Today American Air has released their next year’s frequent flyer program. Much like Alaska’s program they are NOT going revenue based and even BRAGGING on twitter about that fact, that a mile is a mile and you have earned it by flying (in your face Delta and SkyDollars)!
I have a BUNCH of AA points (like over 1 million) and plan to buy some 1st class tickets next year to fly and it will NOT be on Delta. With Delta I plan to only buy the cheapest tickets I can as they have not earned my loyalty dollars with the CRUSHING changes to Skymiles the worst of which is the end to free stopovers and open jaws on award tickets.
But perhaps, and the point of this post, even WORSE than this is having the audacity to charge you for a “free ticket”. My friend and fellow BA Blogger Chris Elliott is somewhat hard on frequent flyer programs because he says a free ticket is never, ever free. I agree, but a points ticket can be a massive savings. Under Skymiles2015 however, many times, it will be just as Chris says and make Skymiles a scam. For Delta to offer for you to PAY any price, especially WELL OVER $100 AS THEY SHOW ON DELTA.COM as a CO-pay to get an award ticket, at ANY redemption level, is bordering on criminal to me!
Delta is so “drunk” on earnings they think they can do anything they want to the program and flyers will take it. The question is – will you? Or will you let them know what you think? – René
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