Delta Air Lines continues to release bad news affecting its frequent fliers. The airline quietly updated on Thursday the earning charts for partner airlines and new Medallion bonus amounts for flights taken on or after January 1, 2015.
In summary, you will earn up to 75% less miles for partner economy flights combined with up to 40% reduction on Medallion bonus.
You can access Delta’s web page for partner airlines here.
Medallion Mileage Bonus Changes:
Delta lowers bonus miles rewarded for Diamond, Platinum and Gold Medallion members. Silvers do see a jump of 60% from 25% to 40% on the number of bonus miles awarded.
Delta Air Lines has categorized its partner airlines into 4 groups based on how close relationship they have and this is extremely confusing.
You can even find one SkyTeam airline on Group 4 (Korean Air) that doesn’t earn any Medallion Qualifying Miles regardless of the fare class.
Delta Air France Changes
New Chart Effective January 1, 2015
Here I chose one airline partner to demonstrate the changes. Currently there are no economy fares listed that would earn less than 100% (there could be some that don’t earn anything). Come January 1st and lowest one will only earn 25%.
Delta has, however, upped the number of award miles that you earn for non-discounted business and first class fares.
At least Delta released these changes a month before they take effect. Delta continues to chip away the benefits given to frequent fliers that fly on discounted fares.
Unless you fly on full business class and on first class fares, you will earn a lot less redeemable miles combined with the Medallion bonus cut compared to 2014 come January 1st.