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Posted on Friday, January 18th, 2013

Dave!I fly a lot.

And flying a lot means that I get benefits and privileges which help to make my constant flying suck less. I've laid it all out here before but, in summary, it involves things like First Class upgrades, early boarding, free luggage allowances, etc. etc.

For as long as I've been flying, these perks have been earned by flying a certain number of miles within a airline partner program. For example, to earn "Platinum" status with the Delta SkyMiles program, I have to fly 75,000 miles. That's pretty easy for me to do, because I can add up the miles from Delta, Alaska Air, Korean Air, Air France, or any other SkyMiles partner airline.

But all this changes in 2014.

In order to qualify for Platinum status with Delta I not only have to fly 7,500 miles, but I ALSO have to spend $7,500 on Delta flights that are in my name as shown on the following chart...

Delta SkyMiles Qualifications Chart

Which means none of the money spent on Alaska Air, Korean Air, Air France, or other partner airlines means shit (well, unless they are Delta-coded flights, and most of the ones I fly are not).

The upshot of all this is that I'm fucked.

I don't spend $7,500 on Delta flights because Seattle isn't a very big Delta direct-flight hub, which means I will be lucky to make Gold status in 2014.

UPDATE: After complaining about the "Million Miler" changes (which I talk about below) to a Delta rep, I was told that the $2,500 does not apply to Million Miler Silver status, and I would enjoy Silver benefits no matter how much (how little?) I would spend. I sincerely hope this is true, as it really is the right thing to do... but the below information was posted to a frequent flier forum after another SkyMiles flier had asked a Delta rep, so I dunno which is true. I guess we find out in 2014.

But the bigger problem for me is when I reach Million Miler status... probably in 2015. Once I fly a million SkyMiles, I get permanent Silver status, which I was looking forward to using in my later years when I'm not flying as much. But now that permanent Silver status ain't worth shit unless I spend $2,500 each year. And that probably won't be happening when I've retired and am living on a fixed income.

Which means the goal I've been working towards for decades is now practically useless.

So typical.

Over the years I've flown with Delta even when other airlines were cheaper because I thought I would be rewarded for my loyalty down the line. My million mile payday. But companies just don't give a fuck about their customers any more. The only thing they give a shit about is how much money they can squeeze out of you right now. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that Delta screwed me... that's all companies do any more.

Now we get to sit back and wait for all the other airlines to follow suit.

They are, after all, companies too.

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  1. Kyra Wilson says:

    That sucks. 🙁

    Delta is one of the worst companies out there, and in my own personal opinion the absolute worst airline. I will never forgive them for standing me with my young children in NYC, making us walk in the dark on the outside roads to the night ticket desk to make us reschedule our flight home, being told it would take THREE days to do so, requiring a passport to book us a flight to Manchester, NH (closest they could get to VT), and me finally giving up and asking my husband to drive all the way down there the next morning after paying an outrageous amount for a hotel overnight, because I’m certain they booked us on a flight out of the country. NOT ONE APOLOGY. When I reported them to the BBB, they gave up 500 flying miles, and STILL no apology (also, what the heck would I do with 500 flying miles, when I flew farther than that in the first place?) They’re horrible people. A horrible company.

  2. Sad. I have been very loyal to Delta for several years; I am disappointed !

  3. martymankins says:

    I totally agree with your statement about companies not giving a fuck about their customers anymore. It’s a sad state for those of us that provided years of loyalty to these companies only to have things change. The SkyMiles changes are pretty sucky.

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