Delta SkyMiles Partner Airline Earning Changes Effective January 1, 2018

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Delta is changing the number of SkyMiles its frequent fliers earn on many partner airlines effective January 1, 2018.

Delta has published an updated earning chart on October 26, 2017, and those that have ticketed before this date can choose to earn under the current chart if is is more beneficial for them come January 1. They need to contact SkyMiles after they have flown and ask for adjustment, however.

You can access Delta’s page for partner earnings here.

Here are some changes:


Delta Changes KLM

Delta Changes KLM Pre 1

Delta Changes KLM Pre 2

Seems that KLM would earn based on distance flown after this change and not based on ticket price even if ticketed on Delta’s ticket stock (006) based on the wording used.


Delta Changes GOL

Delta Changes GOL Pre

The discount economy fares that used to earn 75% drop tp 50% and those that earned 50% drop to 25%.


Delta Changes AeroMexico

Delta Changes AeroMexico Pre

All the business class fare classes have been bumped to 200% earnings. The lowest economy fare class now earns 25% instead of 50%.


Seems that Delta has tried to cut down the number of earning brackets on these airlines that would be a wise move. Many of the lowest economy fares now earn less while the business class ones earn more.

It certainly would be an interesting move if the KLM earnings would change from based on price paid if on DL’s ticket stock to back on miles flown. Why this change?

So, overall better for those that fly on business class/expensive tickets and likely less miles for passengers on deeply discounted ones.

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