Well I have good news and more good news (and some bad news). The first good news is that the lower award prices that I first blogged about today was no glitch or error and is in fact a sale. I reached out to Delta and was told:
“There is a transatlantic fare sale going with a one day presale for Medallion / cobrand [Delta AMEX cards]. It will be open to all as of tomorrow.”
So we can rest easy and, as of tomorrow, you don’t have to be an elite or hold a Delta AMEX card to get the lower award pricing. However, some of the best seats may have already been snatched up by those able to book today!
Now the bad news from all of this is that it is “just” a sale. Had this been a real change it would have been, well, beyond amazing. I mean, think about this for a bit.
Before, that is PRE-SkyMiles 2015, elites and Delta AMEX card holders got greater access to LEVEL 1 or Low Level awards, that is, it was displayed more for those most loyal to Delta. Had this sale been a change it would have gone WAY BEYOND this as then loyalty would not just be rewarded with more LEVEL 1 seats, but seats at a better award price than what is available to those who are not as loyal to Delta. That, my friends, would have been a game changer and a mega reason to stay loyal to Delta.
Now don’t get me wrong, an extra day to get deals before everyone else is nice. Very nice and I thank Delta for this. But maybe TELLING us about it rather than us needing, as always, to sleuth it out would have been nice. I guess it is sorta hard to break bad habits.
Anyway, now you know what I know and let’s see how long before all the best seats are all booked up! – René
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