Over the past two years there have been so few positive SkyMiles and Delta Medallion elite changes that that every time they make an “enhancement” we look for the dark meaning behind the event. Take the post this past Friday about the new PE seats on them for example.
I asked Thom Patterson, CNN Digital senior producer who reports on aviation, technology, on twitter who was at the Delta media day event to ask the Delta folks if the new PE seats will mean that Delta will only allow one class of seat upgrade with Global Upgrade certs. You can see the answer above. Expect the worst, folks.
But then we have the other half of the news from the past week that is the just flat out OUTSTANDING news that AMEX, and how much you spend on the Delta AMEX cards per year, will have a bigger impact on your ability to secure a complimentary Delta Medallion 1st class upgrade.
Let that sink in a for a bit. Delta is making it BETTER for just about everyone who reads RenesPoints blog. 🙂 (well, almost all of you that is).
Delta in big bold letters again CONFIRMED what all smart Delta flyers know (like me) that holding the Delta AMEX Reserve card is simply the best choice even if you are a Diamond Medallion. I, with some work, have my fee all but wiped out each year and even if I did not, just getting a few more upgrades by holding the card makes the card worthwhile to me. I like riding up front, don’t you?
Then we have the NEW news that just again is simply amazing, that is, now if you do spend $25,000 on the Delta AMEX card (Gold, Platinum or Reserve) you are also going to see more upgrades. Again, simply OUTSTANDINGLY good news for us all. Not only are we being rewarded for simply meeting this spend (see this post how I did this in 13 days) but to me this also reaffirms Delta’s commitment that big spend matters and will likely continue to matter for MQD exemptions for years to come. I am beyond thrilled!
Then the good news just kept coming. The end of the Y-UP upgrades means we may, for a change, see MORE 1st class seats open up for us all. Think of just how GREAT this news really is. Delta Revenue Management may be able to pry loose a few more seats on each flight for Regional Upgrade certs (wahooo). They may clear a few more seats for complementary upgrades (again, wahooo). Now yes, I get they may also have a few more seats for FCM up-sells but for now I am staying positive and just LOVING this Y-UP change. Again, I am simply beyond thrilled!
Really the only “gray lining”, that is, vs. a “silver lining”, I can see the change that corporate accounts now get a higher upgrade priority. I say this because, just like the punishing changes at Skybonus that shows Delta hates small business people who fly Delta, that this change rewards mega companies with huge contracts to fly Delta. Now I clearly understand this and from a money standpoint is probably a wise move, but at the same time I wish they had come up with something that also included the same waiver for those who spend over 100k as a small biz with Delta. But again, this is not enough to rain on my parade today.
For those who are upset by any of these changes you need to get with the times. Delta has a great relationship with AMEX and they have for years. They have a long term contract with them and are clearly affirming this with these loyalty changes. They are amazing and as I fly Delta today I will be smiling from ear to ear and you should be too! Well done Delta – #KeepClimbing! – René