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Delta Increases Flights from New York City to the Caribbean, Bermuda and Florida

by on May 21, 2012 · 22 comments

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Delta recently acquired a large portion of the US Airways terminal at LaGuardia as part of a slot swap that gave US Airways more slots at Washington National airport. This expansion is part of an overall strategy to gain dominance in the New York City market- they also are in the process of completely renovating JFK, which sorely needs it.

I’ve flown out of the new LaGuardia terminal and it’s only mildly annoying to have to take a 20 second bus between the two terminals (they are building a walkway). The SkyClub in the new terminal is also under construction and should be finished during the next few months.

Today Delta announced (press release) what they will be doing with this newly acquired space and it looks like they are focusing on growing market share on Caribbean and Florida routes.

Caribbean/Bermuda enhancements:

  • New daily year-round service between LaGuardia and Bermuda.
  • New Saturday flights between JFK and St. Maarten.*
  • LaGuardia-Nassau flights will be expanded from seasonal to year-round service.
  • JFK-Montego Bay, Jamaica, flights will grow from Saturday seasonal to daily service.
  • JFK-Aruba service will increase from Saturday seasonal flights to daily year-round service.
  • JFK-Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, flights will expand from Saturday seasonal to daily year-round service.

Timetable for new and improved Caribbean flights

Florida enhancements:

New and expanded service to Florida includes:

  • Two new flights between LaGuardia and Sarasota, Fla.
  • A new flight between JFK and Fort Myers, Fla.
  • A fourth daily flight between LaGuardia and Fort Myers.
  • A fifth daily flight between LaGuardia and Miami.
  • A fifth daily flight between LaGuardia and Tampa.
  • A second daily flight between JFK and Tampa.

These routes start towards the end of 2012 and into 2013, so they may not be loaded in the system yet, however I did a quick check of some routes for January 2013 travel and many are loaded (and have saver award space available). I’ve noticed that when new routes are first loaded, there is an increased amount of Saver level award seats.

This is great for Delta Medallions, because connecting in Atlanta is inconvenient, especially for weekend trips. Additionally, Delta offers complimentary upgrades to all Medallions on Caribbean/ Bermuda routes and they are among the easiest to get since there’s a lower amount of business travelers on those routes. Delta also upgrades Gold Medallions and higher on award tickets at their normal upgrade window. There are no last minute ticketing fees with SkyMiles and they open up a good amount of last minute  saver award space, so redeeming for coach awards at 35,000 miles a piece and instantly getting upgraded to first with minimal fee could be a fun way to burn through SkyMiles (and warm up during cold Northeast winters).  Saver first redemptions start at 60,000 miles (see full award chart here). Taxes/fees vary by each destination, but a sample LaGuardia- Nassau flight yields $79.50 in taxes/fees.

Overall, this is good news for Delta flyers and American Express Membership Rewards members since Delta is an instant 1:1 transfer partner of the program and historically they have run generous transfer bonuses, though it’s been quiet this year on that front.

For US Airways flyers, the increased US Airways flights out of DCA are as follows:

  • New, daily nonstop flights between Washington, DC (DCA) and Jackson, Islip, Omaha, Birmingham, Fayetteville, Memphis, Little Rock, Jacksonville, Pensacola, Tallahassee, Fort Walton Beach and Ottawa, Canada.

    – Extra daily nonstop flights between Washington, DC and Hartford/Springfield.
– Daily flights between Washington, DC and Bangor and Savannah (used to be weekends only!).

  • Starting May 2, 2012 – New daily nonstop flights between Washington, DC (DCA) and Cincinnati and Des Moines.
  • Starting June 8, 2012 – New daily nonstop flights between Washington, DC (DCA) and San Diego.
  • Starting July 11, 2012 – New, daily nonstop flights between Washington, DC (DCA) and Augusta, Minneapolis, Fayetteville, Montreal and Toronto, Canada.

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  • http://twitter.com/jamucsb Jamison

    nice! thx

  • http://twitter.com/stiffem Bob

    Pushing anything Delta is counter productive…I just love how you push this airline, regardless of how they act. I never saw one comment from you on overcharging medallions…really pathetic.

  • thepointsguy

    I criticize Delta when it’s warranted. However, an expansion in flights out of NYC is a good for many Delta flyers who read this blog. Don’t you agree?

    As for the overcharging of Medallions- it seemed like it was an isolated incident. Agree that it’s messed up, but didn’t think it was that newsworthy to write about it.

  • Phalphan

    Thanks points guy. I had a good time watching your debate with Gary at FTU. I guess im in the minority but Delta miles have been really really good to me and my girlfriend and Delta has graciously flown us to Euope 3 times times for less than 400 bucks over the last year. I appreciate these posts and am looking forward to hopping on a these routes a couple of times during the winter!

  • tassojunior

    What are the US increases at DCA?

  • thepointsguy

    Great question.. Just added them to the end of the post
    http://www.usairways.com/en-US/travelplanning/planning/destinations/new-service.html
    New, daily nonstop flights between Washington, DC (DCA) and Jackson, Islip, Omaha, Birmingham, Fayetteville, Memphis, Little Rock, Jacksonville, Pensacola, Tallahassee, Fort Walton Beach and Ottawa, Canada.

    – Extra daily nonstop flights between Washington, DC and Hartford/Springfield.
    – Daily flights between Washington, DC and Bangor and Savannah (used to be weekends only!).

    Starting May 2, 2012 – New daily nonstop flights between Washington, DC (DCA) and Cincinnati and Des Moines.
    Starting June 8, 2012 – New daily nonstop flights between Washington, DC (DCA) and San Diego.
    Starting July 11, 2012 – New, daily nonstop flights between Washington, DC (DCA) and Augusta, Minneapolis, Fayetteville, Montreal and Toronto, Canada.

  • Sean

    I could do a winter JFK-SXM trip, we’ll see. I’m definitely stoked about SAN-DCA because National is one of my favorite airports. Now we in America’s Finest City have nonstops to IAD, BWI, and DCA.

  • Atlanta Nsa19

    And fucking Delta can’t get a decently priced flight out of ATL-POP. (I wanna pop!) But it is equally atrocious to every other destination on the island!!!

    Delta, my Delta? Fuck ‘em! I supported their campaign, as my home town airline. They never supported me.

    P.S.: GOLD on Delta thru CC transactions. I avoid them like the plague!

  • Denverdelta

    I do agree your posts have gone away from being a voice and supporter of the traveler to more like advertisements. While I think this article was good, I do wish you would comment more on all of the negative things happening with delta right now… Especially since we know you get the majority of your info off flyertalk.

    Once the airlines go to a fixed value system and credit card bonuses get taxed or get less lucrative, how will you get back your customer base who have looked to other bloggers for more balanced content?

  • AlexOlsen

    TPG, I realized something- do you only write about things that you can tie into a credit card promo anymore? This sentence alone ruined your article for me, as I realized it’s just another ad for referrals:

    ‘Overall, this is good news for Delta flyers and American Express Membership Rewards members since Delta is an instant 1:1 transfer partner of the program and historically they have run generous transfer bonuses, though it’s been quiet this year on that front.’

  • thepointsguy

    There have been no developments in the fixed value system rumor and I already covered it in a strongly worded post here, where I clearly said I’d ditch Delta if they devalued the program. http://thepointsguy.com/2012/03/rumor-delta-considering-drastic-skymiles-changes/

  • thepointsguy

    I’m sorry you see it that way, but I included that line so people who aren’t Delta flyers realize that they can still take advantage of these flights if they have Amex points since they 1:1 transfer.

  • AlexOlsen

    Agreed, that line alone is fine. But then when your article is immediately followed by the Delta Amex ad, it ruins the credibility of the article.

    Other bloggers choose to not insert ads in their articles. I wish you would do the same!

  • Traveler88

    Wow, some folks are giving Brian a really tough time here but please allow me to share some perspective: a lot of us are Delta flyers despite the challenges that come with booking their miles. In fact, I read Tpg because of its Delta slant, clicked on this article with interest AND learned something actionable. While this may not be of interest to some -or seem like cc peddling- some of us get good insight from this and don’t see a cc pitch.

  • http://twitter.com/stiffem Bob

    What about writing about Delta’s last place finish in the latest rewards survey, don’t you think 27% is pathetic, it just appears you gloss over Delta’s glaring weak points. Why is it fair to give this airline the benefit of the doubt, do you really think they deserve that

  • Brian Kocis

    Is that Fayetteville NC or Fayetteville AR that US will be flying to?

  • PlymouthMN

    Bob, the answer is clear. Tpg is now more on the airlines’ side than his readers. After all, they provide him his credit card referral ops.

  • Denver CX

    DenverDelta? Really? Brian provides more to me than I pay for his service, which is, wait, let me check, yes ZERO! Not every posts has value to me, and this is one. I won’t fly Delta to save $20 at the cost of 3 hours via SLC or ATL, but for those convenient to Delta hubs, good for them. While you’re pissing about Brian’s business model I”ll be staying free at a Fairmont.

  • PTB2626

    I am traveling to Ireland this summer for vacation. I booked my flights on Delta using points; through a strategy that you showed on your website. I got many bonus points from transfers by converting Amex points to Skymiles. So, I am taking the family for 225,000 miles TOTAL! Thank you so much for all of your help. You have created many great memories for my family’s travels! Keep up the great work!!!!I have a six hour layover in JFK. I haven’t been to a Sky Club before; is the $50 charge worth it for my layover. There are two others traveling with me. So it would cost $150.

  • Gustavo

    Since you have not commenced your trip yet, I would caution against thanking yet. Your plane could crash and what great memories it will bring, ain’t it right?

  • shankar Prasad
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