Better SkyClub drinks & more, Delta Suntrust downgrades, hidden Delta seats & more updates!

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I thought this Sunday would be a good time to have a catch up about all the things that you may have missed that are either changing or have already changed recently with Delta and their partners.

The first one, as I hinted at a while back after my visit with Delta people before the Freddie awards, was that big changes are coming to the Delta Sky clubs. You can expect to see COMPLIMENTARY craft beers at many of the Skyclubs throughout the USA as well as improved wine choices (hello Malbec) and many other subtle changes that will really be nice especially if you like a quality drink in the club. Many may say, like most things Delta as of late, that this is an improvement by returning to the quality days of years gone by. I would not disagree with that but an improvement is an improvement so kudos Delta for doing something needed and something right.

The next one that you may or may not have noticed, if you are one of the ones who still hold a Suntrust debit card, is that you will soon see a dramatic limitation on how many SkyMiles you can earn each month and how many dollars charged it takes to earn them that is 2000 or 4000 points per month depending on the type of card you have and you only earn one Delta point for TWO dollars you spend. This is a disappointing “enhancement” as it truly was one of the great values and ways to cheaply manufacture SkyMiles. It looks like now, for most of us, the best choice is normal Delta cards like the current Platinum Delta credit card offers for June that include 50/60,000 bonus points!

Then we have another irritation that hopefully is as much a bug like the last one. That is the weird bug that Delta seems to be hiding the first class seats from the seat map when you are booking a coach class seat. Delta has, with the hiding of the award charts, restricting Award Wallet use, removing Expert Flyer access and more, really shown disdain for those who want to find important travel information. This last one is so important because it could influence which flight you picked, that is, which one has the most empty seats for your best shot at an upgrade. Now you must go through the additional step of trying to book a first class seat to even see the first class seat map. Most frustrating like so much Delta nowadays. I don’t get why  they want dumb flyers!  What do you think the reason is? 😉

Another subtle one you may have missed, as I did not feature it in the post name, is the restriction for Delta elites to Alaska preferred seats. American Airlines elites get access but we don’t. The abusive relationship between Alaska and Delta is really getting bad. On my run to EAT I can tell you after talking to many Alaska folks, they, all but one, indicated they really don’t like Delta at Alaska.

Lastly we have the word that the Centurion club is now open for business in MIA or Miami. I love the Centurion clubs and if you have never been to one you will see what a real Skyclub should be when it grows up. If you compare the DFW Centurion it looks like the one most similar to the MIA one. I will be visiting it in a few weeks and have a full review. Remember you can get in FREE to the Centurion clubs when flying ANY airline, as well as Skyclubs (when flying Delta that is), with either the Personal AMEX Platinum cards as well as the business AMEX Platinum cards. This is one of the main reasons both Lisa & I have this card.

Have a great weekend everyone and if you have any Delta related questions feel free to ask away here on this post or in the “Ask Rene” tab on the top of the blog.- René

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