Skybonus has been a very nice way to triple dip flying on Delta. That is, you earn a Skymile for your ticket, you could earn a Crossover Reward as a Medallion and then if your company was included in Skybonus you could earn Skybonus points as well. The latter, as the new current Skymiles program, was very much MQD spend determined.
Then, to weed out undesirables, Delta came up with an MQD spend number of 5k and last year many exited the program for failing to meet revenue requirements. I myself spent almost 10k last year with Delta, but thanks to Skymiles2015 will try my best to keep that under 2k this year so this was to be my last year in that program anyway. Well Delta has decided sole proprietors, or even those with less than 5 employees, are now undesirable to the program – even if they spend a bunch! Take a look at the latest update that tells us:
“SkyBonus Minimum Traveler Policy
Beginning January 1, 2016 the SkyBonus program will require that each SkyBonus account have a minimum of five unique employee travelers each calendar year”
So if this affects you, you will want to be sure to spend all your points before 31DEC15 as you will be out after that point.
And moving the other way, for those of you earning 2 million Skybonus points or more and have more than 5 who do fly each year as part of the program, you are now going to be a Skybonus Elite! You get more perks, points and such. Take a look:
“Introducing SkyBonus Elite
We are proud to introduce a new tier to the SkyBonus program, SkyBonus Elite, for companies that earn 2,000,000 SkyBonus points each calendar year.
10% more points on every eligible flight
Priority access to SkyBonus representatives
Detailed quarterly Sky Partner reports
Access to Elite flight certificates with enhanced availability”
Now Delta has already devalued Skybonus points in the not too distant past and redemption, even for discounted awards, is dependent on higher fare classes so use of the points is for those who are big spenders already.
The next bit is a devaluation for earnings as we can see from the WayBackMachine here. Now there will be level 1, 2 & 3 groups dependent on fare class and or partner tickets ( the latter being really cheap Delta and AF / KLM buckets).
The list of the new T&C of the program is pages long and if you want to look at it the link is HERE.
In a nutshell, Delta seems to be sick of too many taking part in the program and only wants to reward those who are REALLY big spenders and, according to some I have talked to, the real target audience for the program, that is, big businesses that spend large amounts. Why not try to sway those who perhaps have a choice in where the company spends those flight dollars!
It was fun while it lasted Skybonus! Now back to earning Skymiles the SMART way and that is by not flying Delta 😉 – René
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