Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by vegasvic, Feb 26, 2014.
I've been able to fly a one way trip award flight at Delta for a while now.
From what I recall, the changes to the Medallion/frequent flyer program were in place in early December.
May I ask the source for this info? Not questioning the content, just the source. Thanks.
Sorry I should have posted my source. Business Week (but it's being reported in many places)
they should stop calling them "miles" then
I knew about the other changes as I'm a Delta frequent flyer,
just not about the one-way award ticket redemption.
Maybe I'm misinterpreting, so I'll go catch up now.
Also be aware, I read somewhere that many of the major air carriers (Delta also) will raise their award amounts, I think on July 1 so many of the international flights will cost more miles. I have Delta miles and right now I can use 55k to go to asia or even Europe from Hawaii but after July 1 it might be closer to 100k miles.
I'm more concerned about their rising ticket prices.
It's getting harder for me to justify taking so many trips to Vegas every year when the plane tickets are costing almost $400.
Wish that it would only cost $400 to get from Hawaii to Vegas. Right now it is around $750 for my June trip. Hope that they have a spring sale soon and drop prices.
Yeah, the MQDs were new for 2014 but the change to RDMs based on $ instead of miles is new for 2015. Flyertalk Delta forum is blowing up today
Rewards are getting cut across industries.
Speaking of Hawaii, I'd love to visit there, but it's at least $1100 from here in Detroit for a coach seat. I saw that I could get a US Airways first class seat for $1790, which is what I'd do if I ever bite the bullet and book a trip.
I do kind of agree that the elite programs are overcrowded. I had a flight from Dallas to Las Vegas once during a big convention and no lie there were only 3 of us that did not pre-board with a status.
Check the Hawaiian airlines web site regularly, every so often they lower their prices for things like "spring" special. This only lasts a day or two up to a week and you have to book quickly before the price goes back up. Unfortunately the closest place that Hawaiian flies (to Detroit) is NY or chicago so you have to pay to get there. Usually I find Hawaiian's prices to be the lowest to Hawaii (compared to United and the other major carriers). Of course Allegiant has low prices but you have to add in the extra fees and take into consideration their flight record (delays, cancellations) before taking a chance with them, usually most of us locals avoid Allegiant unless we really have to use them. Hawaiian also has a charge card program, on new charge cards if you spend $1000 in the first 3 months you get 35k miles and free first bags (should be easy with flights to your area over $1000 already). They may also have a 5% discount on your initial purchase of a Hawaiian flight (but that may have changed, check their web site for more details).
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