More news from Delta regarding changes to SkyMiles program were announced today. Delta has announced that they are making several improvements to their SkyMiles program, this comes after the recent removal of their award chart, which has disappointed and frustrated Delta customers.
Delta Makes New SkyMiles Announcement
Details of the changes to Delta’s SkyMiles program include: (from Delta’s press release.)
- New One-Way Award tickets beginning as low as 10,000 miles plus taxes and fees, available through Dec. 31, 2015 for travel in select U.S., Mexican and Caribbean markets. Customers can now fly to several popular Award destinations with a 21-day minimum advance purchase.
- Improved Award redemption by expanding the number of airline partners that SkyMiles members can select to redeem for Award Travel on delta.com. Delta recently updated the Fly Delta app to give customers the ability to book Award travel from mobile devices. Since January, Delta has offer customers the ability to book SkyMiles Award travel through the Fly Delta app.
- Customers can now earn MQDs, regardless of ticketing carrier, for travel on most of Delta’s airline partners, which will help them achieve Medallion status faster. SkyMiles members will receive retroactive credit of MQDs on eligible partner flights dating back to the beginning of the qualification year, Jan. 1, 2015. MQD earning varies based on carrier, percentage of distance flown as determined by Delta and fare class paid.
The press release also noted, “Since January, Delta has made 50 percent more Award Seats available giving members more options when they travel. In 2014, program members redeemed more than 296 billion miles in the SkyMiles program for 12.5 million award redemptions.” You can read the release in its entirety here.
While a lot of these changes sound pretty positive, I know that there are still a lot of questions and some things are still a little unclear. I really like the idea of 10k miles one-way tickets. It also may benefit some that you can now earn MQDs, regardless of ticketing carrier, for travel on most of Delta’s airline partners (retroactive back to 1/1/15.) I think time will tell how this will all work out for Skymiles members. How do these changes sound to you?