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Following Delta’s major entry into the Seattle market last year with not only new transcontinental routes but also a slew of transpacific flights that are remaking the airport into a de facto Delta hub, the airline has been going back and forth with the other major carrier operating out of there, Alaska, with a series of promotions and new domestic routes as the airlines battle it out for supremacy of the skies – and the most recent major salvo was fired today.
To highlight its new routes and frequencies out of Seattle, Delta is offering double miles and double Medallion Qualifying Miles for flights booked by December 31, 2013, and travel by October 31, 2014 on select routes between Seattle (SEA) and Anchorage (ANC) with 2 daily nonstops, Los Angeles (LAX) with 7 daily nonstops, Las Vegas (LAS) with 5 daily nonstops, Portland (PDX) with 4 daily nonstops, San Diego (SAN) with 4 daily nonstops, or San Francisco (SFO) with 6 daily nonstops. Just be sure to register prior to booking since only tickets purchased after registration for new travel will count.
Delta was actually already offering double miles on all Delta-marketed and Delta or Delta Connection-operated flights from Seattle to San Francisco, Las Vegas and Los Angeles now through October 31, 2014 – but this is an expansion on that, and now MQM’s are on the table, so if you’re a Seattle-based flyer and travel up and down the West Coast a lot, this could be a good way to rack up elite status much faster than usual.
It’s also a response to Alaska’s current promo out of Seattle where you can earn double elite-qualifying miles on flights between Seattle and the cities of Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), Oakland (OAK), San Francisco (SFO), San Jose (SJC) and Santa Rosa (STS). (To earn the bonus, register your Mileage Plan number prior to your first qualifying flight, and travel between October 22, 2013 and May 31, 2014.)
So what started as a partnership between the two airlines to open up new traffic and routes out of Seattle has turned into a downright domestic battlefield – and flyers are the ones who can benefit, so be sure to sign up before buying and flying, and hopefully we’ll see some fare wares on these routes as well.
Check out this post for a Roundup Of Current Airline Bonus Promotions.