As much as Delta has been doing for the good with the Medallion program but it seems the SkyMiles team is still just as horrid as they always have been and are looking for ways to continue to decimate any kind of value out of the award program. Let’s start with what we know.
As you can see from the screen shots above, Delta has jumped one way business class awards from 70,000 to 85,000 on partners (in this case Virgin Atlantic and KLM) ie about a 21% price jump and in coach from 30,000 to 35,000 or about a 17% price jump in SkyMiles cost.
Another example would be to Asia and we see in the above search Delta One ie Delta metal flights remain at 80,000 or a Level 1 award price but partners have jumped to 95,000 points or about a 19% jump and in coach from 35,000 to 40,000 or about a 14% increase.
We should keep in mind this is following on the heels of the recent price jump from 50,000 to 62,500 to 70,000 and now to 85,000 for a one-way trip to Europe in business class just over the past few years.
The really frustrating part is what Delta SkyMiles team is best at – no advanced notice. They tell no one! Now as some point out they can do this at will because it is in the T&C but that does not make it any less reprehensible or shameful. The other major problem with this disgusting change is finding Level 1 Delta awards is VERY hard. Finding partner awards has been reasonably easy.
I have reached out to Delta reps to confirm this change is a change and not a bug but I am not holding my breath. As to what I think about this and the other changes over the past few years? Remember that on October 6th I pronounced Delta Skymiles had died. This shifting of the rotting corpse that is SkyMiles has not changed that feeling. Delta does much good – SkyMiles is not one of those good things! – René
HT to reader Billy Mumphrey