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Old Feb 17, 19, 2:28 pm
Join Date: Mar 2010
Programs: DL GM, Bonvoy Gold
Posts: 7,295
Thumbs down Major Sky Miles Program Devaluation for Mileage Upgrade Awards

I am starting a new thread to draw everyone's attention to what may be the biggest program devaluation in recent time for Sky Miles. Apparently on Friday Feb 15th, a new rule was posted that makes Mileage Upgrade Awards no longer valid on flights in North America and South America. As a reminder, Mileage Upgrade Awards is the traditional way that one could upgrade with miles, using an amount that was set by route and fare class and did not fluctuate with price.

This means that the only way to upgrade with miles on all domestic flights plus South America flights is by using "Upgrade With Miles" which is a pay with miles upgrade, which is often drastically more miles. (for example, one poster reports that upgrading from an M fare on JFK-LAX was 70K miles ONE WAY, and it used to be 25K).

I would like to encourage everyone to write to Delta and complain about this major change that removes a very valuable benefit that they've tried to pass off as an improvement (with the addition of more online upgrades available).

For more details please see:

Posts #170 and #171 here: Delta Mileage Upgrade Awards

The actual program rules (Rule 5 & 6 under Mileage Upgrade Awards):

This blog post, which is not fully correct in that it claims that this change is systemwide, but for now it does not appear to impact partner flights or TATL/TPAC DL flights.
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