My company just spent $4,950 and I 24 hours flying Delta JFK-NRT-PVG in BusinessElite and I am greeted upon the arrival with the following emails:
- Welcome To One Million Miles
- Future Mileage Earning On Korean Air And Other Partners
So I am loyal and I am screwed. Great. Stupid me for persisting with Delta through June. Delta already ‘fired me‘ with their changes to Same-Day Confirmed. I stuck for the past few months because I had a series of China trips and was targeted for double miles to Asia through 2013 (DL metal and codeshares, of course!) plus 5,000 bonus miles per segment, up to 20,000 total, for JFK-NRT in Business Elite. Bribed so easily. I also wanted to hit my Million Miler and 250k MQMs. More than that I realize I am clinging to Delta out of inertia and a hope that someday, somehow I can return my true home, Minnesota, to live, and Delta has retained a strangehold on that market.
The two things I valued most about Delta were its former SDC policy and the SkyTeam partner network that works pretty well for my scattered travel plans, especially in East Asia. I get the arguments and understand how sticky customers like me are. Delta is taking the ‘Barbarians at the Gate’ approach to screw everyone to the breaking point and assume the money will keep flowing and the economy will be strong forever. One dear, crazy friend even argues that the knifing of partners is a good thing. I can tell someone who only flies US-Western Europe a mile away. Try pricing codeshares on Asian partners, as I recommended to him.
My lunch break in Shanghai is up and I need to scurry back to the office. More to come.
Oh, and Garuda is joining SkyTeam. Maybe they can be the first to earn negative miles?