6 Responses

  1. Iceman
    Iceman at |

    What’s wrong with excluding silver elites? It’s another way of distinguishing the various elite levels and more reason to aim higher.

  2. Wandering Aramean
    Wandering Aramean at |

    Sure, it definitely distinguishes between the tiers. But telling one set of elites that they aren’t as valuable to you has the potential to alienate them. Giving priority security access to partners over your own elites, for example, seems short-sighted. Continental has managed to offer priority security and baggage handling for all their elites and it doesn’t seem that has made too much of a difference in the level people strive for. But taking care of your own always makes more sense to me before offering benefits to others.

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  6. Jesse Rohr
    Jesse Rohr at |

    To be quite honest, I feel very alienated now as a Silver/Elite member. I was had a higher status before but only flew enough for Silver and now I might as well not have any status at all. I now board with just about everyone else because I fly mostly on the East coast where I’m on regional jets mostly. So really the only perk was getting to board first. Now that it has been taken away, I am seriosly considering a new Airline. I can get a credit card that automatically gets me Silver with the Star Alliance and tell Delta where to stick their “Sky Priority” and that is exactly what I am doing right now. Once approved, Delta will have lost someone who flys 40-50 segments a year and I won’t bat an eye after being treated like this.