Back in April, Delta decided to devalue the redemptions on their partner airlines overnight without any notice. This was the latest of a string of devaluations that Delta imposed upon its members overnight. One of the particularly stinging devaluations was for a last minute premium award on Virgin Atlantic. Overnight, a last minute (21 days out) redemption on Virgin Atlantic Upper Class went from pricing out at 70,000 Skymiles to 102,500 Skymiles.
Anything beyond 21 days still prices out at the partner award price of 85,000.
Well, it looks like Delta is up its tricks again (and hoping no one would notice). Today, while I was searching for business class availability to Asia for a client, I noticed the following.
JFK-TPE on September 19 on China Airlines:
JFK-PVG on September 19 on China Eastern Airlines:
JFK-ICN on September 19 on Korean Airlines:
Anything beyond the 21 day mark is still pricing out at 95,000 miles, which is the post devaluation price for partner flights to/from Asia (one way):
What makes this worse is that Delta’s calendar isn’t quite working properly for partner flights. However, this is a topic for another post.
We are not exactly sure when Delta implemented this last minute pricing for their Asian partners and we are currently reaching out to Delta for comment.