Today’s AM post is going to be rather short and to the point as I am still, yes, still on my 1 day mileage run that has become many. After 6 legs I have just 1 more to be home and after two bumps. This has been a great run.
A few things I can confirm and also update (more of the trip later bur for now just some data points). Many have posted on their blogs and on FlyerTalk that Delta no longer gives out meal vouchers when you offer up your seat. They say that change happened in the beginning of January. This is not entirely correct.
I reached out to Delta and was not given a clear answer but was told Red Coats can issue food vouchers. So while it is correct that gate agents can no longer give you one, go find a Red Coat, and they can as you can see from mine above. Do note they are still good for 24hrs like before so if you, like me, have already had dinner then you can hold them say for breakfast the next day.
Another sad note that does again play a roll on bumps is the loss of Y class rebook when you bump. WAY back you got FULL Y class including extra points when you bumped. Then, as I found out many times, you got Y class perks, but at any time they could be snatched away from you and you could be rebooked back in your original booking class. Now, when you bump, you must be bumped into the same fare class you booked in. The only way around this is for, again, a Red Coat to step in and they CAN rebook you in Y class but I do not know how long that will hold.
We can see Delta is working hard on their IT system to make sure we get as little as possible when we offer up our seats. Let’s hope they work just as hard on the #Skymiles2015 award page they have yet to build! – René