Well this should come as a shock to no one as September 2023 is the month Delta had to make one more nasty move to remind us all why the airline hates us. As I blogged about before I am going to Europe next year and doing so all in Delta 1st class and then Skyteam partners in business class for under 100,000 SkyPennies all-in. I did this because until today, you could, with work and timing, find SkyPenny awards from Mexico to many places in Europe in business class for just 75,000 points each way.
As of today that price has jumped up by 40%. Take a look.
If you do a search from Mexico to Paris the lowest priced ticket using Air France business class is now 105,000 points.
The same goes for Mexico to Amsterdam the lowest price on KLM is also 105,000 points that is a again a 30,000 point jump from what you could find in the past. Other routes are also impacted but not as much.
For example if you want to fly to South Africa i.e. Cape Town it has jumped from 95,000 to 110,000 points an approximate 15% jump in price.
There are a few things I find surprising about this move at this moment in time. Delta has been ultra quiet on social media after the September 14th obliteration of the Medallion program and for good reason as their 1st post on Facebook (trying to be cute) has resulted in a tidal wave of anger directed to them. So why would Delta make this nasty SkyPennies change now?
The other thing I am frankly astonished by is that they have not simply killed this one tiny bright spot in the Delta points program. I burned up almost every single remaining penny point I had booking these flights and will savor each mile flown knowing I found value for my hard earned points.
It is not like folks need yet one more reason to leave Delta next year but yet, as you can see above, they have found the way (again)! – René
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