Delta has something called a “Best rate Guarantee“. Now I have never ever found anyone who has ever successfully been able to use this as the restrictions are so tight, and the rules so many, that I think most feel proving you are right is a lost cause.
There is no such guarantee when it comes to your spending your SkyRubles. I mean, what value do you place on your SkyRubles? Delta has touted the reason to remove the award charts because their all new award calendar is so amazing. Well I did some digging. Take a look at just a few examples to consider.
So in this one example, if you pay for the ticket from Germany to New York it would cost you 437.42 Euros for the weekend round trip. But notice if we want to spend our SkyRubles for this same trip. It will cost us just 510.40 Euros plus 92,500 points.
No, you are not seeing things and I did not photo shop this. You will pay 72.98 Euros MORE to buy the ticket and Delta will empty 92,500 points from your account on top of that. Is this a one time thing? Let’s look at two more.
This one is so much better and a much better “value” for your SkyRubles. You see for this trip from Paris to Atlanta you could pay 496.35 Euros, or, you could pay 401.49 Euros and a modest 77,500 points. Yep, you can save a grand total of 94.86 Euros by spending 77,500 points putting a value of just 1/10th of one Euro on your SkyRubles (that is 0.001). How about one more.
Our last example is from Belgium to San Francisco. Here we are really stepping up the value of your points. You see you could spend 581.53 Euros, or, you could spend just 398.16 Euros and 60,000 points. So by burning that many SkyRubles you are saving 183.37 Euros and putting a value of 3/10th of a Euro on your points (that is 0.003).
Well if SkyRubles are so worth so little, I am sure we can buy points that cheaply at Delta.com? Humm, Delta is offering to sell us 60,000 points for $2,100 or a value of 3.5 cents each (that is 0.035).
Now this search is not an all encompassing search but I wanted to again point out how ridiculous the “all new award calendar” really is. We already know the page does not work and can over charge you by 2-3x what the price should be from the now hidden award charts.
Do you have ANY trust remaining for Delta’s frequent flyer program anymore? – Rene
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