Old Dec 23, 10, 7:30 am
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Originally Posted by mooper View Post
This combo is especially useful for flexible/discretionary travel that is near-term.
Actually I find it even more valuable for those planning in advance. YMMV.

Originally Posted by jimrpa View Post
I can see how this might benefit some people, but it certainly doesn't dillute the argument that SkyMiles are essentially useless for the really valuable rewards. In my book, SkyMiles are valuable for three things:
  1. Emergency, last-minute travel. Even if I have to do the stupid "pay with miles" thing, I can probably get from point A to point B in an emergency using SkyMiles. I may drain a ton of miles doing so, hence "emergency".
  2. Paying for SkyClub memberships (and just why did PMs lose the complimentary Crown Room Club membership benefit anyway? )
  3. International First Class travel. Oh, ooops, I forgot, Delta doesn't want me to be able to use SkyMiles to enjoy truly premium international travel experiences. Since Delta only wants me to travel in Business Class on the "what's leftover alliance" of fat chicks at the prom, I may as well either shop around for a cheap I/M fare, or else suck it up and fly coach, hoping for an op-up.
So, as you can see, practically speaking, SkyMiles have only one real use for me - the 40K/year for the SkyClub membership, which I make up with my personal travel.

Until Delta realistically rectifies #3 (and we used to have partners like Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, and access to First Class and Concorde on Air France), SkyMiles will continue to be <<<< SkyPesos.
You can certainly have your opinion but when I can get the following for 125K miles $125 (starting in MSP), I can't complain (much!):

Two trips to Anchorage, one confirmed in F
One trip to NY in Y
One trip to MUC in J

So if you can only use your SkyPesos for the above three items, more power to ya.
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