As I blogged about before, my experience of redeeming both my regional and global upgrade certs for a trip to Sweden this fall was for the most part painless – at least painless from what we have come to expect from Delta’s frequent flyer program.
I love that Delta has at last this year offered what other airlines have had for years and years that is the chance to upgrade from just about ANY coach class fare to an international business class seat. When you compare the cost of coach to most business class seats you will see the real value of this perk for Delta’s highest tier elites Diamond Medallions. On a very long trip this can transform a trip from pain and misery to an enjoyable fun experience. Again, real value and even a reason to shoot for this top elite level.
But as we all know, starting on 00.01 in the morning on 01JAN-2015, every flight you take with Delta will earn FAR fewer rewards than they did before (unless you are spending through the nose that is). However, until that time, that is every single flight that is scheduled to depart before the stroke of midnight on 31DEC2014, we can enjoy the current earnings.
For me personally it meant that I took advantage of the amazing pricing to Sweden from LAX or Los Angeles due to my new best friend NAI or Norwegian Airlines that brought in very competitive prices to the market forcing Delta to match them as I have posted over on DeltaMileageRun.com many times. I was able to apply my global upgrades and will fly in business class for the price of a very cheap coach ticket. That is not to say I will EARN Skymiles at the business class level; no I will earn at the coach price, but even that is VASTLY BETTER under the old Skymiles rewards compared to Skymiles2015.
My point of this is that if you have qualified for these global upgrade certificates and have a long trip coming up or one you think you would like to take, to say Asia or Australia (via LAX) or South Africa or anywhere else REALLY far away, think about burning your certificates THIS YEAR and completing the trip THIS YEAR before the stroke of midnight falls on the last day of December to be able to reap the highest rewards for the distance flown.
This is not to say the certificates will have no value in 2015 and going forward. You are still going to be able to buy a cheap ticket and sit in the business class seat, you are just going to be rewarded less on the Skymiles side. Some food for thought as you make your travel plans for the rest of the year, fellow Diamonds! – René
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