Delta Adding Doors to Make Suites in Delta One Business Class

Delta has announced that they are adding sliding doors to certain Delta One Business Class flights in 2017 to make the areas into mini "suites" for flyers.  I have never flown Delta One on an international flight but have had the privilege multiple times hopping on a "re-positioning" international plane domestically.  Service will debut on Delta's A350 and will feature 32 suites.

While, of course, this announcement is big news for Delta, it is less so for a lot of international Middle Eastern and Asian airlines that have had suites for quite some time.  The few things that make this a bit more newsworthy:

  • Delta is doing this for Business Class (but remember, Delta no longer has First Class for international and some transcontinental flights and rebranded their lie-flat seats as Delta One).
  • Delta is a US Carrier.

Here are a few of the additional items from Delta's Press Announcement:

  • A full-height door at every suite
  • Sliding privacy dividers between center suites
  • In-suite, customizable ambient lighting
  • Dedicated stowage compartments for shoes, headphones and laptops
  • Contemporary design featuring premium trim and finishes
  • Memory foam-enhanced comfort cushion
  • An 18-inch, high resolution in-flight entertainment monitor, the largest among U.S. carriers
  • A universal power outlet and high-powered USB port at every seat

American Airlines Transitions to the Dark Side

We knew since November 2015 that American Airlines was going to transition to awarding elite bonus miles on the dollars spent and today's email confirms start date (August 1, 2016) and details (see picture below). 

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Also, American has added a new level for 75,000 miles (Platinum Pro) which makes sense to me.  They always had a huge jump from Platinum to Executive Platinum (50,000 to 100,000 miles) which in my opinion needed to be adjusted. 

Their dollar amounts for qualifications are in line with Delta's Skymiles program.  One thing of note is that there has not been an increase to Executive Platinum from 100,000 miles.  Achieving American's top level will certainly be easier than reaching Delta Diamond.  Delta has 125,000 miles and $15,000 requirement for Diamond and American has 100,000 miles and $12,000 for Executive Platinum.

My take on all this?  Confirms why I will not keep my Delta Platinum and American Platinum next year but will spend most of my time on Alaska Air maintaining my MVP Gold 75K.

What are your thoughts?