EVA Air fare and service changes

I’ve been an EVA frequent flier for years, but the airline, facing financial loses, has announced changes to both it’s fare and service structure. Problems within the airline industry are pretty well known and not isolated to EVA. It doesn’t look at present that choosing a different airline will result in significant savings. Certainly, the fare increase will bring about changes in my travel habits as I cut back plans and choose an airline based on price versus past experience.
Taipei Times:

EVA Air will raise their air fares by an average of 30 percent for international flights starting next month to reflect surging fuel costs …
EVA Airways Corp spokesman Nieh Kuo-wei (聶國偉) said that the fuel price for air carriers has risen from US$84 a barrel last year to US$145 a barrel. Fuel costs used to account for 20 percent of the airline’s operations costs, but the ratio has now risen to 50 percent, Nieh said.
“The air carrier has no option but to adjust its air fares,” Nieh said.

In checking orices to Vancouver recently I found the fare increase to be far above 30%.
Evergreen Club release:

1. Silver Card members traveling with any EVA Air’s int’l flights can access EVA Air VIP Lounge at TPE / BKK / SFO
2. Silver Card members holding Evergreen Deluxe Class / Elite Class ticket or with confirmed upgrading reservation can access EVA Air VIP Lounge worldwide

You used to be able to access the lounge regardless of the class you were flying. Not much of a concern except when you need access to a lounge for work (and you’re traveling on the cheap).
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