I suggested earlier that Delta’s change to elite status mileage earning on partners undermines the idea of a global airline alliance.
Beginning September 1, flying on Skyteam alliance partner Korean Air will not earn any “Medallion Qualifying Miles” at all.
Which is completely contrary to the consumer-facing purpose of the alliance. It undermines what Skyteam itself markets as a primary consumer benefit.
Here’s the Skyteam website‘s highlighted (with a box around it!) claim:
This website claim is simply no longer true.
It’s stretching the truth with Delta already, since status will require a minimum amount of spending — that partner airline tickets for travel on those partners will not count towards.
But starting September 1 it will literally no longer be true since it will not be the case that joining ‘any’ Skyteam program will mean earning elite status for your flying on Skyteam airlines. And it will not be true that the more you fly (on Korean), the quicker you’ll enjoy benefits (from Delta).