Oh Delta Points has totally lost his mind now, right? I mean, he is so in love with Delta that even this latest devaluation he is saying is a good thing (I will never ever read his blog ever again – right)!
Just hang on and look at the most important part of all of this from the photo above and the new change to partners earning after 01SEPT2013. Code share count 100%. What is a code share? Look what Delta itself says on Delta.com about that:
Who is my marketing carrier?
Not sure which airline is the marketing carrier for your flight? It’s easy to find out. The marketing carrier is determined by the two letter airline code in the flight number. For example, DL2368 is marketed by Delta Air Lines and follows the SkyMiles earning rules. However, CZ327 is marketed by China Southern Airlines and would follow the China Southern chart (even if purchased on delta.com or operated by Delta Air Lines). [bold mine]
So does that mean we CAN earn MQM’s or NOT earn MQM’s on these partners (or even a Delta flight). Yes that is exactly what it says. Take a look at this:
You see that this is a Korean Air flight but has a DL number in front of it just like in the example Delta.com shows us above. But what if we look out say into October. Does Delta.com tell us we will earn MQM’s and Skymiles (RDM’s)?
You bet! So what is this all about then? Again, now, if you are still reading my blog , and your heart has calmed down, look at what European flyers have to put up with from KLM when they are a Flying Blue member flying a KLM flight. As a KLM member on a cheap fare class ticket, they can earn only 25% credit towards elite status:
Delta is a business. They could (and they may still do it) totally hack and slash the award chart for cheap tickets. They are giving you a way to earn FULL credit as long as Delta can get a “piece of the pie”! Airline margins are slim. Can you not see the Delta accountants saying this arrangement will mean the difference of a profitable partnership or not to DAL shareholders?
Sure this over all does stink for us as it makes more work (nothing new for Skymiles right) and I only “like” this because with every change it could be much worse for us. Also a code share can sometimes cost more (or less) than the same flight on another site. Lastly, I have not looked, but am sure there will be flights that you can NOT buy as a code share and you will thus earn ZERO for those flight. But this is the trend & it could be worse. Delta could do what United did and sell EC seats for a yearly fee so medallions have even less chance at an upgrade from coach to EC (See my point)! – René
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