Delta: No more miles earned on Basic Economy fares


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Delta customers will no longer be able to earn miles or elite status on Basic Economy tickets. QualityHD/ has a photo.

Basic Economy tickets will no longer earn Delta Air Lines customers miles or credit toward elite status.
The change applies to purchases of flights departing on or after Jan. 1 and was quietly announced on Delta's SkyMiles Program news page Thursday.
Delta is moving to Basic Economy because it appeals to price-conscious travelers who are not SkyMiles members.
SkyMiles members have the same number of reward points for every $1 spent on Basic Economy tickets as they have for purchases of other Delta products. SkyMiles are awarded between 5 and 11 per dollar spent, depending on an individual's loyalty status.
SkyMiles members can obtain loyalty status by flying a certain number of flight segments or miles. Expenditures on Basic Economy fares are no longer counted.
There are more changes to Delta's Basic Economy.

Delta will allow ticket holders to cancel Basic Economy itineraries and retain a credit for future flights, but with a fee. Delta's normal policy has been to not allow any changes on Basic Economy tickets. In July, the carrier allowed Basic Economy itinerary changes without a fee through the end of the year. The Delta variant caused an alarming jump in U.S. Covid-19 cases.
Delta's new policy will have cancellation fees of $199 for long-haul international travel. The fee for international flights is $100.
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Delta does not offer miles earned on basic economy fares.