A week or so ago, Delta introduced an on-time baggage guarantee, where if you don’t received your checked baggage within 20 minutes at the carousel, you’ll receive 2,500 SkyMiles. Unlike Alaska’s similar program, you’re only offered the miles, and not the choice of a $25 credit.
I decided to pick apart their terms and conditions on this new “benefit” and figure out why it was so useless, in my opinion.
“20-minute Bag-to-Claim Guarantee bonus-mile offer valid on travel between February 19, 2015 through March 31, 2015.”
So, you have just over one month to use this benefit. If your bags show up late in April, there’s no reward for you. Yes, I know Delta is going through a test phase on this to see whether they’ll be rolling it out full time, but widely publicizing this new guarantee and then only putting it into affect for one month seems a bit misleading to me.
“Requests must be submitted via delta.com/BagsOnTime within three days of flight’s arrival.”
Delta has advised in their terms that the bags will be tracked by their baggage tracking system and that claims will be verified off of that. If their system is so smart into tracking this timing, it seems odd why they wouldn’t award the miles automatically, assuming the SkyMiles number was associated with the person on the baggage tag. Here, Delta wants you to keep track of them, time the bag for yourself, and then, if there’s an issue, follow up on your own. It seems like Delta would know if your bag was late, but in fact doesn’t want to award you the miles unless you realize it, too.
“Time to baggage claim will be as measured by Delta’s baggage tracking system, where available; lost, mishandled, and damaged bags are excluded. Oversize and overweight baggage and special items are not eligible.”
So, if Delta loses my bag, this offer doesn’t apply to me. If they “mishandle” my bag, and it doesn’t show up in the carousel, this bonus doesn’t apply to me (don’t all bags that don’t show up in baggage claim within 20 minutes fall into the “mishandled” category???). Oh, and if Delta damages my bag, well, I’m out of luck there, too. I’m actually better off getting compensation from a bag that shows up late than a bag their handlers damage. Well, that makes sense.
Sorry folks, but I just don’t buy all of Delta’s hype that this benefit is here in support of the customer. I think it’s a carefully worded scam. What do you think?
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