Last night Delta began charging 86,000 miles each way for business class awards between the US and Europe on Delta’s own planes. What’s bizarre — aside from the 23% no notice increase — is that it meant Delta flights were more expensive (by 1000 miles) than flights on partners.
There was also a suggestion that Delta increased the price of South Asia (eg India, Sri Lanka) business class awards on partners to 120,000 miles one way. But that’s the absurd and extortionate price they imposed back in April.
When Delta makes a change you never know whether it’s an IT glitch (their IT isn’t very good, and they frequently misprice things, though rarely in your favor) or if it’s intentional. They insist, of course, that ‘the price is the price’ and have hidden their award charts because you aren’t supposed to know how much an award costs, how many miles you need to save, and as a matter of policy they refuse to respect their members by informing them of changes in advance.
In fact a year ago Delta started charging more miles for partner award flights than Delta flights. Then they claimed it was a mistake, but the mistake was just that they rolled out the change too early, the ‘mistake’ became the price six months later.
SkyMiles are just like Forrest Gump, you never know what you’re gonna git.
Indeed now Delta transatlantic business class is back to 70,000 miles each way, last year’s no notice devaluation price.
Here’s New York – London Heathrow, Delta at 70,000 miles and Virgin Atlantic at 85,000 miles.
Similarly here’s Atlanta – Frankfurt, back at 70,000 miles for business class as well.
What we don’t know of course is whether the end of the 70,000 mile award was a type I glitch (a true mistake) or a type II glitch (revealed too early). Of course with the rate of devaluation of SkyMiles we know that prices generally will rise, that’s why they hid award charts in the first place, to keep members from understanding the value of their miles.
(HT: Rene’s Points)