Has Delta SkyMiles Achieved A New Loyalty Programme All Time Low?

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Delta SkyMiles recently made another devaluation, with partner awards becoming even more expensive. It was only last October (yes, a few months ago!) that award prices were previously raised…

Delta SkyMiles Partner Awards are getting more expensive

About 5 years ago, Delta decided to stop publishing award charts, so that the airline could adjust the number of miles required for an award without telling anyone. It was predicted by many at the time that the lack of transparency would inevitably lead to award prices creeping up. Raising prices (twice) in the middle of a global pandemic when hardly anybody is travelling anyway, is surely a new low for a loyalty programme though?

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Delta SkyMiles partner awards have risen in price again. (Source: Virgin Atlantic)

For a one way Business Class award with Air France from New York-JFK to Paris Charles de Gaulle, for example, you would now need to pay 120,000 SkyMiles! That’s a huge increase, given that these awards cost between 75,000 and 86,000 before October 2020.

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All SkyMiles partner awards from the US to Africa and the Middle East remain unchanged for the time being. Strangely enough, an award from New York to London is therefore now more expensive than an award from New York to Johannesburg.

Bottom line

Delta SkyMiles has devalued twice in a period of 4 months, which would be remarkable in normal time, but especially so at the moment.

SkyMiles aren’t a very popular points/miles ‘currency’ here in the UK, but if you do happen to enjoy regular devaluations, you could always transfer Amex Membership Rewards Points across… (Please don’t).

Image Credits: Delta Air Lines – Featured Image: Air France

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