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

Effective immediately, awards for travel from November 1, 2016 on are going up in price from the United States to the Middle East in Business Class.

USA to Middle East

Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Yemen

Is: 40k/70k each way in economy/Business
For Travel October 1 to October 31: 35k/70k
For Travel November 1 on: 35k/85k
Change: 5,000 fewer Delta miles each way in economy to the Middle East starting October 1, 15,000 more miles each way in Business Class starting November 1

Here is a five week search of Business Class from New York to Dubai that shows the jump from October 31 to November 1.

Screen Shot 2016-03-02 at 5.06.24 PM This is for partner award space, which always prices at the lowest prices. The big difference in the dollar amount is because Delta collects fuel surcharges on these partners.Screen Shot 2016-03-02 at 6.27.09 PM

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 that go into effect October 1 on awards to Asia, Africa, and Australia.

I have updated yesterday’s comparison tables of Delta/American/United award charts with this devaluation.

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