Delta has made the following announcement this morning on FlyerTalk about changes to its Business Class awards for travel after June 1, 2014, and for award holds after September 9, 2013. You can access this announcement here.
Edit: I now have an updated post with more information and the awards that are going up in number of miles required. You can access it here.
The changes are not up on the Delta’s website yet, but FlyerTalk member Wiirachay compiled a list (you can access the post here) of changes using award searches on Delta.com and the results are below:
There are likely other changes to award charts as well. I will do a follow up piece when they are up.
The risk free 24-cancellation is mandated by DOT for tickets originating from the United States, so that is not really something that Delta necessarily would voluntarily offer. Claiming that it would be replacement for hold is ridiculous.
Delta continues negatively “enhance” its SkyMiles program. I like the Delta’s domestic product and space available Medallion upgrades, but they are certainly making the program worse and worse for international award trips.