Wow, if you didn’t realize already how much respect Delta has for their SkyMiles members, get a load of these ridiculous devaluations which hit upon ALL partner awards in ALL regions and which were not formally announced, but instead loaded on a FRIDAY afternoon.
Ridiculously, the only way to get around these increases is to include a Delta flight in the itinerary. Of course, these changes come after three other devaluations in the last year.
Flights to Europe (ex 1. New York to London) -> From 70K to 85K each way when not flying Delta. Virgin Atlantic, 49% owned by Delta, also receives the new pricing. SHAME!
Ex. 2 – These changes impact their joint venture partners Air France, Alitalia, and KLM as well. SHAME! 70K to 85K
Ex. 3 – This one really hurts me…When flying to Europe in the summer I tend to fly with Delta at their old “Low” level. How? Well, Aeroflot has fantastic availability and connections back to most major European destinations. They also have schedule changes all the time which has given me a 100% success rate in changing to the direct Delta flight over the last 3 summers without having to worry about actually flying with Aeroflot Well, this method will now cost me an extra 15K miles as you can see from the Moscow / Nice connection below. SHAME!
Flights to Central & South America ->
40K to 45K each way when not flying with Delta to Colombia, SHAME!
30K to 35K each way when not flying with Delta to Mexico…on a carrier that they just increased their ownership share to 49%, SHAME!
75K to 100K each way when not flying with Delta to Brazil and Argentina…including GOL, another airline where Delta has an ownership share…SHAME!
Tokyo goes from 80K to 95K when not flying with Delta…SHAME!
Australia goes from 95K to 115K when not flying with Delta..including Virgin Australia…SHAME!
Now, these are just a few of the changes. We can keep playing this game all day as Delta doesn’t publish an award chart or even announce changes so the only way to verify increases is to actually search for an award. In general, it seems that ALL partner awards now come at a premium unless a Delta flight is included in the itinerary (even one within the US). The examples above are for business class travel, but unfortunately economy is impacted as well.