Delta recently announced that in 2015 they will award points based on the price of your ticket instead of time (distance flown) in their seats.
There are many things wrong with the changes, and the new program will actually place limits on how much expensive tickets can get rewarded.
Spirit Air, on the other hand, is offering more miles to customers who spend less.
Tickets purchased through April 15 will earn bonus miles — but the more your tickets cost the fewer miles you’ll earn.
- Flights under $36 earn 1000 bonus miles
- Flights which cost $36 – $65 earn 500 bonus miles
- Flights which cost $66 – $99 earn 250 bonus miles
None of which would be enough to actually get me to fly Spirit.
And while Delta’s miles may not be the most lucrative, Spirit’s are far, far worse. They have no international airline partners to redeem with. Spirit’s miles expire after 90 days of inactivity. Spirit charges fees for award redemption within 180 days of travel, giving new meaning to a ‘close-in redemption fee’.
Spirit could give out a million miles and they’d probably still make money on fees . . .