Delta, as a way to selling you the complete stupidity, and beyond insulting nature, of removing the Skymiles award calendar on Delta.dumb, has told you that:
“Delta’s expanded search capabilities and calendar at Delta.com offer more flexible and accurate view of Award prices.”
The only problem is that statement from the company is FLAT OUT FALSE & BOGUS!
The “new calendar” is not a more accurate view of award prices. We at least now have the full list of the hidden Delta 2015 award charts here on the blog as well as many other places on the web (sorry Delta you cannot delete the web).
We also can simply search for ourselves for proof of how misleading Delta is in their assertions. Take a look at just one example. Say you want to take a trip from Melbourne Australia to Chicago. What happens when we search, on the “flexible and accurate view” on Delta.com, what do we find?
Really. An entire month of 215,000 points for a one-way trip from Australia to Chicago. Gosh when we check the 2015 award chart the MAX price should be no more that 200,000 for a one-way LEVEL 5 award from ANYWHERE in the world. So how can we overpay 15,000 SkyMiles over the absolute maximum cost? Simple, Delta.dumb is pricing this as more than one, one-way ticket. OK, not nice, but we can do that too.
Let’s do that same thing and price a one way from Melbourne to Los Angeles
OK. WoW. We can find a LEVEL 1 business class ticket for just 80,000 points. Huh. That is interesting. Well what about the next part, that is looking from Los Angeles to Chicago.
Humm… Lots of choices. We are ranging, in business class, from 25,000 LEVEL 1 to as much as 45,000 LEVEL 4 awards. But let’s do some math.
80,000 + 25,000 = 105,000
80,000 + 45,000 = 125,000
OK so to use Delta wording, that is “simple math”, the absolute highest price this trip should price out at (unless we pick Nov 7 or 14th that is) should be 125,000 SkyMiles not 215,000 Skymiles.
I hope you see my point. Delta is just robbing you of your Skymiles. The only way we can know this is to compare the hidden charts and know what it should cost. That, and as we have in the past, search leg by leg and point to point and even booking two separate one-way tickets come up with a price 50% cheaper than the Delta.dumb award page shows us.
Now on top of all of this, if we look at the post from over the weekend, if we work at it, the LEVEL 1 total price really should only be 80,000 SkyMiles all-in. Think about that and compare that price to what Delta has told you that you should pay. Maybe it is time for all of us to give ADAM a chance to save us some Skymiles 😉
Let me end with this tonight, and I am sorry in advance for those who do not appreciate the new direction for the blog this year, but I will be pointing out all week just how bad things have become this year, where we are going next, and what you need to do to protect and lock in the value you now have from your hard earned SkyMiles. – René