I have a trip next week. The first one of the new year for me on Delta. I booked it a while back and was seriously considering adding the return trip to my “day of shame” when I was trying to burn up my travel credit vouchers that were spend them or vanish by 31DEC15. The only thing that stopped me was that the price shot up overnight, from a little over $100 for the upgrade, to well over $300. Then, as you can see above, it shortly thereafter dropped down to under $300 just days before the medallion upgrade window opened up. How convenient to see a timely price drop with even less seats open than before.
That was both interesting and depressing to me; to see the roller coaster ride up and down of the FCM price to upgrade. Clearly I have strong feelings against this deplorable practice. While I am all for Delta selling 1st class seats, the willy-nilly money grab of seats for upgrade sale only hurts and waters down the value of the Medallion loyalty elite program. I mean, after all, what is the point anymore?
The good news is my return cleared yesterday, but it was not without some tinkering. I had the mighty schedule (see E8 posts) change hit again and again and that allowed me to switch to better flights for free with much better chances to clear for a complimentary upgrade. It did result in a few less MQMs, but with more and more seats being sold at cheaper and cheaper prices as we approached the 6 day window on my original route, I truly had little choice.
2016 is going to be an interesting year for loyalty and our beloved Delta. They want to sell every seat no matter what the cost and the impact to loyal flyers. The company wants us to simply flush SkyMiles down the “SkyDrain” if you will at the Sky Clubs buying over priced bubbly wines at 1 cent each. Yeah, well, no thanks! I am not getting on “that” amusement ride.
Just know, as I have talked about before, we will have to use all of our tools this coming year to get value from our loyalty to Delta. From schedule changes, to SDC to playing the DYKWITIA card and so on we must be equal to the task that Delta has handed us. We must not stop, just “GO” (what a difference from the past promises)!
One thing is for sure – I am done with my first and only ever ride on the FCM roller coaster. I see the ride they are wanting to take part in and I am getting off. My question is, are you? – René