Delta SkyMiles Hidden Devaluation Strikes Again - Summer 2017 Edition

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It’s been a few months since Delta devastated its partner awards pricing. Well they have just done it again, and true to Delta’s form not a single announcement was made about the devaluation, it just happened.

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This most recent devaluation effects “last-minute” bookings, those made within 21 days of departure, on partner airlines. Bookings made more than 21 days out from the departure date remain unchanged. The price hike affects Delta redemptions to both Asia and Europe in Premium cabins.

Summer 2017 Price Increase

The increased rates on partner Premium cabin redemptions within 21 days are:

  • North America to Europe: 102,500 miles one-way
  • North America to Asia: 125,000 miles one-way

It is worth noting that if you book more than 21 days before departure there has been no increase in costs, and one-way Premium cabins on partners to Europe will set you back 85,000 miles while to various Asian destinations they still cost 95,000 miles one way. Review our (un)official Delta SkyMiles award chart for more details.


While we have become used to living in a world of constant devaluations, what we think really stirs up anger is when airlines try to do it without transparency. While you can see the airline’s logic—that a sudden devaluation is like ripping off a band aid: it’s better done quickly—it really annoys people since it can throw travel plans into chaos. Hopefully, one-day airlines will take note that giving people fair warning of a devaluation might make them grumble slightly, ultimately, they will adapt and modify their plans. Which is better than these unpleasant surprises!

Source: Point Me To The Plane

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