I did not post about this (other than on Twitter) because I needed some time to think. I am really mad and just about done. I mean we all knew this was coming but Delta computers (yeah IT sub-contractors), for years, would never display any award at or over 1 million SkyMiles – Now they have “enhanced” that to be possible.
This removes the governor from Delta to charge, quite literally, ANYTHING they want for an award. 2 Million SkyMiles? I bet we see that by the end of the year since 1.1 million can already be found (granted on a crazy route but still).
And in case you missed it from last week, Delta pulled another disgusting change in all but destroying the value of SkyMiles for me. They have jumped one-way SkyMiles Delta One awards on Delta metal (or mixed with partners) from 86,000 to now the lowest level of 105,000.
For me, that means if I want to visit Sweden in business class this summer for a few weeks from South Bend, it will cost me 210,000 SkyMiles. It was only a few years back it cost 100,000 to accomplish that round trip.
It is bad enough that Delta adds a slimy junk fee if I want to take a one way from Europe to the USA but to now have jumped the stock cheapest cost to over 100,000 SkyPennies is just about the end of the line for me – SkyMiles are becoming nearly worthless. The fun is over.
Now before the comments are flooded with the fact that IF you can only fly partners you can find cheaper awards (i.e. not use SkyMiles to fly Delta – what a concept) and that if you search certain routes you can right now find a Delta “award sale” and fly for 128,000 round trip. Yes, I know this. But we can all agree that value has changed (again) from where the program once was. Also we can agree that things are only going to get worse not better when it comes to SkyMiles.
Years ago Delta folks were terrified about us perceiving a SkyMile to be only worth 1 cent each. Clearly, that fear is now gone. SkyPennies has become just that – a 1 cent rebate card. There are many travel cards that provide more value for every day spend than that. Maybe I should thank Delta for these horrendous changes as this may be just what I needed and a reason to make a clean break.
Gosh I am mad. You? – René
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