Major US airlines have had to make a number of changes to flights in recent years. Some have favored passengers, such as Delta Air Lines waving surcharges for changing Basic Economy tickets in 2021. But others, such as American Airlines discontinuing its second beverage service on long-haul flights, may not be such good news. for travelers. Now Delta Air Lines has confirmed it is making a new change that could upset some of its most frequent fliers. Read on to find out what this airline is pulling out of its service at the end of the month.
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Delta Air Lines has confirmed it is removing one of its top elite perks, The Points Guy reported Jan. 25. According to the news outlet, the airline will no longer offer Platinum and Diamond Medallion members the option to choose a $200. gift card to Tiffany & Co. through Choice Benefits. This benefit allows frequent flyers to choose from a list of potential rewards when they qualify for Delta’s Platinum or Diamond Medallion status. Current benefits include upgrade certificates, Delta Sky Club memberships and guest passes, bonus miles, traveler vouchers or a Tiffany & Co retail gift card.
According to The Points Guy, Delta Air Lines’ partnership with Tiffany & Co is coming to an end. and therefore the gift card will soon be removed from the rewards list. However, Platinum and Diamond Medallion members can continue to select a Tiffany gift card through January 31. Delta’s top members must choose their benefits – one for Platinum and three for Diamond – for the medal year 2021 by this date. For the Medallion Year 2022, the gift card will no longer be on the list of offers.
“The SkyMiles program is constantly evaluating and updating benefits based on partner agreements and demand, as well as feedback from SkyMiles members,” Delta said in a statement to The Points Guy.
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According to Delta’s fine print, the Tiffany & Co. Gift Card can only be shipped to a US mailing address. And it’s only valid for up to 12 months from the date of issue, per Nerd Wallet. But these aren’t the only two stipulations that make it a questionable choice on the benefit list. According to The Points Guy, “almost any other choice benefit is significantly more valuable” than the Tiffany & Co. gift card. Other choices such as upgrade certificates, bonus Sky Miles, and Sky Club access are all valued at over $2o0.
“While the move is bad news for those planning to redeem one of their favorite perks for the Tiffany gift card, most flyers won’t be phased by the change,” said The Points Guy. Even if you wait for a Tiffany gift card, Delta will continue to offer a $200 travel voucher as one of its elite perks. While that won’t save you on jewelry purchases, it will give you $200 off your next Delta gift. You can then use those savings to offset the cost of the necklace or earrings you had in mind.’
Delta Air Lines flyers can earn Medallion status by being a member of the SkyMiles program. But the airline recently made a change to its program requirements that will likely affect some travelers. Delta will no longer allow passengers to earn SkyMiles or elite status on basic economy fares, Travel + Leisure reported in Dec. The change took place on December 9, with the airline stating that any Basic Economy ticket booked after this date for travel on or after January 1, 2022 will no longer earn award miles or count toward Medallion status.
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