We have the new award chart (there is a PDF on the Delta.com page – under “Expand All”). The good parts are the low level, that became saver level, is now just LEVEL 1. Gosh I am happy they did not come up with even MORE silly names. Level 1-5 works. First a TIP – like HIGH (you would have to be to book at this level) – never ever book level 5 – EVER!
The good news is they did NOT devalue (very few went up) the chart more than the two times they already did last year. The Level 1 awards are what they were before. The only real bad news is the Level 2 is HIGHER than we had expected and were hoping for. It would have been nice if Level 2 would have been the mid point between 1 & 3 but it is much closer to 3. They did a better job with Level 4 but that is WAY too many points for me anyway. The good side is we now have one small step below the old MID/STANDARD now Level 3.
What we DO NOT KNOW is how many seats are going to be in each level. How will the new award site work? These are the questions we will talk about a ton for the next few months once they build the thing. What do I think?
If you look at my post last week guessing about what is to come you get an idea of what we could see. How will distribution be and how hard will it be to find the Level 1 seats? How much more space will elites have? My thoughts are the same as before, the higher the ticket price the less Level 1 & 2 and more 3-5 you will see. Your elite status will drop you down a level or 2 or even 3 depending on the price of the ticket. Always think $$$ for every move Delta makes!
So what have we learned with this chart. Not much. We had a good guess and were mostly right. Now we must wait again to find out about these questions as well as one-way award and if we can still use the very good stopover / open jaw rules under the current award system! – René
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