This is not good folks. Those of us who fly Delta and are well versed in the SkyMiles program have seen this coming for a while with great dread. Delta was the first of the major airlines to flip from a distance based reward program to spend based reward and a multiple depending on your status.
Then they did something truly shameful – that is, hiding the award charts (that they still mostly use). The response has been to trust the award booking page and / or the price is the price displayed. We should know that is not really true and there are many ways to find the lowest price SkyMiles awards (See E7 & E21 posts for example).
- AMEX is stating 1 SkyMiles = 1 cent value.
That is really scary wording. Why would they do this when for a very, very long time they, and their airport reps you pass by, say things like “that is enough points for a round trip ticket“.
To me this is something we should take note of and could be that SkyMiles 2017 changes (that have not yet been announced – if there are any) will simply move to 1 SkyMiles = 1 cent value when going to book a ticket.
Now understand that what AMEX is stating here has been the fact for awhile now with the Delta “Pay with Miles” program, so that really is nothing new. I like PWM as when you fly on such a ticket you earn full elite miles for your status or MQMs. Depending on the price it can be a great way to get from A-B and earn a few status points along the way. But this is not the ONLY way to spend your miles and award tickets in business class can yield much better value than just 1 cent each.
What to take from this? This could be nothing or it could be a message of what is just around the corner. Either way I wanted you to see this. What do you think? Is AMEX sending us a message of what is on the way? – René
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