Last week I wrote about how Delta had cut back on awarding elite qualifying miles. Most notably, travelers who purchase tickets on Korean will no longer be able to earn elite qualifying miles in Delta’s program at all. Delta kept pointing to its email statement saying that each airline determines if it participates with Delta, so I assumed Delta jacked up the compensation it required and Korean balked.
I was wrong. (And apparently Delta is, at best, bending the truth about how these decisions are made.)
I’ve heard from multiple sources now that, in fact, Delta simply shut it off. Korean wasn’t given an option. Airline Weekly suggests that this is a pressure tactic by Delta to try to push Korean to form a joint venture, and I’ve heard others speculate the same.
What do you think is going on here?