I warned of the LifeMiles devaluation several times while highlighting how cheaply they’ve sold points over the last couple of years. Today that devaluation took affect, and many of the good/popular “trick” airports are now dead.
Specifically, you can no longer get from:
- US to Europe for 12.5K in Economy or 25K in Business
- US to Asia for 12.5K in Economy or 25K in Business
- Australia to Texas for 17.5K in Economy
- Europe to Asia for 22.5K in Business
There are others that are less popular that are also dead as far as I can tell, including some Russian airports. I’m not naming the airports intentionally in case there is a glitch of some kind that allows them to be bookable later or from specific airports.
But not all of the tricks are dead. A few still live, but for the most part they are not useful for regular travelers. They are usually very long itineraries that fly you from one continent to another and back with a short layover, but still at a cheaper rate. Again, these are routes more suited to real flying enthusiasts than casual travelers.
This truly is a sad day in the travel hacking world. I’ve flown on many of these routes and it’s saved me literally thousands of dollars while flying in premium cabins. I actually have one of the trick airports booked to Europe in November and I’m hoping/praying that LifeMiles does not cancel trips that are already booked. There’s no guarantee with this program.
To be quite blunt, I don’t know what took LifeMiles so long to fix this. Clearly they knew, at least in recent weeks/months, that these trick airports existed…yet they still waited until the devaluation date to implement them. I’m not sure why they wouldn’t have just fixed them overnight. Still, I won’t complain since I got a lot of use out of it.