Mabuhay Miles Updates Its Accrual Charts
As 2019 begins, a few airlines take the chance to upgrade their programs, rules and policies. Some changes may affect frequent flyer programs quite negatively like the devaluation KrisFlyer will enforce soon.
Thankfully, Mabuhay Miles, the loyalty program of the Philippine Airlines, is not doing a devaluation (an inflation affecting miles you already own). Instead, they’re adjusting the rates of earning miles on Philippine Airlines flights.
All earning changes apply for bookings ticketed on or after March 23rd for Philippine Airlines flights to/from Japan and Korea, and January 25th for all other destinations.
Various flight fare codes have seen reduced earning ratios, such as:
- K: 75% → 50%
- Q: 100% → 75%
- Premium Economy
- N,W: 125% → 100%
- I: 150% → 125%
- C,J: 175% → 150%
As a refresher, these are the range of codes assigned depending on your booking:
Note that there are thus far no changes to miles earned on flight partners All Nippon Airways or Etihad.
Mabuhay Miles is also updating the requirement for the service class upgrade Philippine Airlines introduced in June 2017.
Mabuhay Miles will soon only offer service class upgrades for bookings on Economy Flex or better. That means you can only redeem miles for cabin upgrades to Business with fare code N,W (and H,M,L,S,Y if the flight doesn’t have Premium Economy), or to Premium Economy with H,M,L,S,Y.
Thankfully, Mabuhay Miles isn’t devaluing their points as all their award charts remain unchanged at this time.
While most frequent flyer programs most unfortunately focus on controlling costs by raising award chart prices (i.e. devaluations), Mabuhay Miles is only changing their earning rates this time. Depending on your price point it may have gotten slightly difficult to earn miles, but the value of any Mabuhay Miles you already have now remain unchanged.
If you’re looking into booking Philippine Airlines flights, then, it’s time for you to book your itineraries and get them ticketed!