Changing the Rules for Frequent Flyers

A 787 jet painted in a Delta livery is seen Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. Federal officials say they are temporarily grounding Boeing's 787 Dreamliners until the risk of possible battery fires is addressed. The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday it will issue an emergency safety order requiring U.S. airlines to temporarily cease operating the 787, Boeing's newest and most technologically advanced plane. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Delta announced it's changing its frequent flier rules by adding a spending requirement.

The bottom rung of its sky miles medallion program will require a flier to spend at least 25-hundred dollars annually on tickets.

The next level requires five-thousand in ticket purchases, followed by 75-hundred dollars.

Top rung benefits will require 12-thousand-500 dollars in ticket spending.

The new requirements mean some fliers may get bumped down to a lower rung or even out of the program.

A Delta spokesman says adding the spending requirement ensures their most valued customers get the best program benefits and a more exclusive experience.

The change starts on January 1st, 2014, for membership status in the 2015 program.

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