More Negative Delta SkyMiles Changes Coming

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Delta just posted this on Flyertalk:

“This afternoon, you’ll be able to see some updates to our Award Ticket charts on To balance continued investments in products and services, we regularly evaluate Award pricing and adjust it periodically. Select redemption levels are changing for Award Tickets booked on or after November 8, 2013, for travel on or after February 1, 2014. You can continue to book Award Tickets for travel before February 1, 2014, at the current Award redemption levels. 

Please review for existing and updated mileage redemption charts by region and additional information.”


Major Changes Include:

Saver Economy Awards from the US to Hawaii now 45,000 miles round-trip (used to be 40,000 miles)

Saver First Class Awards within the US now 50,000 miles round-trip (used to be 45,000 miles)

Other changes include increase for awards to the Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and North Asia. Delta Points highlights all the changes if you’d like to see a comparison of the old vs. new charts.

Bottom Line

United just announced a devaluation to their award chart, so it seems that Delta is following in their footsteps. These don’t go into affect until Feb 1st, so if you have flights before then you can book at the old levels.

This is another negative devaluation Delta is adding to their SkyMiles program. Will this finally make you jump ship, or are you still going to stick with Delta?

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  1. Umm… interesting… So these changes will actually kick in for flights BEFORE the old new rates do?! (i.e. old new rates are for flights starting 6/1/2014. These are for flights starting 2/1/2014)

  2. Sounds like J/F and partner J/F changes now in addition to the BE changes announced a while ago(100k to 125K to Europe) on Delta metal.
    These airlines are like pathetic lemmings. Completely incapable of original thought.

  3. OK, the chart is posted. It looks like there are essentially 2 charts right now, all based on travel date: today – 1/31/14, 2/1/14 – 5/31/14, and 6/1/14 – indefinite.

    Only change I see at quick glance is the domestic first class routes that have the higher rate because they’re transcontinental with lie-flat seats.

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