Delta has quietly, without notice, increased the number of SkyMiles (also known as SkyPesos) required for Business Class travel between the United States and Israel / Middle East by 15,000 each way. The change is effective immediately, for travel November 1 or later.
The affected destinations are: Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Yemen.
Surprisingly, the number of SkyMiles needed for Coach travel has actually decreased by 5000.
Delta has a history of devaluations and is believed by many to be one of the most hostile toward its frequent flyers.