We knew this had to be coming — with Delta moving to a revenue-based frequent flyer earning structure, with miles earned based on ticket price, it was too big of a leak to just let customers credit their flights to Alaska Airlines and earn full flown miles instead.
Here’s the new earning rates:
- F and P first class fares increase from 150% mileage earned to 200%
- A first class fares increase from 150% mileage earned to 175%
- G first class fares decrease from 150% mileage earned to 125%
- J and C business class fares increase from 125% mileage earned to 175%
- D and I business class fares increase from 125% mileage earned to 150%
- Z business class fares remain at 125% mileage earned
- Y economy fares increase from 100% mileage earned to 125%
- B, M, and S economy fares remain at 100% mileage earned.
- H, Q, and K economy fares decrease from 100% mileage earned to 75%
- L, U, T, X, and V economy fares decrease from 100% mileage earned to 50%
- E economy fares decrease from 100% mileage earned to 25%
Basically Delta’s discounted economy fares, what are on sale most of the time and most of us buy, will no longer earn full mileage flown. This had to happen. I suspect Alaska would have been happy to continue offering full mileage-earning, having Delta continue to buy miles from Alaska at a rapid pace. But Delta wasn’t going to make it that easy for us — especially with competition heating up so quickly in Seattle.
Interestingly, Alaska even couches this as Delta’s fault —
Delta has recently announced changes to its frequent flyer program which will affect the way Mileage Plan™ Miles are earned when flying on Delta..
At the same time, Alaska is increasing mileage-earning for their most expensive fares, for instance full fare coach goes from 125% of miles flown to earning 150% and first class goes from 150% to 175%. They’re also increasing the elite status bonus for MVP Gold 75K members to 125%.
(HT: Delta Points)