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Delta Airlines Updating Frequent Flyer Program

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By Stephanie Mead

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) Things are changing at Delta Airlines.

As of next year, the company will link miles earned to ticket prices instead of distance.

Spend more money on a ticket and earn more miles, regardless of how far you're traveling.

“Now that will be based on the ticket prices. The more that you spend with the airlines, accordingly you'll be rewarded with more points for your use,” explains airport manager Bill Carberry.

The program will reward elite travelers with added bonus miles depending on their status.

“They'll be more seat availability, more options for folks with our SkyMiles program. Most of our flyers out here are SkyMiles members,” Carberry points out.

The program is an effort to woo business travelers, who spend significantly more per ticket than leisure travelers.

“As a business traveler, a lot of my travel is urgent, immediate, and me and my company have to pay a larger share, so I get the rewards for that. So from a selfish perspective, it makes sense,” says Jeff Wilson from Orange County, California.

While the program seems simple, read the fine print and it gets a little more complicated… as the entire ticket price will not count towards miles earned.

Delta does not take the added tax to the ticket into consideration.

This spring Joslin Field in Twin Falls will receive diverted air traffic from the Friedman Memorial Airport.

Friedman Memorial Airport will be closed for 25 days this spring for construction to meet federal safety standards.


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