If you scan the blogosphere over the past few days you will find post after post about bloggers giving up on status this year. They are saying it is just no longer worth it. They say the rewards no longer motivate them to push for “whatever” status they once held because the most important reason for status – 1st class upgrades – is becoming all but impossible to score. This is music to my ears!
And it is not just bloggers who are giving up on Delta status. Take a look a the results from a reader poll I did last month and the fact that 20% of readers said they are giving up on Medallion status for 2017. Great news for me and you. What else is good news?
Notice at the top of the post @RenesPoints follower on twitter @MattBfive who is going to be one of those who will be “forced” to buy the evil E BASIC fares more and more during 2017. We know Delta is expanding these fares everywhere this year and not just in certain markets as in the past. Make no bones about it, these fares are not to compete against the low cost other airlines and we have seen folks who track fares on FlyerTalk gripe that E BASIC fares now in place even cost MORE than the lowest no E BASIC fares were before. Again, I love this (for me not for them).
I have never ever purchased (to date) an E BASIC fare. I do not plan to unless it is a very short say 1-ish hour flight where I don’t care about being stuck in coach with ZERO shot at an upgrade. But thanks to many companies forcing their employees to buy the cheapest ticket offered (sorry Matt) there will be less and less top Medallion elites fighting for BOTH the best C+ “upgrade” seats as well as the real prize, the complimentary 1st class upgrades we really want.
Now I am under no illusion that Delta still has the goal to push 1st class cheap sales to record levels this year but I think 2017 is really going to be an interesting year. The mix between those giving up on status, those who truly do buy upgrades, those who are stuck in E BASIC fares and finally the new rules for Medallion upgrades all will have a net positive impact on my upgrade percentage after 1FEB17 and this is on top of my very good year last year where I only missed a handful of upgrades to begin with (then again I know how to help myself score more than most including holding a Delta AMEX Reserve card and spending 25k on it).
Bottom line – I am expecting a very good year as a Delta elite. You? – René