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I wanted to pop up a quick post about the rumored SDC changes said to be on the way April 16th. I am working to try to get some CORP confirmations, but often times I get the standard “can not comment on planned changes”. Other times I do get confirmations I can share. I will advise when I can.
First, what is SDC? You can look HERE what Delta.com currently has to say about the perk. Basically, Same Day Change, sometimes called same day confirmation, in rookie terms it is changing to a earlier or later flight or flights to get home sooner or later or even to get a better route (either more direct if you want or LESS direct if you want to earn more MQM’s or Skymiles) on the same day you are already scheduled to fly. Some use this perk a bunch others don’t even know that you can do this or understand the rules.
The Points Guy, back when he still loved Delta back in 2011, had a great post you really should review HERE to get an overview of SDC. Then, you can take a peek at the current 11 page FlyerTalk post about the suggested and rumored change HERE.
Since most of this is unconfirmed, and many times, like the SPG CrossoverRewards early info, much of it can and does change by release date. But I do have a few thoughts if this info does pan out.
I get what Delta is doing here. Delta is trying to make as much money as they can (like every choice they ever make now-a-days). Some FF’ers have been using the SDC to work around having to pay higher fare class tickets and then “gaming” the rules to fly as they want and route as they want. Some of this will go away if they impose these new rules as suggested. I also get others just use this to get home sooner!
The one thing that would make my head come off is if, and again if, for award tickets, not just any same cabin seat must be open, but say a low level seat has to be open. That, as we all know, is somewhat hard to find nowadays (especially if you cannot change the route). Again, if this change happens, SDC for award travel will be just about over (unless you were dumb enough to book HIGH level awards to start with)!
I will have much more on this and was planning on an SDC Rookie Wednesday post but will clearly hold off until we get more word on this. Lastly, I will push Tamara’s Friday post off till later in the day so you all can share some feedback on what you think of this, so check back to see what Tamara has to share with you after lunch! – René
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