UPDATE: Delta Slashes Mileage Earning For “Special Unpublished Fares”

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UPDATE: Delta has confirmed that corporate travel bookings made through sites like American Express Corporate Travel and Travelport are safe from the mileage earning reduction. Since those are considered published fares you will still earn full mileage based on the published fare earning schedule.

In addition, all bookings made through Delta.com, University / Sports Group rates, Government rates and Delta Vacations are also safe.

We’ll share the detailed language from Delta once it is published on their site. But we can confirm that Hotwire and Priceline.com tickets ARE included in these unpublished fare classifications.

Another example of an impacted group may be that of a tour operator with a group of 25 people that have no visibility into the airline they are traveling with to catch a cruise. I’ll have more official and definitive language to share shortly.


Delta has come out with news this week they are changing the mileage accrual on special unpublished fares. The new unpublished fare mileage earning accrual will be calculated on lower mileage earning percentages. Deeply discounted economy fares (U, T, E) will earn only 25% mileage starting on September 1, 2012. The only exception is on Special /unpublished Fares purchased in the Asia Pacific Region.

The Asia Pacific region unpublished fares will be excluded  and will continue to earn full mileage based on current terms for that region.

This does not look like it will impact mileage earning accrual on published fares.

Message From Delta

Effective September 1, 2012, a small number of special fares (often referred to as “unpublished fares”) will earn miles at a reduced rate. Unpublished fares are normally purchased through a specialized agent, third party or to a group.

Examples of Unpublished fares include:

  • Student fares
  • Consolidator fares
  • Flights included as part of a cruise package
  • Discounted tour packages
  • Group fares

Hat tip to Hans Golden.

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  1. I work for a large international corporation and am required to book travel through our company’s travel agency. Fares for DL and some of the other “preferred” airlines are slightly discounted. I’m guessing that isn’t a “group fare” as I can’t imagine DL would want to turn away business travelers.

  2. HikerT – From my discussions with Delta Corporate Booked Travel fares are considered published, thus are not impacted. So for your situation, you will continue to earn mileage at the published fare rates.

    Rapid Travel Chai – Seems you’ve missed a few special promotions / changes this week.

    Daninstl – The only group that will be effected is generally that of a small tour operator (i.e. group of 20 or so people traveling to catch a cruise booked through a highly discounted unpublished rate)

    Hope this helps.

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