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Potential SP Earn Anomaly in Calculator ?

Potential SP Earn Anomaly in Calculator ?

Old Mar 6, 2024, 6:40 pm
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Potential SP Earn Anomaly in Calculator ?

I recently booked a return trip AKL- LAX but had to change the inbound from ATL via IAH instead.
Called and requested the change and also enquired about the fare class for the IAH - AKL that it would book into and was advised it would be in O class.
Thinking it would earn a better SP earn than the LAX - AKL O class I was previously booked in, I went ahead with the change given it was only a minimal fare difference.
When I then checked the booking the potential SP earn is only 170 SP for the entire journey from ATL - AKL but I thought this would earn more.
According to the SP calculator only 150 SP for O class IAH - AKL which is < SP earn for LAX - AKL in the same class.
I checked & compared a few other fare classes and the 'anomaly' appears to be with E, O and U classes:





I have a feeling this was discussed in another thread recently for domestic or TT flights.
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Old Mar 6, 2024, 8:06 pm
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Yes, it has been long discussed that the earn rates were pulled out of their butts. The structure of the programme means that it's neither based on distance nor spend. There are just too many variables with each fare class and routes and is impossible to manage.
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Old Mar 6, 2024, 8:13 pm
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Yeah, that was my post talking about TT earn, where there are some stark inconsistencies in SP earn vs fare class, resulting in paying less but earning more SPs (and vv). Response was “thanks, yeah we know about those…..”
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