Four Major U.S. Carriers Dropping From Diners Club Program
||:: Late-Breaking News
(Posted: Dec 16, 2005)
On Jan. 1, 2006, Diners Club Club Rewards points will no longer be redeemable for miles with Continental OnePass, Northwest WorldPerks, or US Airways Dividend Miles. As of April 27, 2006, United Mileage Plus will dropping from the Club Rewards program, as well.
While some have suggested that the changes essentially ?gut? the Club Rewards program, it should be pointed out that Diners remains partners with Air Canada Aeroplan, Air France/KLM Flying Blue, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan, American Airlines Advantage, Asiana Club, British Airways Executive Club, Delta SkyMiles, El AL Israel Airlines "Matmid" Club, Frontier Airlines EarlyReturns, GlobalPass? (10 member airlines), Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles, Icelandair, Korean Air SKYPASS, Mexicana Airlines Frecuenta, Midwest Airlines - Midwest Miles, SAS EuroBonus, South African Airways Voyager, Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards, Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus, and Virgin Atlantic Airways flying club.
Diners is now offering a ?Tailored Travel? program which will allow points to be used in lieu of cash to pay for travel charged to the card at the rate of 100 points per $1.25. The program is detailed here: http://www.dinersclubus.com/us/en/pdf/itcpersonal/itc_personal_0512.pdf
You may discuss the changes and get updates here: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=499245
Frank in LA
posted: Mar 1, 2006 at 9:09pm (MT)
As you know “As of January 1, 2006, Club Rewards points will no longer be redeemable for frequent flyer miles on Continental Airlines,® Northwest Airlines® and US Airways® (including America West Airlines®). In addition, you will no longer be able to redeem points on United Airlines® as of April 27, 2006.”
My apologies if this has been covered elsewhere but I performed the following analysis and it seems that this program has taken a major dive in value.
Diners is devaluing the points on the above carriers by a factor of 6.
Under the old program one could obtain a UA business class ticket RT LAX to London for 150,000 UA MP miles or 150,000 Diners Club Points.
$1 charged = 1 Club Rewards point = 1 mile therefore 150,000 miles = 150,000 points = $150,000 spent. The actual ticket cost is $11,555 so the ratio is about 13 to 1. Fair enough.
Under the new program the same ticket now costs 924,448 Club Rewards Points as under the new formula 1 mile, instead of being worth 1 point is now worth 0.0125 point – therefore to earn enough points for an $11,555 ticket one needs to spend $924,448 instead of $150,000! The ratio is 80 to 1. This has devalued the program by a factor of 6.16 or 616%.
Not only that; one cannot use points to upgrade as we did under the old regime. The ticket must be purchased outright.
It seems to me I remember reading where American Express is adding United to its program. Is this true? Are there any details regarding redemption etc. I don’t see anything on the Amex site.
Andrew in YYZ
posted: Apr 11, 2006 at 8:21pm (MT)
Two things to note with Diners in Canada; Aeroplan is no longer a program to redeem points for miles and secondly the program requires 1250 Diners points to equal 1000 miles with the airlines it does still redeem with....it is not a 1:1 basis of points to miles.
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