Delta Air Lines SkyMiles Award Price Increases Effective October 1, 2016

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Delta Air Lines stopped publishing award charts in February last year (read more here) claiming that a (non-working) award calendar would be better.

Delta Air Lines SkyMiles Award Chart Changes Effective October 1 2016

I suspected at the time that there would be more nefarious reasons for this such as trying to do devaluations without informing SkyMiles members at all.

Now, Delta has decided to change the number of miles required (read increases) for many awards effective October 1, 2016, and has not informed members at all.

There is a thread on FlyerTalk (access here) where members are comparing current and October 1 award requirements. Here are some examples:

  • North America to Australia goes from 80,000 to 95,000 one-way in business class
  • Hawaii to Asia in business goes from 50,000 to 60,000 miles one-way
  • Southern South America goes from 62,500 miles to 75,000 miles in business one-way


Delta is a fine airline for their domestic US in-flight product and for their reliability. I just don’t get it why they are totally trashing their SkyMiles program without any communication about the changes. Like they just hope that people don’t realize or hear about these devaluations that they are trying to sneak in.

Seems that is yet another 15% to 20% devaluation on routes where members actually want to use their miles for business class.