Delta Changes Award Travel Mileage Requirements Unannounced

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This past spring, I wrote about the coming changes to the SkyMiles program called Evolution of SkyMiles. The project has been delayed but will eventually be implemented. In the meantime, Delta has changed some award travel mileage requirements unannounced in September 1st.

FlyerTalk member GYEWorldTraveler noticed that some of the mileage requirements had changed. Then another member LedgeT posted the following list of the changes that had been made:

Between US & Europe, Y
Mid (Prev) = 45,000
Mid (New) = 47,500
Peak (Prev) = 62,500
Peak (New) = 65,000

Between US & Caribbean, Y
Mid (Prev) = 25,000
Mid (New) = 27,500
Peak (Prev) = 35,000
Peak (New) = 37,500

Between US & Mexico, Y
Mid (Prev) = 25,000
Mid (New) = 27,500
Peak (Prev) = 35,000
Peak (New) = 37,500

Between US & Southern S. America, Y
Mid (Prev) = 45,000
Mid (New) = 47,500
Peak (Prev) = 62,500
Peak (New) = 65,000

Between US & SE Asia, J
Peak (Prev) = 185,000
Peak (New) = 175,000

Delta hadn’t changed the LOW requirements but all these changes were done to either MID or Peak level awards.

Conclusion

Delta should be absolutely ashamed of devaluing the program and not giving any kind of heads up for their SkyMiles members about the coming changes. Airlines typically inform about the changes to their award redemption tables couple of months before so that people are able to use their miles at the old levels if they so wish.

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