I have said before that Delta should not let me on their jets or in the Skyclub, but now as a Diamond Medallion and a Skyclub member that is just where I plan to be as much as possible.
The reason I say this is because I talk to my fellow medallions around me no matter where I go. I ask questions. I want to know what they think. About how much they fly. And the most important question I always want to know is if they are aware of what is coming in 2014 with MQD’s?
Almost 1000 of you have voted on my poll to the right on the blog, so by now you all are in the know. You are up to date as soon as a change is found (since Delta does not tell us ahead of time supposedly for “legal” reasons).
However, when I talk to flyers they really have no clue. They sorta remember some email talking about the changes, but they are not really sure what it means. They do not understand how it will impact them. Most times they just pick Delta when they fly for business whenever they can because they like Delta and the program. Also, their company allows them some wiggle room when it comes to picking who they fly with. That may all change when they fully understand what is already in place and once they fully comprehend all the changes that are sure to come. For one recent example, look at what twitter user Mike Buchholz tweeted recently to Delta, me and ThePointsGuy about the SDC that is same day change, new rule (you read timeline from bottom up).
The 2014 flying year will not be much different compared to 2013. After all, qualification for the 2014 medallion year that ends in FEB2014 is going on now under the current rules. However, the 2015 year will have all the new rules in place.
Not just that, all of us in the travel industry are dreading what could be on the way. So far, we have been the proverbial frog in a pot of water. You know the story right? They say if you put a frog in a pot of boiling water it will jump out. But, if you put it in cold water and slowly raise the temp, is will just sit there and boil to death. Sounds just about what Delta is doing to us with the rewards program over the past two years, does it not? But you know what, that old story is FALSE under most conditions. At some point, the frog WILL jump out to save itself (hey Delta, keep that in mind when you keep turning up the heat as flyers do have other choices HERE and HERE)!
Clearly I will continue to do my best to keep you up to date with all that is on the way and help you understand what has changed and what could possibly be next for us all. Please be sure to check back at 1:PM later today as I have a 1 day Skyclub pass for today’s SWAG Saturday up for grabs! – René
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