Delta SkyMiles Changes: Awards Holds Gone & Miles Required Business Awards Up

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Delta SkyMiles made an announcement earlier today that awards holds were going away starting on September 9, 2013, and that the number of miles required award travel in international business class would go up for travel after June 1, 2014. Delta didn’t, however, have the updated award charts up on its website at the time of announcement.

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I just went through all the regions and the changes are only for business class awards at low level. There are markets that don’t have any changes. It would have been easier had Delta just announced the changes and not tried to hide them on award charts.

Delta SkyMiles Negative Changes: Hold Gone & Miles Required For Business Class Awards Going Up

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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

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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:

Delta Airlines SkyMiles Shopping Bonus: Up To 5,000 Miles

Two days ago, I wrote about an offer from Delta’s SkyMiles Shopping for up to 2,500 bonus miles (you can access it here). There is, however, a better offer around as well for 500 bonus miles for every $150 spend for up to 5,000 bonus miles. The purchases must be done by August 31, 2013.

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This offer was apparently targeted for Delta Amex holders, but there is nothing on the terms and conditions that would exclude others.

Delta SkyMiles Shopping Offer: Earn Up To 2,500 Bonus Miles

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It is back to school season again and online shopping malls are offering bonuses for spending money through their portals.

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Delta’s SkyMiles Shopping is offering 250 bonus miles for every $100 spent for up to 2,500 bonus miles for $1K spent.

Delta SkyMiles Silver, Gold & Platinum Medallion Status Match Challenge

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Delta has official status match program that is publicized on its website here. You can get one-time match to the same level that you have with competing airline and then you have 90-days to fulfill the flight requirement (Medallion miles or segments) to keep the status.

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For challenges starting after July 1, 2013, the successfully completed challenges will grant the status until the end of February 2015.

Delta Backpedaling On Same-day Changes For Elites

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Delta made some negative enhancements to its Same-day Confirmed-program back in April this year by shortening the change window from same day as the originally scheduled flight + within three hours of the new flight to just three hours before/after the originally scheduled flight AND the same booking class had to be available. Same-day change was still going to be available for $50 fee.

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Now, Delta is backpedaling on the changes and the same-day $50 fee is waived for Gold, Platinum, and Diamond members. The original booking class, however, still needs to be available.

Club Carlson Gold Status For Delta SkyMiles Medallions (Targeted?)

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LoyaltyLobby reader forwarded me an email that he had received from Delta about complimentary Club Carlson Gold status and 1000 Bonus SkyMiles after one stay between July 29 and September 30, 2013.

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The offer also includes a fast track offer to keep the status until February 28, 2015, for having three stays between July 29 and December 15, 2013. The introductory Club Carlson Gold status will otherwise expire on Feb 28, 2014.

Delta & Hawaiian Airlines Partnership Ending

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Delta & Hawaiian Airlines frequent flier partnership is coming to an end. The last day to redeem miles is on July 31, 2013 (you can book up to a year in advance) and to earn on September 15, 2013. This is based on the information posted on Hawaiian’s HawaiianMiles website.

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Delta recently sorted their partner airlines to four categories and Hawaiian Airlines was on the last one with the least benefits for Delta frequent fliers. You can read more about that change here.

Delta SkyMiles & Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Partnership

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Delta SkyMiles and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club members can both start earning elite/tier qualifying and redeemable miles on July 3, 2013, when flying on each others flights.

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Delta flights will be available to book on Virgin’s website and on phone reservations and vice versa on June 29 for travel starting on July 3, 2013. You can read more about this partnership on Delta’s website here and on Virgin Atlantic’s website here.

Delta SkyMiles Partner Airline Mileage Earning Changes

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Delta Airlines sent out an email yesterday to SkyMiles members alerting them about the changes that are coming to earning MQM’s (Medallion Qualifying Miles) and award miles starting on September 1, 2013. You can access Delta’s dedicated web page for this change here.

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The header of the email should have alerted about the most major change that is the non-earning of MQM’s on any flight operated by Korean Air (that is not marketed by Delta) and reduced earning of award miles as well.

Very Low Delta VDB Compensation Bid Choices For International Flights

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When an airline has sold more seats to the flight that it can accommodate, they usually first source VDB (voluntarily denied boarding) volunteers for airline credits. If they don’t get enough VDB’s, then the airline can IDB (involuntarily denied boarding) some passengers that are usually eligible for cash compensation.

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Delta has a function on their website, where they solicit VDB’s on flights that have been oversold. You can make your bid what would be your the lowest amount that you would be willing to give your seat on that specific flight.

How Is SPG & Delta Crossover Rewards Doing?

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Delta and Starwood announced their Crossover Rewards back in February (read my post here) that I broke couple of days earlier after getting hold of the terms and conditions of the program.

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The program gives Delta elites some benefits on Starwood hotel stays and vice versa. The only benefit that I will see from this program is some Starpoints for Delta flights and some SkyMiles for Starwood room rate spend.

W Hotels Delta 1000 Bonus Miles & Two Cocktails

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W Hotels has a new offer for Delta SkyMiles members. You can earn 1000 bonus miles for your stay + 2 cocktails by booking WHMILES rate plan and staying between April 9 and July 9, 2013. You can access SPG’s website for this promotion here.

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You must have your airline auto deposit activated and have Delta as the partner airline to be eligible for the bonus miles. You can activate this transfer here. Note that you need to contact SPG, if you later want to cancel this auto deposit to airline miles.

Delta “Enhances” Same-day Confirmed And Not For The Better

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Delta just made an announcement about the changes to the Same-day Confirmed-program that will take effect on April 23, 2013, and not for the better. You can read more about this on Delta’s website here.

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Same-day confirmed has allowed Gold or higher SkyMiles members to confirm to a flight that is on the same date as the originally ticketed flight and to do this without any charges if done within 3 hours of the scheduled departure time of the new flight.

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