In change, Delta basic economy won’t earn SkyMiles or Medallion status

Frequent fliers on Delta Air Lines Inc. won’t be able to rely on the airline’s cheapest seats to boost their SkyMiles points or Medallion status any longer.

The Atlanta-based airline, which is a major operator at Orlando International Airport, said Dec.8 that basic economy tickets bought after Dec. 9 will no longer be able to earn miles in Delta’s SkyMiles loyalty program.

Nor will they contribute to a flier’s Medallion status — the rewards program for the airline’s best customers who enjoy perks…