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Delta vs Alaska: Reduction Of Reciprocal Elite Benefits

DL and AS Devalue Reciprocal Elite Benefits

Starting on May 1, 2014, Delta Airlines Medallion members flying on Alaska Airlines will no longer receive baggage fee waivers or priority security line screening.  Diamond, Platinum and Gold Medallion members will continue to receive other elite benefits such as complimentary upgrades, priority boarding, priority check-in and preferred seating. Delta is returning the favor by doing the same to Alaska MVP Gold and Gold 75K who fly on Delta Airlines.

Alaska MVP, MVP Gold, and MVP Gold 75K members will no longer receive priority baggage, priority security, baggage fee waivers, Sky Priority boarding or discounted Economy Comfort when flying Delta. – See more at: http://boardingarea.com/pointsmilesandmartinis/2014/03/delta-and-alaska-to-devalue-reciprocal-elite-benefits/#sthash.moonGDP3.dpuf
Alaska MVP, MVP Gold, and MVP Gold 75K members will no longer receive priority baggage, priority security, baggage fee waivers, Sky Priority boarding or discounted Economy Comfort when flying Delta. – See more at: http://boardingarea.com/pointsmilesandmartinis/2014/03/delta-and-alaska-to-devalue-reciprocal-elite-benefits/#sthash.moonGDP3.dpuf

These changes come as DL and AS continue to battle for control of Seattle’s airport which Delta is trying to turn into a new hub. Seattle is currently a hub to Alaska Airlines.

The email from Delta is found below.

As a Medallion® member, we want you to be the first to know about important changes to the elite benefits offered when flying with our airline partners.

Starting May 1, 2014, baggage fee waivers and priority security are no longer included in the benefits extended to Medallion members when flying Alaska Airlines.*

However, Diamond, Platinum and Gold Medallion members will continue to enjoy the following benefits on Alaska Airlines flights:

  • Complimentary Upgrades
  • Priority Boarding
  • Preferred Seats
  • Priority Check-In

For more information about other benefits you’ll enjoy when flying our partner airlines, please visit delta.com/partnerbenefits.

 

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