The ‘Catch’ To Delta’s New 15% Cardmember Award Discount [Roundup]

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  1. @ Gary — Delta has already lowered domestic redemptions from a fairly consistent 1.3-1.5 pre-COVID to 1.1-1.3 now. There’s your 15%. They are already a step ahead of us, but I honestly don’t expect further devaluation of domestic awards. But if they do, I certainly hope my SkyMiles balance is closer to zero by then.

  2. Gene, thanks for the confirmation. I was seeing the Delta devaluation on my flights and suspected that it was an unannounced across-the-board devaluation.

    If you think about it, as Delta is willing to charge more points for award flights, why doesn’t Delta charge more for lounge access so as to get that under control? Ha.

  3. I was watching flights from Chicago O’Hare to Europe first week in September. They were pricing out at 92,000 miles economy round-trip. Same dates now 144,000 miles, 15% discount, 122,000 miles economy round-trip. What a deal!

  4. Delta happens to be the best US airline. People complain about free stuff. Amazing! I stopped flying the others long ago.

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