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Don't Waste Your Money: Delta Airlines quietly changes SkyMiles program

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(Toledo News Now) - When taking a flight, most of us earn frequent flier miles for it. One major airline is suddenly giving fliers fewer miles for getting on their planes.

If you fly often, you know how dominant Delta Airlines is. Delta and United now control nearly half the air traffic in the U.S. after recent mergers.

Some Delta SkyMiles members may be in for a rude awakening this fall when they discover they are no longer earning as many miles as they used to on certain flights.

Quietly Changes the Rules

Frequent flier programs used to be so simple: Fly 2,000 miles, earn 2,000 points.
    
But as of this fall, you may not earn as many miles on your next Delta flight if you purchase it from a third-party source.

Delta has quietly changed the rules of its SkyMiles program, and certain discount fares will earn you fewer miles, according to a new page on Delta's website.

Delta's website now says the following tickets will no longer earn as many points: 

-Student fares
-Consolidator fares
-Flights as part of a cruise package
-Flights as part of a discounted tour package

If your tour books deeply discounted seats, you'll get just 25 percent of the normal SkyMiles award. For example, a cruise or Hawaii vacation package purchased from a company outside of Delta that includes airfare on Delta will no longer guarantee you 1,000 SkyMiles.

Doesn't That Stink?

From the "doesn't that stink" file is the likelihood that your tour operator probably won't volunteer this information.

The travel blog Frequent Flier says it's unrealistic to expect travel bookers to pass this information on to passengers, which may leave you saying "doesn't that stink" when you get your next Delta statement.

Think about it: If you are a tour operator, would you want your customers to know they're earning fewer miles by booking with you?

What You Can Do

The easiest way to make sure you are earning full SkyMiles is to book directly through Delta's website, especially if it is a trip to Europe or Hawaii that could potentially mean a lot of miles.

But that's not going to make travel agents happy and it means you may end up paying more for your next travel package.

As always don't waste your money.

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