It is just amazing to me what ends up getting national press coverage. Everyone seems to be going ape crazy over the item I touch on the other day from the piece from the LA Times about Delta shaming passengers with BASIC fares.
My fellow blogger Gary was on TV yesterday and please do check out his post and the video and his very correct and reasonable evaluation of Delta BASIC fares. Also notice how the news person was just about ready to jump out of their skin and seemed frustrated that Gary would not jump on the bash Delta band wagon over this. Why?
First off, I have posted about the evils of basic fares a number of times. If you are a Delta Elite Medallion flyer you want to avoid this fare at all costs. We know Delta brags that their warnings are causing flyers, at least two thirds of them, to avoid buying these fares at checkout. And well they should, but not for shameful reasons. The restrictions on this “Spirit like” fare are so crippling that saving a few dollars on a round trip is just not worth it to me as an elite flyer to miss an upgrade or all the other perks we usually get on other normal fares.
So just why is this topic getting such national attention? It is simply because it is a topic easily understood by the normal flying public. Delta has made such shameful changes to SkyMiles that if it could be simply “boxed” and shown to the masses in an understandable way it would be making national news everyday all year long. However, the general public does not understand the value of points travel (like you do, my dear reader). They do not understand that a stopover, which is lost now with SkyMiles 2015, is a massive shameful devaluation of their points. They do not understand that a potential 1 million mile award ticket in the foreseeable future could virtually makes their SkyMiles balance worthless. The general flying public does not understand all the shameful changes Delta has made over the past years.
Sorry but this shaming issue really is a non issue! If someone wants a cheap, and yet Delta reliable service, buy a BASIC Delta fare. For crying out loud, just get a Delta AMEX credit card and check your bag FREE and you will not have to board last. Even if you do get a middle seat for a one or two hour flight you will survive. You will even still get Biscoff cookies (all you want) plus water or a free soda and Delta will likely be on time virtually guaranteed to complete your flight that day no matter what. This BASIC Delta fare issue is not a national issue. The other things Delta is doing to the SkyMiles program that is shameful, that is passenger shaming, we should be yelling about. – Rene