Once Again: Increased Cost of SkyMiles for Additional Award Destinations by Delta

Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

“This afternoon, you’ll be able to see some updates to our Award Ticket charts on delta.com”, posted FlyerTalk member DwayneSkyMiles — one of the official company representatives of Delta Air Lines on FlyerTalk. “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.”

In other words, the changes are effective immediately for any award travel after February 1, 2014 to the destinations affected by the increases implemented today by Delta Air Lines — with no advance notice.

There are now three charts at the official Internet web site of Delta Air Lines highlighting the changes in the amount of SkyMiles you are required to redeem for award travel to certain destinations in addition to the changes announced this past August.

For your convenience, the following chart has been abbreviated to highlight the latest changes, shown below in pink:

This announcement is the latest in what FlyerTalk members consider to be a series of devaluations to the SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program.

Comments (Showing 7 of 7)

  • ciao114 at 11:38pm November 08, 2013

    Keep climbing!
    I finally realized what Delta means keep climbing!
    Good job Delta! And Good bye!

  • Goodtimes321 at 5:22pm November 09, 2013

    This is a warning. Imagine what happens when US Airways and American merge. Looks like Anderson and Smisek may be golfing together.

  • starflyer at 8:33pm November 10, 2013

    I gave up on Delta a couple of years ago when Jeff Robertson was claiming that they had a best in class program, but they kept implementing unannounced changes such as those mentioned above. I go out of my way to avoid flying Delta because their frequent flyer program is so bad.

    If you’re a member of the Starwood Preferred Guest program, I would suggest writing to Starwood asking them to find a different airline program to align with, because the linkage with Delta is now a deterrent to staying at Starwood hotels.

  • fedup flyer at 9:56pm November 10, 2013

    I wonder how long till all of the airline “loyalty” programs have to start another mileage system for the fliers that actually earn their miles the hard way….by actually flying.

  • globecircler at 7:12am November 11, 2013

    This would be much easier to swallow if they actually allowed one to “buy” a one-way ticket!

  • robertw477 at 8:17am November 11, 2013

    All of the airlines will be changing the mileage charts. Those that brag that their program is better than another will find out otherwise over the next year or two.

  • Bretteee at 9:01am November 11, 2013

    Makes no difference.

    It is basically “impossible” to get a Saver Award anyway. You usually need the “peak” rate.

    Why anybody participates in their Program boggles my mind.

    I have 67,000 miles and am trying to inch my way to 70,000 though I am convinced I will never be able to even use these miles to get to Europe.

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