Delta Air Lines has been tinkering with the number of SkyMiles required for partner awards that seems to have gone up anywhere from 15% to 20% without any prior warning from the airline.
This change was first noted on a FlyerTalk post (access here) where member noticed that the number of SkyMiles required for an award had changed from 70,000 to 85,000 (transatlantic partner award in business class).
You can access Delta SkyMiles here.
Not sure why Delta felt that they now had to make changes to the SkyMiles partner awards? They are already expensive compared to other airlines and the SkyTeam ain’t the best alliance (Star Alliance and Oneworld are both far better).
Delta stopped publishing award charts few years back claiming that customers don’t care about them. Obviously the reason was that pushing through these devaluations is easier when award charts are not out on their website.
Delta is a fine carrier (usually – not during the operational meltdown over the pas few days) and I wouldn’t have issue them if the price and schedule would fit me. I would not, however, choose them for the “loyalty” program they run.