First the really good news. Take a look at the chart above. This is a HUGE change from the old one that gave you nothing when it comes to elite points as well as MQD or medallion qualify dollars for booking a flight on the Korean Air website. All I can say is, it is about time as punishing the founding Skyteam member with zero earnings has been an embarrassment for years. And the numbers are looking very good and includes the below on Delta.com:
“Class Exclusions: If a class is not listed, no miles are earned. No miles are earned for Award Travel.
Other Exclusions: Accrual is not eligible for KE flights 9000-9999
(1) Partner-marketed flights will earn miles based on a percentage of distance flown* as determined by the fare class paid. Unless otherwise noted, mileage credit is only applicable to SkyTeam-marketed flights operated by a SkyTeam member airline. Mileage credit is not applicable to a SkyTeam-marketed flight operated by another airline.
(2) Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) are used as a counter to determine SkyMiles Medallion status. Flights and itineraries eligible for MQMs will earn a minimum of 500 MQMs per segment.
(3) Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs) apply to Medallion qualification. Flights marketed by the partner will earn MQDs based on a percentage of distance flown* as determined by the fare class paid.
(4) Medallion Mileage Bonus is based on Base Miles earned: Diamond – 120%; Platinum – 80%; Gold – 60%; Silver – 40%
*For purposes of mileage credit, “distance flown” means the calculated distance between origin and destination, as determined by Delta in its sole discretion, regardless of the actual distance traveled on any individual flight.” – Delta.com
These point earnings are very similar to other partners like AeroMexico and again this is great news for us who want to earn a ton of points based on the distance (a percentage of distance, that is) we fly. It adds one more opportunity to fly a nice partner airline as well as mileage runs to knock out the 15k MQD spend number for much less (and clearly avoid the bat crazy ¼ million Delta Amex MQD exempt number as well).
Now on to the other not so good news on Global upgrades with Korean. Yes, we can do them but almost NONE of us will. So this is like a gift of a holiday fruitcake that goes right into the garbage can. Notice the wording on Delta.com for “GLOBAL UPGRADE TERMS & CONDITIONS” about Korean Air:
“Valid on Delta-marketed, Korean Air-operated flights for use globally on Delta’s published fares booked in Y or B class to Korean Air’s Z class, or booked in M class to Korean Air’s O class.” – Delta.com
Well swell. Unlike KLM or AeroMexico (and Delta clearly) that allow us to buy all but the cheapest Basic E fare and use our certs with Korean you will be paying much more, most of the time, for these higher fare classes. Likely, the only folks who will likely use this are those who have an employer paying for any coach fare but not business class.
Overall this week’s news is still great news for those who still care about status. It would have been nice if that great news had been followed up with more great news on the redemption side equal to that of other Delta partners. – Rene