With the advent of Skymiles2015 Delta has been pushing the Delta AMEX to book to get 2x more Skymiles when buying tickets on Delta.com. I put up a post that you are missing out on an “extra” 2x points if you do that as the American Express® Premier Rewards Gold card pays you 3x on airfare and you can get an extra 1x by booking not on Delta.com but on the AMEX Travel site.
However, there are a few downsides of NOT starting at Delta.com. One is if you have to cancel inside the 24hr-ish mark and get a full refund it is free and simple at Delta.com but a small fee at AMEX Travel. Not a deal breaker but one to be aware of. As long as we are earning FULL credit for trips that is great.
We all know Delta Vacations does NOT pay MQDs as they do use consolidator fares at times to book at the lowest price. Well it seems, at least from AMEX Travel UK, this could also now be the case. Look what James e-mailed me (and told me I could post):
Thanks for your blog; I read it every day.
I just thought your readers might like to be reminded of Delta’s “exception fares” which – even today – earn a fraction of the full mileage. I didn’t think I was a miles and points rookie, but I just got caught out with this one.
I booked a ticket (on Delta stock) via American Express Travel Service in the UK. The return fare for LBA-AMS-ATL-DFW was identical to Delta’s own fare but AMEX were running a promotion for bonus MR points so I booked via them. Both Delta and Amex were booking into V class.
I’ve just completed the outbound flights and was horrified to realize that Delta must treat these tickets as one of the “small number of unpublished fares now earn miles at a reduced rate and will not be eligible for bonus miles or MQM promotions.“
I’ve booked through agents before and always received full mileage credit. It never crossed my mind that Amex [travel] would be selling these unpublished fares.
Instead of earning 11,262 MQMs / 22,524 redeemable, I’ll end up with just 2,710 MQMs / redeemable. I’m gutted!! It means I can almost certainly kiss good-bye to Gold Medallion status next year.
I don’t know how you’re supposed to tell which agent is selling these unpublished fares – they carry the same booking class letters as Delta’s own. This has made me seriously start to consider a status match to another airline…
Best wishes – James
YIKES! This could be really BAD news kids. But I need more data points. I have talked to many many many flyers who have booked at the USA AMEX Travel site and get full credit as well as using the Ultimate Rewards site to book Delta and got full credit across the board. Have you ever on any of these sites, booking Delta tickets, NOT got full credit you were expecting? What about travel agents or other portals? Please comment and let me and all of us know. – René
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