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A Delta credit card could give better award availability

by on Tue October 2, 2012 • No Comment

Delta miles are notoriously frustrating to use. They tend to have very few seats available at the lowest published mileage levels, like 25,000 miles for a roundtrip domestic ticket, and instead price at the mid and high levels which can be frustrating.

But some astute flyers have noticed something interesting…(see the DeltaPoints blog for details)

People with accounts who hold a Delta SkyMiles credit card (the Gold, Platinum, or Reserve) are seeing greater availability of the lowest priced mileage tickets than those who don’t. At first they thought it was a fluke, but Delta confirmed that this is actually deliberate.

They are targeting select credit card holders with enhanced award availability. Now they’re not saying how they target, and how long they do, but the message is – hold one of the credit cards if you want the bet possible availability.

It’s frustrating this isn’t a published or more consistently available benefit. A lot of people would be willing to pay the higher annual fee of the premium Platinum or Reserve credit cards if they got a shot at better award space availability.

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