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Top 10 Reasons Why I Dumped Delta

March 4, 2014

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. I was a loyal Delta flyer (and enthusiast) for years. I had top-tier Diamond Medallion status (and used to love it), I was able to use SkyMiles to fly all over the world, I frequented SkyClubs throughout […]

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Taking a Deeper Look at Delta’s New Mileage Earning Structure for 2015 and Beyond

March 3, 2014

Delta made a huge announcement last week that its SkyMiles program would institute a new revenue-based mileage-earning structure aimed at frequent business travelers and those customers who purchase premium fares. As a reminder, here are the new rules. Earning The major changes here – at least the ones Delta has released details on so far […]

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Can You Transfer Delta SkyMiles To Alaska Miles?

March 2, 2014

It was a big week in airline news with Delta’s announcement that they’re going to fundamentally change the way that flyers earn SkyMiles and, potentially, the way that we redeem them. I’ve been receiving a lot of questions about Delta and its alliance with Alaska. TPG Reader Josh asked on Twitter: “@thepointsguy Question – how does […]

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Is Delta Really The Best Airline For Premium and Business Travelers?

February 28, 2014

As part of its sweeping SkyMiles changes announcement, Delta said that part of the reason it is instituting a new revenue-based mileage-earning structure is, “The updated mileage-earning plan, for travel beginning Jan. 1, 2015, will better recognize frequent business travelers and those less frequent leisure customers who purchase premium fares.” I wholeheartedly disagree with the sentiment […]

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Current Airline Elite Status Match and Status Challenge Information

February 27, 2014

In the wake of Delta’s huge SkyMiles program devaluation announcement yesterday, as well as the fact that both United and Delta have instituted spending requirements for elite status, I know a lot of Delta Medallions and United Premiers are reevaluating their airline elite status strategy (myself included), so I wanted to post a quick roundup […]

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Delta Confirms Negative SkyMiles Program Changes Effective January 2015

February 26, 2014

Earlier this morning, Delta sent out a press release announcing changes that will be made to the SkyMiles program starting January 1, 2015, that they claim will make earning and redeeming easier for SkyMiles members, and in my opinion, they’re all going to be bad news for most Delta flyers. Here are my thoughts and […]

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Delta Continues to Chisel Away At SkyMiles Program- Announces Mileage Accrual Based on Spend

February 26, 2014

Delta has been devaluing their SkyMiles program for years by increasing the amount of miles you need for award tickets to outrageous levels on some routes. There have been rumors (that I wrote about in 2012) about them going to a revenue based program and it appears that they are very closed to announcing drastic […]

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The Battle for Seattle: Delta Launches Double Medallion and Base Mile Promotion for Rest of 2014

February 18, 2014

Delta has been aggressively courting Pacific Northwest flyers with their increased presence at Seattle. They’ve got a number of non-stop international routes (Amsterdam, Beijing, Paris, Shanghai and Tokyo) with more on the way (Hong Kong, London, Seoul and Vancouver). Even though they partner with Seattle-based Alaska Airlines it seems to me like that friendly relationship […]

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SkyMiles (Surprisingly) To The Rescue After Travel Plans Go Awry

February 11, 2014

I always say that frequent flyer miles are the best travel insurance policy you can have – and it proved true once again as TPG Managing Editor Eric Rosen experienced this weekend when his trip to Australia very nearly got derailed. Here’s what happened, and here’s how we handled it. Note: This is not a […]

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Choosing The Right Delta American Express Card For You

February 10, 2014

Last week, American Express announced some changes to their Delta co-branded credit cards, including EMV Chip + Signature technology and that they would begin waiving foreign transaction fees starting May 1. However, they also announced an annual fee increase on the Delta Platinum card t0 $195 from the current $150. In addition, over the past […]

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Delta Amex Cards To Waive Foreign Transaction Fees and Have EMV Chips Starting May 1, 2014

February 5, 2014

American Express has an impressive line-up of travel credit cards including the Premier Rewards Gold, Starwood and Delta Gold, Platinum and Reserve cards. The one downside is that many of their cards – most, in fact, except the Platinum and Business Platinum – levy foreign transaction fees. These fees are one of my major bugaboos […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Delta Sky Club Passes

January 30, 2014

News on the airline lounge front has been pretty dismal lately with American/US Airways announcing that they would no longer grant complimentary access to Amex Platinum and Business Platinum cardholders starting March 22, and Delta jacking up its membership fees over $200 as well as restricting Platinum and Delta Reserve access to their lounges to […]

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Delta Targeted Medallion Platinum Offer To Drool Over

January 29, 2014

Competition over New York-based flyers is heating up this week with offers from both Delta and American for flyers who book premium international tickets to reach a higher elite status level plus a few other valuable perks. The Delta offer is hands-down the more generous of the two. Targeted folks who register before March 31, […]

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New Amenities Being Tested at Delta SkyClubs – Healthy Snacks, Premium Drinks and Manicures

January 28, 2014

Earlier this month, Delta announced that it was jacking up membership fees for its SkyClubs, and restricting guest access for certain members (those with the new Individual membership level) and cardholders of the Amex Platinum and Delta Reserve cards. Delta justified it by saying they have invested $50 million in lounge renovations but their members […]

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Flight Review: Delta 767-300 Transcontinental BusinessElite LAX – JFK

January 27, 2014

Last week TPG Director of Ops, Kate O’Brien, flew from Los Angeles to New York on Delta’s 767-300 in BusinessElite. Luckily for Kate, her original flight (in coach) was cancelled and she was rebooked automatically on an earlier flight thanks to her Silver Medallion status – and what’s even more surprising, it was with an […]

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My Rollover Delta Medallion Qualifying Miles Posted for 2014

January 15, 2014

We’re well into January and I’m starting to put serious thought into my airline and hotel elite status strategy. As part of my decision-making process, I logged into my Delta.com account and saw that my rollover MQMs from 2013 have posted. Delta is unique in that it allows its Medallion elites to rollover any miles […]

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Deal Alert: Low Fares To Europe on Delta and United – Houston IAH – Athens ATH As Low As $682 Roundtrip

January 14, 2014

Fare Deal Alert just reported on some decently low fares on a combination of Delta, Air France and/or KLM, and on United/Aegean from Houston IAH to Athens ATH roundtrip via a variety of airports including Athens, Paris and Amsterdam, with some airfares coming in as low as $682 roundtrip. It looks like these fares are […]

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Delta Jacks Up Sky Club Membership Fees – Slashes Guest Policy

January 10, 2014

Delta sure is a fan of devaluations. They’re increasing the amount of miles needed for awards not once but twice this year, but apparently that’s not enough for the airline’s bean counters. The airline sent out an email to its flyers today announcing that it has created a new pricing level of SkyClub membership called […]

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Can I Earn American Miles on an Alaska Codeshare Delta Flight?

January 5, 2014

TPG reader Rox posted on my Facebook wall this week asking me: “If I’m flying on a Delta-operated Alaska Airlines flight, can I earn American AAdvantage qualifying miles?” Wouldn’t that be nice? It would essentially mean that American and Delta flyers could earn American miles on all three airlines – American, Delta and Alaska – […]

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Will Delta’s New Revenue Requirements Affect My Lifetime Status?

January 5, 2014

TPG Reader Marie is concerned that Delta’s new elite status spending requirements will affect her lifetime status with the airline: “I am confused about the elite status changes on Delta. My husband is a Lifetime Gold Medallion and I am Lifetime Silver Medallion. Do we retain this status with the new changes? Since we have […]

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United and Delta Elite Status Revenue Requirements Are Officially Here

January 2, 2014

Now that we’re a day into 2014, it’s already time to start thinking about your elite status strategy and how to achieve your goals. While elite status qualification with hotels and airlines has for the most part remained the same, two of the major US legacy carriers – Delta and United – have both implemented […]

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As A Delta Platinum, Why Don’t I Get Upgraded On All Flights Of Multi-Leg Trips?

December 29, 2013

TPG reader Dennis flies Delta often and counts on getting upgraded for long flights: “I am a Platinum Medallion on Delta and noticed that for certain multi-city itineraries I am upgraded 5-6 days before my scheduled departure for the 2nd leg of my trip. Why am I not upgraded for the 1st leg at the […]

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Delta Will Honor Mistake Fares

December 28, 2013

On Thursday, the frequent flyer community was abuzz with word that Delta’s website was generating extremely low mistake fares that included such gems as $47 for a roundtrip between JFK and LAX, and $98 from the east coast to Hawaii. The glitch was up for about two hours, and there was a veritable feeding frenzy […]

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Saturday Recap: Delta Announces New Routes, US Airways Extends Status Through March 2014, Register For Starwood Bonus Promotion, Earn Bonus Points For Opening An Air India Flying Returns Account And More

December 21, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: Delta Announces Route Expansion Between Seattle and San Jose: Starting on May 20, 2014, Delta will be adding new daily nonstop flights to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport from San Jose International Airport and Juneau International Airport. They will also add a flight from Ted […]

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