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Miles&Smiles Permanently Stopping Printing Physical Cards

Miles&Smiles Permanently Stopping Printing Physical Cards

Old Sep 29, 20, 8:31 am
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Miles&Smiles Permanently Stopping Printing Physical Cards

So, an era has come to an end as Miles&Smiles had decided to stop printing Miles&Smiles cards to adapt to the digital era.

The news was sent to members by e-mail today.

Screenshot of mail in Turkish:


So, this means that

- The TK Miles&Smiles card print desk at IST would close.
- Lounge access on other *A carriers for *G members could be painful and we might see more denials at lounges as sometimes they want to see the physical card ( Example: Air Canada not accepting digital cards )
- No more baggage tags as well
- Fewer people would be able to cross-benefit from two different FFPs perks.
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Old Sep 29, 20, 11:46 am
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We just got our physical cards recently without any mentioning that the card is the last card that we will ever receive.
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Old Sep 29, 20, 2:11 pm
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No cards, no food, no beverages, no carry-on.
Like a bus.
Price - same as before.
New (low cost) long-haul era is coming...
Logical.
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Old Sep 29, 20, 2:15 pm
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Tk constantly follow the way to reduce every day more costs!

Currently it would be no big lost if they decide to stop international flights!
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Old Sep 29, 20, 2:17 pm
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Great news. Less useless plastic.
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Old Sep 29, 20, 3:28 pm
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Originally Posted by LondonElite View Post
Great news. Less useless plastic.
In general I would agree with your view but it's not everywhere that they accept digital cards. I had issues at *A AMS lounge - they demand to see the physical cards even though I have my TK G on my boarding pass. I didn't have my cards at that time and I told them that TK didn't make them so they accepted the digital cards after some struggle.
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Old Sep 29, 20, 4:08 pm
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Originally Posted by nacho View Post
In general I would agree with your view but it's not everywhere that they accept digital cards. I had issues at *A AMS lounge - they demand to see the physical cards even though I have my TK G on my boarding pass. I didn't have my cards at that time and I told them that TK didn't make them so they accepted the digital cards after some struggle.
Same, it was March 2020 ( just before flights have stopped ), where I was asked the physical card at different *A lounges even when my boarding pass had TK*G
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Old Sep 29, 20, 4:40 pm
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Just follow the BA method, stop proactively sending them out but anyone who requests them may receive one. For Classic and C+ members I can understand cutting the cards since they are rarely needed.
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Old Sep 30, 20, 3:14 am
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My card expires June 2022, so still plenty of time for this policy to change a few times before then.
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Old Sep 30, 20, 3:39 am
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Than I was a lucky one - last year I got a black E+ card without any expiry date

I do not recall when was the last time I was required to show a card. Some 2 weeks ago they had issues with reading the barcode on my LO OLCI B/Pass in SOF, so I even wanted to show her a card, but she just typed the FF number shown on the B/Pass.
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Old Sep 30, 20, 11:08 am
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Out of the blue I received a new TK Elite card by post yesterday with the new extended expiry date
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Old Sep 30, 20, 1:02 pm
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Originally Posted by SK AAR View Post
Out of the blue I received a new TK Elite card by post yesterday with the new extended expiry date
So could this be interpreted as them getting rid of their existing stock of plastic and/or still being under contract with the agency that prints the cards?
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Old Oct 1, 20, 12:05 pm
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Originally Posted by LondonElite View Post
Great news. Less useless plastic.
Exactly, totally with you here. Any Star Alliance lounge I have visited around the world so far, I was never asked for the physical card.
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Old Oct 1, 20, 12:08 pm
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Originally Posted by fil_87 View Post
Exactly, totally with you here. Any Star Alliance lounge I have visited around the world so far, I was never asked for the physical card.
LH/LX FRA,MUC, ZRH, AV at MIA plus a handful of Star Alliance contract lounges have asked for it.
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Old Oct 1, 20, 12:19 pm
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Originally Posted by miamiflyer8 View Post
LH/LX FRA,MUC, ZRH, AV at MIA plus a handful of Star Alliance contract lounges have asked for it.
I am based in Germany and until March I did fly LX a lot - in TXL and ZRH I was never asked for the card (about 40 times in the last two years, I also credited the miles to TK so my status was on the digital boarding pass, reflected as "TK*G"). In DUS I was asked a few times until 2 years ago, but they seemed to also have switched to "status on boarding pass = enough" the last times. During the last 5 years, flying more than 10 different *A carriers worldwide I can't remember ever being asked for the physical card except in DUS.
All flights have been in C and credited to TK = showing *G in the booking / on the boarding pass.
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