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Amidst a snowstorm of negative changes to the Delta SkyMiles program in 2015, one good flurry has appeared from out of the clear blue sky.

Historically, only first and business class tickets booked with Delta Pay With Miles—a payment option that allows Delta SkyMiles Amex cardholders (e.g., the Gold and Reserve versions) to redeem SkyMiles for all or part of the price of Delta tickets at the rate of 1 cent per mile—have been eligible for mileage accrual.

Starting on January 1, 2015, though, all classes of Pay With Miles tickets booked on that day or later will be eligible for Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) and Medallion Qualifying Segments (MQSs), and any portion of the base fare and surcharges paid for in cash will earn miles and Medallion Qualifying Dollars (MQDs).

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Delta’s Pay With Miles option will see a welcome change in 2015: mileage accrual in all ticket classes.

In case you’re thinking what I’m thinking, yes—this does seem complicated. And though this change to the Pay With Miles program gives you a bit more value than the previous redemption rate of 1 cent per mile, you’re still likely to get an even better value when redeeming one-way business class awards on Delta partner airlines like Alitalia, KLM and Virgin Atlantic.

Still, after a truly miserable year’s worth of SkyMiles devaluations, I feel no need to disparage this last-minute present from the airline. Happy New Year, Delta Amex cardholders, and enjoy your new mileage accrual!

Hat Tip: Delta Points

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