globalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 1035 posts, RR: 3 Posted (3 years 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3498 times:
Whilst booking many European and African flights for this month, I noticed on the Delta SkyMiles site that beginning March 1, 2013, many classes (even Business Class) of service will earn fewer and fewer MQM's.
Does this mean DL does not value its partners equally?
Delta wants its passengers to fly on Delta metal or that of their JV partners or on airlines where they've a direct investment. An incentive via SkyMiles is certainly one way of accomplishing that goal. UA does about the same.
ORDBOSEWR From United States of America, joined Jun 2011, 541 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3230 times:
Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 1): An incentive via SkyMiles is certainly one way of accomplishing that goal. UA does about the same.
Yes, UA does this to a degree, but not nearly to the same degree as DL is implementing.
UA has always had a preference to flying UA. That was inherent in the Million Miler program where it is BIS based not earned base, ie partners never qualified. (Now Copa is the lone exception, but we can argue if they are really a partner or a fake subsidiary of UA.)
I think this will be interesting to see what the other majors do in response to DL.
Akiestar From Philippines, joined May 2009, 813 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3076 times:
Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 1): Delta wants its passengers to fly on Delta metal or that of their JV partners or on airlines where they've a direct investment.
As I have mentioned both here and on FlyerTalk, tell that to DL's Asian Skymiles members. With no JV here in this part of the world, we're effectively constrained to earning 100% MQMs only on flights to NRT, or on long-haul operated by DL/AF/AZ/KL/AM. Talk about loyalty.