Delta has recently
made numerous changes to the SkyMiles program. The
pre-9/11 benefits scheme offered by SkyMiles was predicated upon
certain revenue/cost expectations. Because of the drop in revenue
(which was largely due to cutbacks in corporate travel spending),
Delta and other airlines had (and continue to have) no choice but to
realign benefits with the new revenue and cost expectations.
It's not that Delta doesn't want to offer benefits to its
customers -- the problem is that it cannot afford to when companies
have slashed travel expenditures by over 50% in many cases. The old
business model simply doesn't work anymore. Delta is one of a few
airlines that has realized this and is changing. In the process,
they have created a new definition of what a "best customer" is.
Delta Air Lines is a business. In the end, they try to make
money. And if that means giving out less upgrades to some folks
because they don't buy full fares, they're going to do that. There
is a smaller pie to go around and hence Delta is recalculating how
large a slice everyone gets. Some folks will benefit and others will
not. That is the simple economic reality. You would do the same if
it was your business.
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