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Delta Air Lines is Ending SkyMiles and Replacing it with Cryptocurrency

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posted on Apr, 1 2018 @ 08:13 AM
Delta Air Lines is Ending SkyMiles and Replacing it with Cryptocurrency

Delta Air Lines will be the first major global carrier to adopt digital currency in lieu of its existing loyalty program, effective January 1, 2019. It will transition from having its members accrue SkyMiles, which are currently awarded based on dollars spent on the ticket fare, to earning Ethereum, which is one of the many types of cryptocurrencies currently in the market.

Eth! Woot. I have some of that!

The light bulb came on for Delta when Air France announced it was launching a new airline called JOON, which targets millennials. Air France has designed the JOON concept to function less like an airline, and more like a digital laboratory. Hauenstein said that Delta was, “breath-taken” by the idea of JOON and felt the urge to, “go digital or go home.”

“Like it or not, millennials are the future of our global customer base,” said Hauenstein. “We have to be predictable, nimble, and digital every step of the way, and tailor our products and services to every single thing that value, buy, tweet, troll, or can’t even.”

Can't even.

“We hope we can leverage our relationship with China Eastern to help the Chinese stop using Ethereum to collect virtual cats and instead start using it for legitimate purposes,” he said. “We’ve tossed around the idea of switching our stock ticker from “DAL” to “WEI,” as a bargaining chip.

Awwwww. Delta is anti digital cat.

Redemption of SkyMirage Ethers, however, will be subjected to the normal, unregulated, and highly speculative crypto coin processes, in which Delta is uninvolved.

Good business plan.

Delta feels indebted to American Express for all the years in which it supported the carrier during its trip to Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2005, but as part of the initiative to become “#DigitalAF,” it has to think more along the lines of a social media platform and less like a traditional airline.


Delta has chosen Ethereum over Bitcoin as its preferred method of cryptocurrency due to Ethereum’s speed, with transactions taking place in seconds rather than minutes, even if its value is smaller than Bitcoin.

“We’ll leave that to Southwest,” said Bastian.

Happy April Fools!

This is the best April Fool's i've seen so far today.

Anyone got any to share?

posted on Apr, 1 2018 @ 08:24 AM
a reply to: abago71

Along with this policy, delta is committed to giving passengers concussions, making sure pets either die or arrive in a foreign country, and ensuring your flight will be as uncomfortable as possible!

posted on Apr, 1 2018 @ 08:27 AM
This wont last long.

Eth gets expensive like it was.

That reward gets smaller.

posted on Apr, 1 2018 @ 08:30 AM
To make this even more funny Bitcoin has slipped from a high of $19283 on 12/16/2017 down to a low of $6578 today.

edit on 1-4-2018 by CharlesT because: (no reason given)

posted on Apr, 1 2018 @ 08:40 AM
a reply to: CharlesT

It's not funny.

It's effing outstanding.

Economic warfare was declared on Bitcoin by state actors,corporate actors, and it's still standing.

posted on Apr, 1 2018 @ 11:54 AM
a reply to: abago71

Does the digi coin earned only apply to fares?

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