Daily Points: Turkish Miles Devaluation

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Happy Wednesday. Here’s your miles, points, travel, and deals news for February 7, 2024:

Turkish Miles Devaluation

As flagged by Prince of Travel, Turkish Airlines’ Miles&Smiles program published a new award chart significantly increasing the number of miles required for awards. The changes are expected to go into effect on February 16th

Additionally, Turkish will now charge based on segments rather than the full trip, making connecting flights much more expensive.

The most relevant increases for North American travelers are:

  • One-way business class flight from North America to Europe 1 increased from 45,000 miles to 85,000 miles (89% increase).
  • One-way business class flight from North America to the Middle East increased from 47,000 miles to 93,000 miles (98% increase).
  • One-way business class flights from North America to the Far East increased from 67,500 miles to 130,000 miles (93% increase).
  • One-way business class flights from North America to Southern Africa increased from 85,000 miles to 140,000 miles (65% increase).

Turkish Airlines is a transfer partner of Bilt, Capital One, Citi, and Marriott Bonvoy, which means there will be less valuable ways to use these points.

Turkish Airlines business class

Deals and Points News

  • Small Luxury Hotels of the World, which has 560 boutique hotels worldwide, announced a partnership with Hilton Hotels, likely ending their partnership Hyatt in the near future.
  • Choice Hotels has a new promotion for up to 8,000 bonus points when you register and complete two stays by April 30, 2024.
  • Radisson has a special deal for their Radisson Resorts, allowing you to book a four-night stay and pay for only three nights, plus 2,000 extra bonus points when you book by February 23rd for travel between June 1st and September 10th. 

Travel News

  • The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced their preliminary findings for the Alaska Airlines flight with the failed door plug. The NTSB found that Boeing failed to reinstall four bolts when performing repairs on the door.
  • Budget airline Avelo announced new routes from New Haven, CT (HVN) to Atlanta (ATL), Charlotte/Concord (USA), Knoxville (TYS) and Destin (VPS). 
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