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A reader e-mailed me the other day a targeted offer for Seattle residence only. It is also a very unique offer as 50k of the points are after spending $1000, but to get the next 50k you must spend $4000 on purchases “Directly at Delta“. 100,000 miles is a great offer worth at least $1000 at a penny a point on Delta and even more if redeeming for 1st class award travel (even at the new higher award rates).
But talk about an all out assault on Alaska airlines. Not only have they come up with a double everything promotion to
attack entice point enthusiasts but with this AMEX offer it is a money grab as well! This is a 1-2 punch at the partners bottom line.
And this is a STRONG Delta partner. One that Delta shares elite perks, upgrades and so much more with. An Alaska MVP is much loved when flying Delta. If this is how they treat their closest friends, what about the rest?
This winter I will be flying Delta to Grand Cayman using Hawaiian miles. That is no longer possible. Hawaiian has all but said to us that the partnership is not what it once was on March 17, 2008 when “SkyMiles and Hawaiian Miles members to enjoy reciprocal mileage-earning and redemption benefits“. You can forget about earning Skymiles flying Hawaiian and the other way around. The really surprising thing is you can still spend Skymiles to fly Hawaiian (for now). This is to me the epitome of dysfunctionality.
Then there is KLM. Oh KLM. NWA & KLM were like peas in a pod. Now, trying to get a seat you pick on Delta.com to hold when you go to fly is all but impossible. Beyond that, elite economy comfort reciprocal benefits are so frustrating most give up when KLM tells you to call Delta and Delta tells you to call KLM. Then, KLM is selling every seat on the plane at the gate.
Ask anyone at Delta about the Air France “thing” and all they do is sigh and groan and no one wants to talk about “it”. Now I have no great longing to spend more time in CDG but AF has nice planes and products and it would be fun to ride on their jets – my guess is the current financial disaster AF finds themselves in had prompted the move to shut off the “frequent flyer tap” until further notice with Delta.
Then Korean. Founding member of Skyteam. You think Alaska and Hawaiian has it hard, look at how Delta treats family. Most families sit down and talk about issues; they don’t fight in public (it just is not civil). Not in this case. The code-share for points change seems to be sticking going forward.
Where will all this end and how much worse can this get. If I were a Delta partner or Skyteam member I would be very afraid. Just look at what Delta has been willing to do so far, not just to business partners, but to their own frequent flyers repeatedly this year. Oh “May you live in interesting times” fellow Delta flyers! – René
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