qualify for this bonus. This means a flight that is operated using a Qantas aircraft, using a Qantas crew with a Qantas flight number.

What does this do for me? Can I use them for flights?

As with many other Oneworld programmes, Qantas has two separate currencies: Qantas points which you can use to redeem for award flights and use them as cash, and Status Credits which accumulate towards a higher membership tier, opening up benefits such as lounge access.

While you can get points pretty easily through non-flight activities, such as transferring from credit cards (DBS and Citibank are transfer partners here in Singapore), status credits are hard to come by as you will need to physically fly in order to accumulate them.

So how many status credits will I need?

For Qantas, 300 credits will get you Silver (oneworld Ruby), 700 credits to Gold (oneworld Sapphire) and 1,400 credits to Platinum (oneworld Emerald).

So of course, silver is rather lame in my opinion, with the only re benefit being the 50% bonus Qantas Points you will earn with every flight.

Gold is where the real deal begins. With Gold and oneworld Sapphire, you will get access to Qantas business lounges (except when travelling domestically in Australia, you will get Qantas Club access instead), as well as oneworld business lounges, such as the incredibly good Cathay Pacific lounges in Hong Kong.

Best part of being a QFF Gold member based in Singapore is that if you are flying Jetstar Asia (3K), you can also access the Qantas Singapore lounge before your flight.

You also get 75% more points on all eligible flights, so that’s pretty awesome if you ask me.

Platinum is where you probably want to be if you are a serious flier. However, it’s gonna be really hard to hit 1,400 status credits in a single year unless you visit London five times a year in Business class. That’s way too much money to spend on prestige, but if you have that kind of money, you will get access to oneworld First Class lounges, including Qantas’ flagship First lounge in Sydney and their latest first class lounge right here in Singapore. You will also enjoy 100% bonuses on all Qantas points earned.

Qantas Singapore First Lounge

How many status credits will I earn under this promo?

This promotion offers 100% bonus, so that is pretty hefty. If you can clock just 350 status credits before the 100% bonus, that will launch you straight to gold.

Flying business class on Qantas from Singapore to Sydney and back? That’s 120 status credits one way, so giving you a total of 480 status credits with the double status credits promotion.

If you don’t mind taking a little detour, plan your trip with a transit via Melbourne, and you will get 160 status credits each way for a total of 640 roundtrip, after the bonus. That’s just a little shy of gold.

My strategy – keeping it around $5 per status credit

As most of my travel are spent on my own dime, I often try to find flights that work out to around $5 per status credit. Qantas flights are typically expensive for the number of status credits they offer, but with this double status credit promotion, it comes close to that sweet spot of $5 per SC.

I’ll be taking this chance to try Qantas’ premium economy cabin on the new(-ish) Dreamliner come May, which has gotten great reviews since it was launched two years ago.

Qantas Dreamliner premium economy (photo: Qantas)

My flight was about $1,700 roundtrip to Sydney (via Melbourne) and I’ll be netting 320 status credits, translating to an average of $5.31 per SC. Still a little off the mark, but good enough.

Final thoughts

While I’m a fan of Qantas Frequent Flyer because of the ease of accumulate status credits using Jetstar flights, Qantas’ own flights tend to be a little expensive when it comes to their own services.

It’s been a long while since Qantas offered an open status credit promotion, since the last one back in August 2018. Qantas has been experimenting with targeted status credit promotions since, and sadly most offshore members are not included in the targeted promotions.

This promotion is probably timely, given the global slowdown in air travel given the ongoing Covid-19 issue, so this will help to give that much needed boost to bring people back in the air. And hey, it’s never too early to plan for year-end holiday right now.

Qantas to operate its Dreamliners on Singapore-Melbourne services

The service is a downgauge from the daily A380 service, along with 15% capacity reductions across Asia services to Australia

Qantas will be operating its newest fleet – the Boeing Dreamliner 787-9s – on the Singapore-Melbourne route from an unspecified time until May.

The service is a response to the on-going Covid-19 crisis, which have seen airlines around the world slashing capacity as people think twice about international travel during this period of time.

What is changing?

The current QF35/36 service between Singapore and Melbourne is operated by an A380, which can carry up to 484 passengers. This will be replaced by the Boeing Dreamliner 787-9 from 30 March up to 24 May, which will carry 236 passengers in three classes.

The second daily Melbourne service, operated as QF37/38, operated using an A330, will only be cancelled on selected days in the month of March. Details below:

Betwen 9 and 29 Mar 2020:

SectorFlight no.ArrivalDepartureDurationAircraft typeDay of ops
SIN – MELQF3620150635(+1)7h 20mA380Daily
SIN – MELQF38234010107h 30mA330Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun
MEL -SINQF35121518158hA380Daily
MEL – SINQF37172022157h 55mA330Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun

Between 30 March and 24 May 2020:

SectorFlight no.ArrivalDepartureDurationAircraft typeDay of ops
SIN – MELQF3620150535(+1)*7h 20mB787-9Daily
SIN – MELQF3823300900*7h 30mA330Daily
MEL -SINQF351215*18158hB787-9Daily
MEL – SINQF371555*22057h 55mA330Daily

*flight departs & arrives one hour later between 30 Mar & 4 Apr due to daylight savings time

Qantas Dreamliner Premium Economy cabin

The change of aircraft also means that there will not be any first class service to Melbourne for now, given that Qantas only has first class on the A380 fleet.

First class passengers on Qantas will now have to fly via Sydney

For first class customers out of Singapore or transferring from London, this will mean that they will have to fly via Sydney if they wish to retain their first class seat. The transfer experience in Sydney is pretty horrific though, so I’m not sure if that’s actually worth the hassle, plus the additional three hours of journey time.

Qantas is also slashing Hong Kong capacity

Qantas currently operates four daily services between Hong Kong and Australia – 2 daily flights to Sydney, and one each to Brisbane and Melbourne.

Given the current situation, Qantas will be slashing almost half the flights. Services between Sydney and Hong Kong will be reduced to one daily, while flights to Brisbane and Melbourne from Hong Kong will be reduced to 4 and 5 times weekly respectively.

What Qantas says

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce had said the outbreak had led to a drop in demand for flights across the region.

We have a lot of flexibility in how we respond across the Group. We can extend these cuts, cut deeper if we need to, or add capacity back in. Maintaining our strategic position is also key.

We know demand into Asia – particularly, China – will rebound, and we’ll be able to ramp up when it does.

In the meantime, we’ll minimise the impact of reduced flying on our people by using annual leave – tapping into what is a significant balance across Qantas.

And we’ll take advantage of having the equivalent of 18 aircraft on the ground by bringing forward maintenance.

When you combine the capacity action we’re taking, with the drop in fuel price since Coronavirus escalated, we expect to mitigate the total impact on our bottom line to somewhere between $100 million and $150 million in the second half.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce

Final thoughts

While the virus has brought about a global reduction of capacity, there are some upsides to these changes. The Qantas Dreamliner is finally coming to Singapore, and it boasts one of the world’s best premium economy cabins so if you are looking to splurge a little – here’s your chance!

Singapore Airlines Spontaneous Escapes March 2020 offer now on

Singapore Airlines have unveiled its offerings for the March edition of Spontaneous Escapes, with 55 destinations on sale

Surprisingly for a school holiday month, there seems to be a bumper crop of destinations on offer, although there are also plenty of restrictions. One possible reason for the extraordinary availability could be Covid-19, although China is (obviously) not on offer at all.

The promotional mileage is 30% off the usual redemption rates, down from the one-off 51% discount last month.

As usual, bookings must be made by 29 February 2020, for travel between 1 to 31 March 2020, barring blackout dates.

What is good this month?

If you still dare to travel in the month of March, you can consider the following:

  • Barcelona, Dusseldorf, Rome and Zurich are all available in Business Class available at 64,400 miles plus taxes.
  • San Francisco on SQ1/2, going at 66,500 miles each way. Note that SQ1/2 will be operating non-stop to/from SFO between 17 Feb and 28 Mar to avoid Hong Kong.

Full list of destinations and details below:

Singapore Airlines

Southeast Asia

SectorMiles required – EconomyFlight no.Blackout datesMiles required – BusinessFlight no.Blackout dates
Singapore to Kuala Lumpur5,250SQ104, SQ106, SQ112, SQ116, SQ11813,300SQ104, SQ106, SQ112, SQ116, SQ118
Kuala Lumpur to Singapore5,250SQ105, SQ107, SQ113, SQ117, SQ11913,300SQ105, SQ107, SQ113, SQ117, SQ119
Singapore to Jakarta5,250SQ950, SQ958, SQ96013,300SQ950, SQ958, SQ960
Jakarta to Singapore5,250SQ953, SQ96713,300SQ953, SQ967
Singapore to Surabaya5,250SQ930, SQ93213,300SQ930, SQ932
Surabaya to Singapore5,250SQ931, SQ93313,300SQ931, SQ933
Singapore to Bali13,300SQ938, SQ940, SQ942, SQ946, SQ948
Bali to Singapore13,300SQ939, SQ941, SQ943, SQ947, SQ949
Singapore to Bandar Seri Begawan13,300SQ148
Bandar Seri Begawan to Singapore13,300SQ147
Singapore to Yangon8,750SQ99815,050SQ998
Yangon to Singapore8,750SQ99715,050SQ997
Hanoi to Singapore8,750SQ175, SQ187
Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City8,750SQ184, SQ186
Ho Chi Minh City to Singapore8,750SQ183, SQ185
Singapore to Bangkok8,750SQ970, SQ976, SQ978, SQ98213-15 March, 20-22 March 202015,050SQ970, SQ976, SQ978, SQ98213-15 March, 20-22 March 2020
Bangkok to Singapore8,750SQ973, SQ98113-15 March, 20-22 March 202015,050SQ973, SQ981, SQ98313-15 March, 20-22 March 2020
Singapore to Manila8,750SQ912, SQ916, SQ91815,050SQ912, SQ916, SQ918
Manila to Singapore8,750SQ915, SQ919, SQ92115,050SQ915, SQ919, SQ921
Singapore to Phuket8,750SQ99213-15 March, 20-22 March 202015,050SQ99213-15 March, 20-22 March 2020
Phuket to Singapore8,750SQ99313-15 March, 20-22 March 202015,050SQ99313-15 March, 20-22 March 2020

North Asia – Economy & Business

SectorMiles required – EconomyFlight no.Blackout datesMiles required – BusinessFlight no.Blackout dates
Singapore to Seoul17,500SQ60213-16, 21-23 Mar32,900SQ602, SQ608
Seoul to Singapore17,500SQ603, SQ609, SQ60732,900SQ603, SQ607, SQ609
Singapore to Fukuoka32,900SQ65618-30 Mar
Fukuoka to Singapore32,900SQ655
Tokyo to Singapore17,500SQ631, SQ635, SQ637, SQ63919-22, 25-29 Mar32,900SQ11
Nagoya to Singapore17,500SQ6714-14 Mar32,900SQ67125-29 Mar
Osaka to Singapore17,500SQ62118-22 Mar

North Asia – Premium Economy

SectorMiles required – Premium EconomyFlight no.Blackout dates
Tokyo to Singapore24,150SQ11

South Asia

SectorMiles required – EconomyFlight no.Blackout datesMiles required – BusinessFlight no.Blackout dates
Singapore to Ahmedabad12,950SQ53027,300SQ530
Singapore to Kolkata27,300SQ517
Kolkata to Singapore27,300SQ516
Dhaka to Singapore27,300SQ447
Singapore to Malé12,950SQ452
Malé to Singapore12,950SQ451

Australia & New ZealandEconomy & Business

SectorMiles required – EconomyFlight no.Blackout datesMiles required – BusinessFlight no.Blackout dates
Singapore to Adelaide19,600SQ2791-10 Mar43,400SQ279
Adelaide to Singapore19,600SQ27826-31 Mar43,400SQ278
Singapore to Brisbane19,600SQ25543,400SQ255, SQ265
Brisbane to Singapore19,600SQ23643,400SQ236, SQ266
Singapore to Canberra19,600SQ28843,400SQ288
Canberra to Singapore43,400SQ288
Singapore to Melbourne19,600SQ207, SQ227, SQ237
Singapore to Sydney19,600SQ211, SQ221, SQ23143,400SQ231, SQ241
Sydney to Singapore19,600SQ222, SQ232, SQ28843,400SQ288
Singapore to Wellington19,600SQ247
Wellington to Singapore19,600SQ248

Australia – Premium Economy

SectorMiles required – Premium EconomyFlight no.Blackout dates
Singapore to Canberra32,900SQ288
Canberra to Singapore32,900SQ288
Singapore to Melbourne32,900SQ217, SQ227, SQ237
Melbourne to Singapore32,900SQ218
Singapore to Sydney32,900SQ221, SQ231
Sydney to Singapore32,900SQ212, SQ232, SQ288

Africa & Middle East – Economy & Business

SectorMiles required – EconomyFlight no.Blackout datesMiles required – BusinessFlight no.Blackout dates
Singapore to Dubai17,500SQ49434,300SQ494
Dubai to Singapore17,500SQ49534,300SQ495
Singapore to Johannesburg17,500SQ48234,300SQ482
Johannesburg to Singapore17,500SQ48134,300SQ481

Africa & Middle East – Premium Economy

SectorMiles required – Premium EconomyFlight no.Blackout dates
Singapore to Dubai25,900SQ494
Dubai to Singapore25,900SQ495
Singapore to Johannesburg25,900SQ482
Johannesburg to Singapore25,900SQ481

Europe – Economy & Business

SectorMiles required – EconomyFlight no.Blackout datesMiles required – BusinessFlight no.Blackout dates
Paris to Singapore26,600SQ333
Singapore to Barcelona26,600SQ38864,400SQ388
Barcelona to Singapore26,600SQ38764,400SQ387
Düsseldorf to Singapore64,400SQ337
Singapore to London26,600SQ308
London to Singapore26,600SQ305, SQ31720-31 Mar
Milan to Singapore26,600SQ35520-31 Mar
Rome to Singapore26,600SQ36521-28 Mar64,400SQ365
Singapore to Zürich26,600SQ346
Zürich to Singapore26,600SQ34564,400SQ345

Europe – Premium Economy

SectorMiles required – Premium EconomyFlight no.Blackout dates
Singapore to Paris45,150SQ334
Paris to Singapore45,150SQ333, SQ335
Barcelona to Singapore45,150SQ387
Düsseldorf to Singapore45,150SQ337
Rome to Singapore45,150SQ365
Zürich to Singapore45,150SQ345
Frankfurt to New York32,900SQ26
New York to Frankfurt32,900SQ25

USA – Economy & Business

DatesMiles required – EconomyFlight no.Blackout datesMiles required – BusinessFlight no.Blackout dates
Singapore to San Francisco26,600SQ266,500SQ2
San Francisco to Singapore26,600SQ1, SQ3166,500SQ1

USA – Premium Economy

SectorMiles required – Premium EconomyFlight no.Blackout dates
Singapore to Los Angeles47,600SQ36, SQ38
Los Angeles to Singapore47,600SQ35, SQ37
Singapore to San Francisco47,600SQ2
San Francisco to Singapore47,600SQ1
New York to Singapore51,100SQ21

SilkAir

South East Asia

SectorMiles required – EconomyFlight no.Blackout datesMiles required – BusinessFlight no.Blackout dates
Singapore to Kuala Lumpur5,250MI322, MI324, MI326, MI328, MI330, MI340, MI34213,300MI326, MI328, MI330, MI340, MI342
Kuala Lumpur to Singapore5,250MI321, MI323, MI325, MI327, MI329, MI339, MI34113,300MI321, MI323, MI325, MI341
Singapore to Penang5,250MI346, MI348, MI350, MI352, MI35413-15, 20-22 Mar13,300MI346, MI348, MI350, MI352, MI354
Penang to Singapore5,250MI345, MI347, MI349, MI351, MI35313-15, 20-22 Mar13,300MI345, MI347, MI349, MI351, MI353
Singapore to Bandung5,250MI192, MI194, MI19615-31 Mar
Bandung to Singapore5,250MI191, MI193, MI19515-31 Mar
Singapore to Bali13,300MI176
Bali to Singapore13,300MI175
Singapore to Surabaya5,250MI22613,300MI226
Surabaya to Singapore5,250MI22513,300MI225
Singapore to Lombok5,250MI124, MI12813,300MI124, MI128
Lombok to Singapore5,250MI123, MI12713,300MI123, MI127
Singapore to Medan5,250MI234, MI238
Medan to Singapore5,250MI233, MI237
Singapore to Davao City8,750MI56215,050MI562
Davao City to Singapore8,750MI56215,050MI562
Singapore to Cebu8,750MI56215,050MI562
Cebu to Singapore8,750MI55915,050MI559
Singapore to Phuket8,750MI750, MI756, MI75813-15, 20-22 Mar15,050MI750, MI756, MI75813-15, 20-22 Mar
Phuket to Singapore8,750MI749, MI75113-15, 20-22 Mar15,050MI749, MI75113-15, 20-22 Mar
Singapore to Koh Samui15,050MI774
Koh Samui to Singapore15,050MI771
Singapore to Yangon8,750MI51815,050MI518
Yangon to Singapore8,750MI51915,050MI519
Singapore to Siem Reap8,750MI614, MI61615,050MI614, MI616
Singapore to Phnom Penh8,750MI602, MI606, MI60815,050MI602, MI606, MI608
Phnom Penh to Singapore8,750MI601, MI605, MI60715,050MI601, MI605, MI607

North Asia

SectorMiles required – EconomyFlight no.Blackout datesMiles required – BusinessFlight no.Blackout dates
Singapore to Hiroshima32,900MI868
Hiroshima to Singapore32,900MI867

South Asia

SectorMiles required – EconomyFlight no.Blackout datesMiles required – BusinessFlight no.Blackout dates
Singapore to Chennai12,950MI43627,300MI436
Chennai to Singapore27,300MI435
Singapore to Hyderabad12,950MI472
Singapore to Kochi12,950MI46827,300MI468
Kochi to Singapore27,300MI467
Singapore to Colombo12,950MI428
Colombo to Singapore12,950MI427
Singapore to Kathmandu27,300MI416
Kathmandu to Singapore27,300MI415
Singapore to Malé12,950MI480
Malé to Singapore12,950MI479

Australia

SectorMiles required – EconomyFlight no.Blackout datesMiles required – BusinessFlight no.Blackout dates
Singapore to Cairns19,600MI811, MI81343,400MI811, MI813
Cairns to Singapore19,600MI812, MI81426-31 March 202043,400MI812, MI814

Alaska Airlines plans to join Oneworld by June 2021

The non-affiliated airline is finally hopping on the alliance bandwagon.

2020 is proving to be a really exciting year with a lot of unexpected twists.

After so many years of cultivating eclectic airline partnerships and wow-ing the world with crazy miles-buying deals, Alaska Airlines has announced a deepened partnership with American Airlines, and along with it, its intentions to join Oneworld by Summer 2021.

By ‘summer’, it can means anything between June to September.

Deeper partnership with American Airlines

The pledging of allegiance to Oneworld comes on the back of its latest partnership with American Airlines. Effective immediately, Alaska Airlines passengers and Mileage Plan elite members have greater access to American Airlines inventory, as well as benefits.

What this means for Alaska Airlines and its customers:

  • Customers can redeem Alaska Mileage Plan miles on all American Airlines flights (subject to award availability),
  • Alaska Lounge members can access American’s nearly 50 Admirals Club locations,
  • Customers can also continue to earn and redeem miles on Alaska Airlines’ current partners, including Singapore Airlines & Emirates.

In a few months’ time, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members can also earn miles on all American Airlines flight, both domestic and international.

Oneworld benefits come Summer 2021

Of course there are perks when Alaska Airlines officially joins Oneworld. These include a mapping of Alaska’s own frequent flyer tiers to the Oneworld tiers, as well as its corresponding benefits.

Alaska Airlines
Mileage Plan tier
Oneworld tier
MVPRuby
MVP GoldSapphire
MVP Gold 75kEmerald
Alaska Airlines tier mapping to Oneworld

What does this means for Alaska’s own partners?

Alaska Air has some of the most interesting mix of partners, which are all individually negotiated. This has resulted in a very special award pricing, where each award partner gets their own award chart, and a mixed carrier chart is somewhat impossible (with the exception of Alaska’s own metal plus a partner).

Also, the earn rates are incredibly generous at the moment. Just a case in point: a customer flying business class on Cathay Pacific from Hong Kong to London and back will earn a whopping 26,892 miles if they accrue their miles on Mileage Plan, while getting only 16,620 miles on Asia Miles.

On the redemption front, Alaska Airlines is also incredibly generous now. For 25,000 miles, you can redeem a one-way business class ticket on Japan Airlines within Asia, while a Oneworld member (e.g. Cathay Pacific) can charge up to 45,000 miles for a similar trip.

So with Alaska Airlines joining the Oneworld ‘family’, they will almost definitely be forced to keep in line. This could go a few ways:

1. Earn rates will definitely go down, while burn rates will definitely go up.

On a reciprocal basis, Alaska Airlines will be more than definitely be forced to ‘align’ their earn and award charts to what other member airlines are offering. So if you have been hoarding Alaska Airlines miles, time to use them, quickly.

2. Changes to partnerships with non-Oneworld airlines

While being a Oneworld member does not mean they have to cut off ties with non-Oneworld aligned carriers, you can almost imagine that these partnerships may just widening in time to come. Some partnerships may fall through, while others may be diminished.

Final thoughts

As the saying goes, good things don’t last. In this case, the benefits of being an Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan member – especially in this part of the world – is slowly eroding.

While you still can and is looking to burn your miles, credit your premium cabin revenue tickets to Alaska to bump up your mileage balance, but be sure to use them quickly before summer next year.

Time for another Tokyo run, perhaps?