With less that a month to go Delta has at LONG last released the charts for 2015 earning Skymiles on partners. Keep in mind that Delta ticketed flights i.e. those that are DL numbered and booked on Delta.com are going to be DOLLAR based for Skymiles earnings. You can check out the OLD charts HERE btw with the WayBackMachine.
When you are talking about partner ticketed flights, then it is distance based earning for Skymiles based on a percentage of the fare class ticketed.
Lastly we have 4 groups of partners. ONLY group one partners, with all qualifying fare classes, will pay out 100% MQMs (those are the points for elite status). Groups 2,3 & 4 can pay out 100% or even ZERO. You will have to look at each partner to see the new earnings.
So for example Let’s look at KLM, Air France & Alaska, all group 1 airlines.
No real shockers here and they are very similar to what I expected to see once we saw the Alaska announcement last week about earning flying Delta and crediting to Alaska Airlines. The upside is those who fly 1st class (real 1st class that is) with Air France as the bonus can go up substantially. What about a group 4 member?
Ah Skyteam founding member Korean is in that bottom group and pays out ZERO MQMs regardless of fare class as they did after the last adjustment. The only workaround is to book a DL code share and most times pay a much higher price.
The real punishing parts of this is the really cheap fare class tickets with partners like Air France or KLM that did, under the old system, earn 100% are now paying as little as 25% of distance flown. Ouch! That hurts and sorry if you have booked tickets already in those fare classes for travel next year.
What do you think. Was this what you expected? Will you credit Skyteam flight to Alaska from now on to earn full points? – René
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