In the neverending saga of US Airways award zone adjustments, after just last week definitively moving Thailand to their North Asia region (thus reducing the cost of US-Thailand awards in business class by 30,000 miles and in first class by 40,000 miles!), they’ve once again updated their partner award chart (.pdf) and it’s now back in South Asia.
In the first iteration they moved Russia from North Asia to Europe. Ok, no more Moscow – Frankfurt – Seoul first class roundtrips for 40,000 miles. Fair enough. And they listed Thailand and the Philippines under both North Asia and South Asia, instead of just South Asia where they had previously resided.
Then US Airways corrected the double listing mistake, moving Thailand and the Philippines to North Asia only.
And now they’ve moved both countries back to South Asia.
Now, admittedly, listing them in North Asia was weird. Or at least listing Thailand there seems weird. And not just because of the exceptional award value (90,000 miles in business class!) but because countries to the North of Thailand, like Burma, remained in South Asia.
So I get why they’d ‘fix’ this issue, but what I wish I knew the behind-the-scenes on is why they moved these countries to North Asia in the first place, only to move them back.
Oh well, at least 10% of the time US Airways agents price Thailand awards as North Asia anyway. Heh. (Though when they ask me what region Thailand is in — and how much travel to that region is supposed to cost — I always answer honestly.)
(HT: Dave via Keri)