I got such a nice personal letter from Tim Mapes the x-Skymiles VP about all the features of my Skyclub membership. I took the liberty of updating the letter a bit to make it more correct. Why? As of 1MARCH my Diamond Medallion membership is worth-“less”! You see now:
- It is only individual membership. This means if my wife wants to join me in the club it will cost me $29 per visit. Again PER VISIT! There is NO WAY a visit to a Skyclub is worth that unless you are trying to fix some massive ticket issue. The bad “food”, cheap drinks, slow wifi and other bits are not a good value for $29.
- Less clubs. As I noted in the edits above, Delta has, over the years, dumped a bunch of partner clubs worldwide so even as a member I get less access.
Discounted Skyclub fees. Here you have until 1MARCH15. Now please understand I am NOT telling you to do this that is, as to me there are MUCH better ways of getting into the club like the non-Delta AMEX Platinum card then adding authorized users for club access. I could go on and on but after having spent time in Centurion lounges I really am disappointed each time I walk in and visit a Delta club.
Choice Benefits. We are talking the 2014 Choice Benefits here. Not the 2015 ones you earned in 2014 or the 2016 ones we can not yet access. I am talking about the 2014 ones – clear? Those MUST be picked before 2014 Medallion year ends and that date is 1MARCH2015. PLEASE pick correctly. Do not pick medallion status for someone as they will only have it for the rest of THIS month making that pick worthless. Look at the other choices that are better like points, vouchers etc.
Picking EC seats. I get almost each day now get tweets and e-mails from folks asking about what happens when they drop to some lower status after 1MARCH2015. Will Delta kick them out of their Economy Comfort (now C+ or Comfort Plus) seats they picked? Will they still get the perk later when they fly say in April or May? Simple answer is your seats will stick, you will NOT get kicked out of your preferred seats and it will not cost you any more when you fly. You will get the same treatment as if you were at your higher status. However, there can be issues. Say there is a schedule change and they move you or there is an equipment change and they move you – then you are stuck. You will not get the seat free. Same goes for partner airlines like KLM & AF. Pick NOW and hope for the best.
Status and award seats. Since this question also often comes up let me touch on this. If you are say Gold Medallion now, book an award seat for months from now, then move up to Platinum before the trip, you can then change it all you want (until 72hrs before flight). It is the status at the time that matters. Conversely, if you are Platinum now, book an award, drop to Gold then you will have to pay to change at that time.
BASIC Economy tickets. Please, Medallions, do not book these horrid tickets after 1MARCH2015. No complimentary upgrades and on and on. No WAY you will ever see me in one of these fare class of tickets – EVER!
So those are the main ones that you should be aware of. I am a procrastinator at a great many things but not when it comes to points, seats and perks – those I stay WAY ahead of and you should too – René
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