Welcome to a weekly feature on the Renés Points blog. Each week this series covers in a “rookie” way either a Delta or travel related theme and attempts to break down to a basic level each topic. You can read up on all the previous posts HERE. Now on to this week’s feature.
Thanks to a quick check with our friends at CWSI.net and the SkyCalc we can see the FULL earnings a Gold Medallion will get until the stroke of midnight on 31DEC2014 (i.e. it is the scheduled takeoff time that matters). But here is a question for you, what if you take off in 2014 but return in 2015. What happens then? Let’s break it down in a rookie way.
I took a coach ticket as a Gold Medallion flying one way on 31DEC from Atlanta to Los Angeles and just like CWSI says we would earn 3892 total Skymiles with the medallion bonus of 100% of base miles.
Then if I take a one way return trip on the 1JAN2015 Delta.com does correctly show that our Gold flyer would get 8x the base price of this one way ticket or 2992 Skymiles under Skymiles2015. But what if we were to fly round-trip out on the 31st and back on the 1st? What happens then?
As you can see, the ticket price is different from the two one way trips, but the math is simple. We take the FULL earnings for 2014 for the outbound, and then, take 50% of the base ticket price and times that by our medallion (or non-medallion) level to get that number, then add the two and you get the total you will earn for a split trip. In this case for a Gold Medallion, Delta.com correctly shows 5708 that is 3892 for 2014 outbound flight plus 8x$227 (i.e. 50% of 455) or 1816 for the 2015 return flight thus a total of 5708 Skymiles for the round trip.
One other thing to notice about this is MQMs do not change. There are SO many who are under the misunderstanding that MQMs will be affected in some way by Skymiles2015. This is NOT the case (at least so far). You will, in this case with an A fare one way from Atlanta to Los Angeles, in both the above and below screen shots, for the same flight, same fare class, on 31DEC2014 or on 1JAN2015 both earn the same 2019MQMs for this trip with class of service bonus.
The key thing to take away from this is you will ONLY EARN FULL SKYMILES until 23:59 on 31DEC2014 then we are under the horrid new Skymiles2015 earnings schedule. If you have a trip, or a Delta mileage run be sure, and if your miles matter to you, your flight needs to be set to takeoff before the 1st of January 2015 to get FULL credit! – René