Last November Alaska Mileage Plan announced an award chart devaluation, which would kick in for bookings made on or after January 14, 2014. Much to my surprise and delight, all of the award chart changes only applied to travel on Alaska. They left their award charts for partner airlines intact, even for the most lucrative options.
Well, reader Pablo just emailed to point out that it looks like Alaska’s Mileage Plan partner award page for travel to Europe has been updated to reflect a price increase for business class travel on Delta between the US and Europe:
This seems to apply for tickets purchased on or after February 12, 2014. So travel booked now for subsequent dates would still qualify for the old rates.
While there’s no doubt that Alaska’s redemption rates on Delta in business class for travel to Europe were a steal at 90,000 miles roundtrip (well, assuming you could find award space), this seems like an odd change to make, especially since it’s the only thing on the award chart that was changed.
My guess is it’s just a small part of their frienemy relationship right now.
(Tip of the hat to Pablo)