I hate bad news. You have NO IDEA how happy I was to find out South Bend was going to get once a day service with a Delta bird with 1st class seats. Then again maybe you do since I spent 50,000 SkyMiles to fly the inaugural flight on a CRJ700 and then later ended up on the inaugural CRJ900 as well.
During my research for this morning’s post about mixed cabin award booking I found an issue and it is a tragic one for those of us who fly in and out of SBN (now I know how some MYR flyers are feeling with the loss of some 717 service). You see I was looking for one-way business class flights from SBN to DTW, that is, South Bend to Detroit, and look what I found (see the screen shot above).
CHILLS went through my very sleepy jet lagged body and I first assumed I had done something wrong at 3AM (9AM Swedish time for my sleepy head). I am surprised I did not yelp out loud and wake up my wife. Could this be true? Yep – it was true!
Delta seems to be cutting “my” 1st class service as of June 30th. I think I need to cry! So what are they putting in place for our 1-ish SBN to DTW flight each day? An Embraer ERJ-145! Really Delta. Really?
Now you may not like the ERJ-145 but I will take it over the CRJ200 anytime. I like the single seat row when flying alone. Granted this is NOT an upgrade from a CRJ700, but at least it is one tiny step better than the alternative.
So is it over for us in SBN? Are the days of 1st class service at an end? Thankfully no! Looking ahead at the schedule through the beginning of September Delta will return 1st class service now and then throughout the end of the year. But just not the same regular service as we have seen since the beginning of March.
You cut me with this one Delta, you really cut me this time – sniff! – René
PS – Don’t forget about the 60,000 point limited time Delta AMEX offer!
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