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The magic of Hogwarts continues in the Delta war room only it’s evil brewing, not magic. Points and miles are a travelers saving grace. I always attempt to use my miles for well planned trips to far away places in premium cabins, yet when something unexpected comes up and I need to leave.. tomorrow, using miles is often the best answer to avoid highway robbery. No longer…

What is the new low cost in miles for a flight anywhere? Oh right, we can’t find that out. Can we get a good deal using miles for a flight departing within three weeks? Absolutely not. Delta has already taken the award mileage chart down leaving us with nothing but the magic of Hogwarts with which to guess on price in miles. Because Delta doesn’t want anyone to be able to wiggle out of their painful last minute air fare pricing, they’ve now eliminated virtually all “Saver” (lowest miles needed) tickets within three weeks of departure. Book early, or be prepared to light miles on fire. Forever a standard economy ticket from any point in the US to another has cost 25,000 miles at the “saver” level. Finding a ticket for that rate within three weeks of departure is now nearly impossible. Yesterday a family member had an emergency and I offered to check Delta for a mileage ticket. There wasn’t a single offering under 35,000 miles one way in the calendar week for a regional flight. RIDICULOUS.

It’s so strange that I don’t know what to make of it. While most airlines push for people to redeem for short haul economy (least value for miles), changes like this most recent one nearly beg you to book a premium cabin which is more valuable to you, and more expense to them! Good I guess? It’s simply not fair to cap ones ability to use miles as needed. Changing the amount of miles needed is standard in today’s game but this is a step beyond. No chart, no chance of getting good value within three weeks, what’s next? Ball(s) and miles are in your court Delta…

As Always, Get in Touch: GodSaveThePoints@gmail.com

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