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Delta mile award availability: is it getting better?

by on Mon September 26, 2011 • No Comment

Delta SkyMilesWe’ve often shied away from recommending Delta Airlines credit cards as a top place to earn airline miles because of relatively low availability of award space on flights for the standard ‘low’ mileage levels advertised.

For example, many Delta SkyMiles members are frustrated with basic domestic coach tickets pricing at 40-60,000 miles instead of the standard 25,000 mile tickets more widely available on American and United / Continental according to an independent study earlier this year.

Well…in our very recent experience booking award travel on Delta it feels like things are getting better. They instituted a tough rule that forbids any changes to reward tickets within 72 hours of travel to cut down on unused bookings. While that wasn’t any fun, the upside is they may be getting looser on making seats available as a result.

We just booked a ticket at the low level for travel around Thanksgiving, and are seeing more availability for low price business class tickets to Europe this fall than even just a few weeks ago. And many of our friends at frequent flyer site FlyerTalk are surprised at what they’re finding for the busy summer travel season next year in this thread.

How about you? What are you seeing?

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