This should not come as much of a surprise given the rather less than elegant update to the Delta.com website a couple weeks ago, but Delta has now confirmed that stopovers on awards are going away in 2015 as part of the new one way pricing for such trips. And, while awards with stopovers are bookable for the next six weeks, the rules surrounding those have been clarified and tightened as well.
A stopover is allowed, provided there are no more than two connections between the origin and destination including any connections that are made while traveling to/from the stopover point. The stopover city must be located on a valid routing.
This is ridiculously limiting, especially if you do not live in a gateway city. Almost bad enough for me to say the stopover may as well be dead anyways. Say you live in
Orlando any city in the US without nonstop service to London and want to take a stopover in London en route to Frankfurt. That’s actually an impossible routing now as it would require more than two connections along the way. And that’s far from being an obscure or circuitous trip.
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