Death by 1000 cuts. I was hopeful 2014 would see some good news from Delta – silly me! First off, as posted by my friend Kathy who writes “Will Run for Miles” at First to Board that Delta has gone sneaky and is cutting yet another perk for GM, PM & DM flyers, that is access to some lounge benefits world wide starting on 1 MAY 2014 for elites. Pop over to her blog to see more or to see the full changes go to Delta.com to find out the new facs.
This is following the UBER unfriendly move Friday to remove business client and family access to the Skyclubs if you are a Diamond Medallion or have AMEX cards that in the past gave you access as well as your guests.
Oh btw if you have not checked your Skybonus lately, Delta is apparently enforcing the $5000 per year spend to keep your account and even go as far as, according to some, telling you if some of your flights look too “personal” to be counted as a business trip and still kicking you out of the program (try to log in and see what happens). It is so good to see Delta doing all it can to have our backs when it comes to business flyers and give us lots of notice we are risking being removed from the award program (I hope you understand I am being facetious)!
The last part is the total downgrade of 1st class seats on the way. Delta will tell you NET they are adding 1st class and have the most of any airline until the AA+US merger is complete. However, this total included in this total is adding a ton of seats to A320 jets that they had a few years back been REMOVED! Thus, when you think about it, they are just adding back what was there before. I know why Delta is doing this, they are giving away too many upgrades and why give away free nice upgrades when you can sell more cheap seats and let medallions remain in coach.
Keep in mind as you digest these latest “enhancements” that I am about as pro-Delta as you can get. I always try to look at the glass ½ full when it comes to our airline rather than ½ empty; I just hate to say it that my ½ full glass seems to have been left out in the sun to long. Please Delta, even though most flyers are hub captives and have little choice with only 3 airlines in the USA now, at some point, you are going to upset every single Delta flyer breathing! – René