This is the final time I ever use the word “SkyMiles” to describe Delta points ever again. Why? Because, as we all know, the real aspirational value of SkyPennies is dead. EOS (the Evolution of SkyMiles) or the “End of SkyMiles” is now here. I mean, take a look at the SkyPennies award prices for a 10-day round-trip vacation to Paris from Atlanta this summer:
We can, with one trip in Delta One, empty over 1 million SkyPennies for two of you to fly there and back.
Yet not shocking at all, right?
Years ago a Delta insider told me that the company was terrified that all of “us” would perceive that SkyPennies would be worth only 1 cent each in value – but clearly this fear is GONE and they have proven this by their SkyPennies pricing!
But I am not willing to simply flush my hard-earned SkyPennies to go down the drain. As I posted on FreqentFloaters, there are amazing redemption values if we are ready to jump on them.
That is real value – as value dies.
And that is the point of this post. “Back in the day,” collecting SkyPennies had a point and value for the trip you were dreaming about. You could not only fly in luxury but also stop over and turn your loyalty into lasting memories in Paris or Amsterdam or Rome or any number of other major SkyTeam hubs – no longer. We need to burn down our Delta points to zero — and look to 2% cash back cards that are twice (yes, 100% more valuable) than SkyPennies and other points cards that offer real value!
Now that, is not to say we can not play with SkyPennies offers from Amex. If they offer you 75, or 95 or 100,000 SkyPennies they are still worth $750 or $950 or $1000 dollars in value but we need to CEMENT in our brains that Delta points are, at least for now, worth:
SkyPennies = 1 CENT EACH!
The really scary part about this, and the reason I am begging all loyal readers to BURN DOWN your SkyPennies totals is because Delta is without shame and remorse when it comes to the loyalty program, and I fully expect and state that soon we will see SkyPennies drop even further in value to sub 1 cent each.
Now I know that most of the die-hard (even more than I was back in the day) Kool-aid Delta drinking loyalist will say that they fly Delta, not because of the frequent penny program, but for the product, the service and reliability.
All of the above is in question in 2023. The Delta hard product is good, I agree. Service is failing and even questionable and reliability is nothing like what it once was (trust me, I know in real life experience).
So, I am spending my remaining SkyPennies down to near zero. I will be posting soon about the most insane, and ridiculous, reward I have booked to get me near zero (well at least under 100k which for me is like zero after having for years hundreds of thousands of points)!
So what – you are done collecting SkyPennies the next two years?
I have just come to a realizing shift. I will collect SkyPennies when I can get a large enough new card bonus but that is it and burn them as fast as I can. There are way too many other points programs that offer, with little or no effort, way more value than SkyPennies on a daily basis. – René
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