Delta has devalued its miles with no notice (again.)

Effective immediately, awards for travel from January 1, 2017 on are going up in price from the United States to Europe in Business Class.

USA to Europe

Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania; Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Svalbard and Jan Mayen Island, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Vatican City

Is: 70k each way in Business

For Travel Now through December 31: 62,500 each way in Business
For Travel January 1, 2017 on: 70k each way in Business
Change: 7,500 more Delta miles each way in Business to Europe starting January 1, 2017

Here is a five week search of Business Class from New York to London that shows the jump from 2016 to 2017.

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This is for partner award space, which always prices at the lowest prices. The 87,500 prices you see on the calendar are for Delta One or Multiple Cabin types.

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Delta Award Charts

Delta no longer publishes an award chart, but it still has one that prices its Saver award space and partner award space. Since it’s a secret award chart, Delta doesn’t announce changes to it. We figure out the changes by comparing the old award charts to prices published on Delta’s award calendars.

This devaluation is on the heels of several unannounced Delta devaluations:

To summarize, Delta made SkyMiles less valuable, and gave no warning to avoid the devaluation. In other news, the Earth revolves around the sun.

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