You gotta love Spirit Airlines & Ryan Air. The former had “fares” for as low as $9 before the new real full price advertising rules ( that I love btw ) and the later thinking of offering toilets for a fee to now plans to remove all but one commode!
So E-Class is the “low” for Delta on the fare chart: http://cwsi.net/delta.htm For now, cattle class passengers you pay very little until you need to fly and then get the chance to get out your credit card to pay for everything else or every add-on possible once the ticket is past the 24 hr government mandated cancel time period. Assigned seats, boarding priority, food, even air – all are extra ( OK you still get free stale air on all airlines for now ). For now medallions still earn full MQM’s etc. and get most of the standard perks but who really thinks this this will last much longer!
Now I don’t envy our or other airlines work to make money. You have multiple governments all telling you what you can and cannot do. You rarely turn a profit and a tick up in the gas price can mean your year goes from income to loss. Every step you take to make money is pushed back by regulators or another airline that, due to market conditions, can fly cheaper than you and undercuts your price below your profit margin. Many readers know I run my own tech firm. I would not stand for any of this and get up and go to work each day.
So, get to the point already. Why this info / rant? Here it is. I do like my airline ( and even love some days ). I want Delta to be a big strong airline. I am also greedy and a DYKWIA type person on the inside and try not to act that way or ever show it. I have struggled with the idea of not having status one day and just having the DELTA AMEX card but have come to the realization that if you are going to fly Delta you NEED status. Even Silver status gets you past much of what is and is coming. Now don’t flame me that Silver is worthless. It is not for the sake of this topic. Yes, you now need a Delta AMEX + Silver to get much of what Silver gave you before, but such is life! I pay each year $450 as I like my AMEX Reserve card and value what it gives me and Delta sees the value of what AMEX gives to Delta.
Now you have my official stand until things change in T&C’s with Delta. Get status. Any status. One way is getting AMEX Reserves business vs. personal as this way you get 10k each year and only have to fly 15k to get your Silver. If you don’t fly 15k MQM a year this post is not for you. If you do, you see the logic of what I am talking about.
Mileage run anyone? I will fly with you if you find a deal. E-mail me and let’s fill some birds with Delta Points readers some day on the way to who cares where and back! Boy would a Delta MEGADO or even MINIDO be fun this year. Perhaps with a DELTA 757 from ATL to say Boeing with tours at ATL and then at Boeing + maybe some bonus MQM’s! Would anyone be game for this? I would love it but doubt Delta is in the mood right now. Who knows – Rene