The move by Spirit Airlines appears to run directly counter to the trend of airlines changing their loyalty programs to award more mileage points to customers spending more dollars rather than awarding points based on the distance customers fly.

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Delta Air Lines has announced long-expected changes to its SkyMiles loyalty program which will shift the earning of redeemable mileage points from the current model based on distance traveled to a new model based on ticket price. The change will become effective for travel on flights from January 1, 2015.

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