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Delta and Alaska are longtime partners, dating to the days of Northwest Airlines.
But lately the partnership has turned sour with Delta aggressively expanding in Alaska’s Seattle hub.
Last year, Delta cut several benefits for Alaska’s MVP frequent fliers on Delta flights, including:
And last week earning miles on Delta flights became less rewarding for Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members.
That’s because Delta cut earning rates for Alaska members to better reflect its own move to awarding miles based on how much you pay for a ticket, rather than how far you fly.
So you could earn as few as 25% of the miles you fly on the very lowest Delta fare.
But along with that change, Delta added a benefit for its own SkyMiles members:
The ability to book one-way awards for half the price of a round trip.
So it makes sense that Alaska MileagePlan members should now be able to use their miles to book one-way Delta flights at half the round trip price.
But they still can’t.
One-way awards on Delta booked using Alaska miles still price at the full round trip price, or double what you should be paying.
The old reasoning Alaska provided was that Delta didn’t offer one-way awards to its own members. That’s not the case anymore.
It’s certainly not because Delta doesn’t let partners book one way awards for half the price of one ways.
You’ve been able to do this with Air France Flying Blue for years.
Alaska phone agents haven’t received any notice this is about to change for the better, so we’re not holding out hope. But it’s worth expressing your dissatisfaction if you’re an Alaska MileagePlan member.
It’s unclear whether this is an oversight or another skirmish in the Delta / Alaska battle.
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