Czech is the fifth oldest airline in the world, and was second to fly jets. Four years ago it was bailed out with a 44% ownership stake by Korean Air. I haven’t paid much mind to Czech OK Plus since their 2012 devaluation but of course many other programs have devalued since then.
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Czech is a member of SkyTeam and all paid Delta flights other than Basic Economy E fares earn one mile per mile flown regardless of price of the ticket or fare class.
Interestingly Iceland is in the same zone as the US. You can fly Delta’s seasonal service between the US and Reykjavik for 35,000 miles roundtrip in economy (60,000 in business) when saver seats are available.
Delta charges 30,000 miles each way at the saver level for economy — in other words the same price for economy that Czech charges for business.
Here’s a search for 2 passengers in economy New York JFK – Reykjavik (dates in red for 30,000 are available):
The award chart has other nice values. North America – South America is just 75,000 miles roundtrip in business class (on, say, Aeromexico or Aerolineas Argentinas). North America – Europe as well as North Africa is just 110,000 miles roundtrip in business class.
Key rules for Czech OK Plus Redemptions:
- Routing rules require you to take the most direct connection. You cannot transit the same city more than once in each direction. SkyTeam awards are round trip.
- Open jaws are permitted at your destination and one enroute stopover is allowed. A roundtrip can have up to 8 segments.
- You can book both economy and business on the same award (voluntary downgrade for certain segments) while paying the business class price. In contrast Air France KLM usually won’t allow this, and Delta will usually charge separate awards.
- There are fees, though — EUR 36 service fee to issue the ticket, changes or redeposits are EUR 62, and fuel surcharges are added to awards.
- No changes are permitted after departure except that you can change flight number and date of travel after the start of your trip but prior to your return flight.
The Czech OK Plus program is interesting but what makes it impractical for US members — even though you can earn 1 mile per mile flown even on the cheapest non-Basic Economy Delta fares — is that there aren’t a ton of other ways to earn their miles in the U.S.
They aren’t a transfer partner of any of the major bank programs and aren’t even a Starwood transfer partner. You can transfer Hilton, Choice, and Wyndham points to Czech but the ratios aren’t favorable.