Back in late December Delta announced on Delta.com a HUGE change that Pay with Miles (PWM) a perk of the Delta AMEX cards for coach tickets would earn points. How huge was this change? Really big as I outlined in THIS post that it was a ground shift of how we look at spending our Skymiles.
This change was one of the few really good “enhancements” to Skymiles in a very long time. We know from past experience that 1st class travel with PWM does earn full points, that is Skymiles, MQMs etc. I even had a Delta CORP rep confirm that PWM in coach would earn ALL points in the same manner after this latest change.
But now it seems, and I am still waiting for confirmation on this, we are moving from a positive change to yet another in a never ending string of #KeepDescending devaluations of the program and that information may have been incorrect. Why?
First off, we know Delta loves to play with prices of tickets. Recently on FlyerTalk more flyers are seeing the joyous bait-N-switch or “price jump at checkout” bug hitting them. Now let’s take a look at the updated wording as of last Thursday’s Delta.com update when you go to spend PWM points:
So according to Delta.com, ONLY the part you are paying for with cash, after you spend points, is going to earn you Skymiles. Strangely, and you can test this yourself, no matter how many points you spend you DO earn full MQMs (at least this is good news for elites who care about MQMs)!
Sadly, the next page does NOT have the updated wording about PWM and reverts back to the wording that you will NOT earn any points with PWM in coach (nothing like clear info on your best source for Delta info that is Delta.com)!
The really frustrating part is this could be a devaluation from last year’s PWM with 1st class. If, and again I stress if, the Delta.com final page of booking is correct and Skymiles earned (and MQDs) is only on the cash part paid – welcome to #KeepDescending 2015 once again!
So where does this leave us now? As so many times with Delta, we are in limbo yet again. We have lots of conflicting and contradicting payment / earnings info on Delta.com. I have received no updates from Delta after repeated emails for clarification on this. All we can do is fly, see what posts, and then maybe use that as guide as to earnings. Sad? You bet! Welcome to Skymiles2015.
I will tell you I have a trip using PWM in 1st class in a few weeks and I will be sure to tell you all about how earnings go on that flight! – René
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