Earlier in the year I received a targeted Delta offer, Fly Business Elite on Select Transpacific Routes and Earn Up to 20,000 Bonus Miles.
Not particularly generous, the offer was to “earn 5,000 bonus miles for each segment flown (up to 20,000 miles) on paid BusinessElite® between New York (JFK) and Tokyo-Narita (NRT) or between Los Angeles (LAX) and Sydney (SYD).”
It so happened that I had two Asia trips during the period and always connect in Tokyo-Narita when possible so thought I had qualified. The promotion closed and I never received the miles, stretching past the 6-8 weeks allotted.
I dug into the previously ignored Terms & Conditions to find:
Validity: This promotion is valid only for tickets purchased through a corporate travel program with Delta Air Lines using one of the following ticket designators: XX92G, XX4G7, XX84N, XX74G, XX54G, XX45G, XXN67, XXN27, XX8G9, XX85N, XX67G, XX54N, XX52G, XXN79, XX42G, XX4N9, XXG23, XX64G, XX7G2, XX83N, XX8N9, CQ143, XXN84, XXB26, XX5G6, XX4L6, CQHAL, CQICJ, CQKHI, CQMRB, CQMHU, CQMH8, XX3J9, CQMC3, CQMH7, CQMUF, CQMBB, CQMZG, XXT39, CQOTS, XX5J6, CQSHA, CQSNC, CQSMT, CQSMC, CQTOK, XX7J6, XX6J9, XX6G2, XX7J9, XX7J4, XX7J8, XX6J6, XX82N, XXG23.
Ticket designator? I had never heard of it. It took some effort to track down my employer’s ticket designator, which like a false hope lottery ticket, was off by one digit. Nothing for me.
So what are these ticket designators? Do corporate travel programs have varied terms that trigger these promotions? I had never received such an offer. Does Delta do this often? I have already lost out on plenty of miles due to fare class, now tickets designators are added to the gotcha list.