British Airways is one of the few airlines that is notorious for having extremely low ‘earn rates’ for their discounted economy fares. I highlighted this in my article Fast Track to Elite Status. I actually earned 25% of actual miles flown as both redeemable miles (RDM) and Elite Status Miles (EQM) on an 15,000 mile round trip. This had made British Airways one of my least favorite airlines to fly. Now, don’t get me wrong, they are not alone. There are many airlines that even give zero miles for some ultra discounted fares.
But wait. Sanity has prevailed Harmondsworth, England. (Yes, that is where BA is headquartered.) They have decided to let the miles go. Here is an announcement from them in a email last week.
At British Airways, we are committed to finding ways of improving the Executive Club. So we are delighted to announce a wide range of new benefits that we hope will make your Blue membership more rewarding than ever.
We’ve listened to your feedback and increased the BA Miles you’ll earn flying in Discount Economy. Quadrupled them, to be precise. So you will now be awarded 100% of the mileage flown rather than 25%.
This is indeed great news, especially for us lowly ‘Blue’ members (non-elites). I always felt that they took the ‘Blue’ level too literally ’cause that’s exactly how I felt earning only 25% of the miles flown all the way from USA to India.
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