How’s this for a gamechanger? Delta Air Lines announced Thursday that SkyMiles award travel will permanently count toward elite status earnings.
Earn Elite Status with Award Travel — For Good!
SkyMiles award trips have earned Delta Medallion Qualification Miles, Segments, and Dollars since Spring 2021 when the COVID-19 pandemic leveled air travel. The move was originally supposed to expire at the end of the year. But Delta extended the feature through 2022.
Now, it’s permanently in place.
SkyMiles members received emails with this news:
That makes SkyMiles a little more valuable. And it’s also a good marketing move on Delta’s part — especially to drive people toward acquiring co-branded American Express cards. (Which have some potentially lucrative welcome offers night now.)
Another Change: SkyMiles Earning Cap Eliminated
Delta revenue tickets were previously capped at earning 75,000 SkyMiles each.
This wasn’t a problem unless you (or your company) have deep pockets and spend a lot of money on Delta flights.
But Delta did away with the 75,000 SkyMiles cap. So, spend away without any fear of earning “only” 75,000 SkyMiles.
Don’t worry about award tickets earning elite status only through 2022. That feature is permanently in place. Plus, you’re no longer limited to earning only 75,000 SkyMiles per paid ticket. (That was never an issue for me but if it was for you, then congratulations — on so many levels.)
What do you think about these changes?
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