Delta announced a change in earning on partners effective Sept 1, 2013. The most notable being that Korean Air no longer accumulates Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) which is quite odd for a full partner in an alliance. Even Alaska, not even a member of Skyteam still allows full MQM earning.
Does anyone that knows anything about travel, miles, and elite status — that doesn’t live in Atlanta or the Upper Midwest — still fly Delta?
Well yes, Gary, I still do. Why? Because my weekly travel is 90% in the US and most of the time Delta is vastly cheaper than even US Airways. Although I have accrued Delta points regularly for 7 years and I’ve only bought a TV and made a crappy redemption to Ireland before I knew better. I’m sitting on a stockpile of Skymiles that I never use because United miles seem to get me where I’m going easier….I still fly Delta because I like the flight experience and I get around the country with minimal issues.
Delta is definitely treating me like a frog in boiling water and the Same Day Change changes really ticked me off, this change doesn’t really upset me at all. Ever since Continental moved into Star Alliance and merged with United and Northwest merged with Delta I rarely fly any Skyteam partners. I occasionally fly Alaska but if Delta changed that partnership I’d just start crediting them to American to anticipate the merger. The Medallion Qualifying Dollars (MQD) doesn’t affect me much because most of my trips are booked <7 days out so spending $5,000 for Gold is not an issue…and if it weeds out the ranks that actually gives me MORE value in the form of increased upgrades I would assume.
I do, however, hope to go to Korea in the next few years for vacation, but I can always fly Delta or continue using United miles or US Airways miles instead…and this is nothing about redeeming on Korean Air changing, just accruing MQM.
Delta also announced it dehubbed Memphis. They rarely had as attractive flight times as ATL from CLT, but I have connected in MEM maybe 3 times already this year although I had never connected in MEM before. The more I hear these stories the more I get afraid for the fate of CLT after the US/AA merger.
In news of the stupid a school group was flying from NYC to ATL on Airtran and decided to play musical chairs and not put away devices. Sorry. Flight Attendants are not baby sitters and regardless of age if you don’t sitdown and shutup they will turn the plane around. I’m glad I wasn’t on that flight! Quotes from the chaperones referred to the flight crew as stewardesses. If you want to get your point across that you are a victim and were discriminated against, don’t use outdated phrases to refer to the flight crew! The students’ twitter posts quoted on CNN also refer to Airtran and the flight crew in a derogatory way for being Southern. Well…you just lost my sympathy there and I’m going to side with the flight attendants and pilots. Also, there is a quote from a business traveler on the flight and he backed up the flight crew.
I’ve never seen a group so large on the plane. The chaperones should have been vigilant about getting the kids to sit in their seats, seat belts fastened, and portable electronic devices stowed. The seat swapping should stop as soon as it’s time for departure!