I know it’s a pipe dream that award prices remain static over time. Of course, I don’t even think they should remain static. That said, in a week where oh so friendly United slaps everyone kind of hard, I thought that maybe, just maybe it would be like…at least another week or 3 before anyone else piled on. I was wrong. Delta announced on FlyerTalk today that they are increasing certain award prices for travel booked beginning today (probably the most bothersome thing about this) for travel on or after February 1, 2014.
Keep in mind that I’m typing this from my iPad while I’m running around town, but upon first glance, I don’t see anything as shocking as the United devaluation, and some of these pricing changes actually align with where American is currently at like the domestic First saver award for instance which will rise to 50,000 miles matching American. Likewise, the new Hawaii mileage requirements do not seem all that out of whack with American either. I’ll do a deeper dive into the chart tonight, along with a look at other carriers, and if I see something that seems way out there, I’ll update this post.
In the meantime, I’ll try not to whine anymore for now. I will say this….. Dear Delta, you know I love you, and I know you like to believe that you have to do these things to “balance continued investments in products and services.” That’s just fine by me. I even accept that to a point. But I’m still offended that you can’t find the programming money (or more likely find the desire to find that programming money) to make one-way awards possible. Seriously….don’t you think it’s time to throw us just one bone? See, I didn’t even mention the broken award booking engine this time.
-MJ, November 8, 2013