There is no question that value flyers, that is those who buy low cost tickets, in 2015 will earn a bunch less points on Delta. We do have 9 months to rack up as much as we can and I will be touching on ideas to do this before 31DEC2014.
But you know what, when we look a the NWA chart we see back from 2009, the #SkyMiles2015 chart is really not all that bad. We will, at that point, be 6 years past that NWA chart and yet most of the redemption’s are not all that different. Many are in fact exactly the same. That is remarkable to me!
Think about this. In 2009 the average price for a gallon of gas was $1.89. If you have a big 18 gallon tank it would cost you $34 to fill up from empty. Today, $3.45 is the national average so you would (and I am sure you do) pay $62+ to fill up your tank. Almost a 100% jump. Oh and look what we could earn back in 2009 for a new card NWA bonus!
So for Delta, to charge the SAME PRICE for low level seats round trip for many locations 6 years later is an amazing value. Sure we will earn less flying, but the really kool part is we can still earn FULL POINTS on AMEX spend.
The key for 2015 will be to earn MAX points on credit card spending. For years we have known the value of points cards. In 2015, thanks to Skymiles2015, we are going to see more value than ever before. I am stoked, not just about this, but earning all I can before the end of the year! Stay tuned – René
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