Ein Artikel der Bangkok News weist darauf hin, dass die (von EK bereits seit einiger Zeit eingeführten) "Peak" Klassen für Freiflüge anscheinend zunehmend zur Norm werden. Artikel wie folgt: "Emirates hikes miles required for free seats Bangkok News.Net Friday 4th September, 2009 Emirates, the Dubai-based international airline, has slashed seats made available for its frequent flyer program Skywards. In fact the airline is believed to have possibly eliminated seats altogether, which will substantially affect the program’s more than four million members. On the airline’s loyalty program Web site, Skywards.com, members are now confronted with a new class of loyalty seats across the spectrum of Emirates’ inventory. When searching for seats members are now confronted with the message: The date and class combination you selected is not available for a redemption booking. In order to continue, please choose another departure date from the available dates shown below. You may also find more availability by choosing a different class. Shown immediately below this message is a series of dates available in a different “peak” class. Peak Economy, Peak Business Class, and Peak First Class dates are shown, but members are required to cough up with substantially more of their miles to get seats. In the case of economy seats, Peak Economy requires around 75% more miles. Emirates is believed to have implemented the new arrangements early this year but has not promoted the change. Many see the move as an increase by stealth of the airline’s charges for redemption flights. A statement by the airline said, “These varied reward options will offer members greater flexibility in terms of preferred travel dates and flights. All other existing reward levels do not change.” A search by us of available dates in every month from September this year to August next year, in every class, revealed that only Peak seats were available in all classes. Emirates recorded a net profit for the year ended 31 March 2009 of AED 1.49 billion (US$ 406 million). This was down 72% from the previous year's record profit of AED 5.3 billion (US$1.45 billion), as a result of the impact of the record fuel prices in the first six months of the year, and the impact of the global recession. At the same time, Group revenues of AED 46.3 billion ($ 12.6 billion), representing an increase of 10.4 per cent over the previous year's AED 41.9 billion ($ 11.4 billion), reflected continued business growth." Ob dies eine spezielle Erfahrung ex BKK ist weiß ich nicht - wie sind Eure Erfahrungen hiermit? Logisch wäre es ja angesichts des weitverbreiteten downgradings auch der Geschäftsreisen auf Y im Kontext der Krise. Mich tangiert das allerdings weniger, da Meilen für Upgrades schon immer meine Präferenz war (und auch die effizienteste im Hinblick auf den Meileneinsatz) - und angesichts relativ leerer C Kabinen nehme ich einmal an, da ändert sich auch nichts an der Verfügbarkeit - hatte jedenfalls bisher nicht die geringsten Probleme.