Delta has been rumored to be introducing a new, revenue-based frequent flyer program since March. An internal document on the potential program was leaked, and ever since then the frequent flyer community has been waiting for Skypesos armageddon.
The rumors heated up last month. My own prediction has been that Delta announces the program in 2013 and introduces it for 2014 (even though they have a history of making changes with no notice whatsoever, it’s hard to imagine this one is done without a rollout).
And by ‘this one’ we don’t yet know what it is. And I’ve decided not to worry about it for my own travels. There are plenty of frequent flyer programs in the world, I like the Flying Blue and Korean Air programs within Skyteam better anyway (largely but not exclusively because of access to first class awards).
Still, I’m following things with interest. And it appears that the announcement of a new program may be closer than many think.
Delta has rolled out a new website. Same technical challenges especially with award search and the award calendar, but a new look and an attempt to be modern and ‘social’ they want you to link your Facebook account for instance.
A Flyertalk member noticed on the new site that the on the benefits summary page the link for more information off of ‘Rollover Medallion Qualification Miles’ brings you to the wrong page.
And, while blank of text, the link clearly is for details of a ‘New Skymiles Program’.
While there was some speculation that this could have been a stale, leftover website, another Flyertalk member noticed that the HTML was recently edited, and even some information redacted from the page as recently as last month.
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It does seem that Delta’s IT team is trying to tell us that this is coming…
Update 7:42am Eastern: It looks like Delta has now pulled down the page. And they’ve now changed the link that ‘Rollower Medallion Qualifying Miles’ directs to, it now strangely sends you to a page on Million Miler status (which is equally incorrect).