There are very few good changes that are coming to us with Skymiles2015. However, one positive change will be the chance to earn MQMs & MQSs & MQDs on ALL tickets, not just 1st class ones like now, starting next year. Delta.com now tells us:
“For travel prior to January 1, 2015: Pay with Miles tickets booked in Economy Class are not eligible for mileage accrual and will not earn Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs), Medallion Qualification Segments (MQSs) or Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs). BusinessElite®, First or Business Class tickets purchased through Pay with Miles are eligible for mileage accrual, MQMs and MQSs and will earn MQDs for the portion of the base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges remaining that is paid in currency after miles are applied to the ticket total.
For travel on or after January 1, 2015 (regardless of ticket purchase date): Pay with Miles tickets are eligible for MQMs and MQSs. In addition, Pay with Miles tickets will earn mileage and MQDs for the portion of the base fare and carrier-imposed surcharges remaining that is paid in currency after miles are applied to the ticket total.” – Delta.com [red bold mine]
I would assume, even though it is not mentioned, we will also earn Skymiles based on your non-medallion or medallion levels by the 2015 chart since 1st class PWM tickets now DO earn Skymiles in addition to other points. We will see just how it works out. This is yet one more reason to hold a Delta AMEX card!
I truly wish Delta had implemented the OUTSTANDING program that Northwest had, that is you could use miles one way and just pay the other; that was simple and worked. This new change seems to be at least a slight improvement over what has been in place.
My only issue ever with the old PWM’s program is that you were only getting 1 CPM when you spend them on tickets. This new change does get you a little more value since you are earning for spending points vs. just spending them for the trip. I personally still get much higher value redeeming for business class tickets as an award ticket, but at least, in all the bad news from Delta, this is a tiny glimmer of good news! – René
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