While I am a bit “peeved” that Delta could not come clean with the facts that the updates to the 2016 program that were leaked were in fact correct and accurate what I am just overjoyed about are the changes.
Now before you comment or tweet things like “you Delta sellout” or “how are you going to spin this” and so on hear me out why I am saying this and see if you don’t agree.
I also get it can be hard to defend statements like I said yesterday “this is REALLY great news. I say that because it could have been MUCH worse” but here is why and how it could have been MUCH MUCH worse. They did not:
- Remove the chance to make Diamond by spending $25,000 on a Delta AMEX (plus MQMs/MQSs)! – This is a great perk. It is NOT hard to do for those who read the blog. I had mine done in two months last year and plan to get it done in the same time or less next year. You can too. Be happy Delta did not do a United flyer unFriendly move and make it so you can only make up to Platinum with spend exemption with the United card.
- Increase the MQMs needed (or MQSs) – Delta could have jumped the MQMs by 20% too. To make Diamond they could have said 150,000 miles or 170 segments! They keep it just the same. Thank you Delta – truly!
- Eliminate rollover MQMs – Many think this could still happen one day and I would NOT be shocked to have it happen. The good news is we have at least another year of it or will for sure know this by 1MARCH or before. So, adding MQMs next year for rollover should be AOK and since mileage runs are just as good next year as this year the fun goes on!
- Change how MQMs are earned – Delta could have tied MQMs to $$$ spent. They did not or at least did not for now. They could have and may still do this. I am elated this has not happened (yet)!
Or any other number of bad things. Keep in mind folks what is on the way for us for now. It is very much like my fellow BA blogger and friend Brian from “The Gate” commented today:
“As long as Delta Air Lines either profits or saves money with these changes and does not hurt their bottom line with them, they will continue to implement additional changes which may be considered not friendly.” – Brian The Gate
I agree 100%! We should expect Delta to “Keep Descending” and cut cut cut. But as long as we can still, with very little effort, enjoy the perks with Delta doing the work to “thin the herd” for us I am just thrilled and you should be too! I mean the value of the Delta AMEX cards just keeps going up and MQD exempt spending will be a MUST for even more each year. – René
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