Kudos of the Day: Delta Technology

December 10, 2010

I read the Cranky Flier post “Is Delta the Airline Passenger Technology Leader?” yesterday and it got me thinking that Delta does have some pretty good technology in comparison to the other US legacy airlines. Delta certainly has its share of IT blind spots (online award booking calendar and a buggy website), but from a passenger […]

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My Mileage Run Decision

December 9, 2010

It’s that time of the year- elite status obsessed flyers begin to panic about qualifying for 2011 elite status. Since the elite qualifying year is January 1- December 31, some flyers pack in some serious flying in December to hit the next elite status level (usually at the 25,000, 50,000, 75,000, 100,000 and 125,000 mile […]

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Delta Announces GOL Partnership and Triple Miles Promotion

December 6, 2010

This is a great enhancement and one I wish I knew about a couple weeks ago before I bought expensive intra-Brazil flights. Per this press release, Delta is now partners with GOL, which is basically the Southwest Airlines of South America. They operate a fleet of 737s and operate coach-only flights.  They move over 40% of domestic […]

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10 Delta Medallion Upgrade Tips

December 5, 2010

I’ve been a Delta Medallion for several years now – starting with Silver, achieving Platinum last year and after next weekend’s mileage run to Dublin, Ireland, I’ll be Diamond for the first time. Throughout my years, I’ve picked up some tips that have kept my upgrade percentage high. With all of the Delta MQM promos, […]

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Delta 50% Bonus on Purchased Miles

December 4, 2010

This may be targeted, but Delta just sent me an email with a 50% promotion when you buy miles from December 1- December 30, 2010, with a maximum purchase of 60,000 miles. Link. I can’t guarantee it’ll work for you, but if you need to top up an award, it may be worth it to […]

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Up to 15,000 Delta Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) for Charitable Donations

December 1, 2010

Another blockbuster Delta promotion where you can rack up a bunch of MQMs, which count towards elite status, and donate to some great charities while doing so. You can also write off these donations, because the actual value of the MQMs is zero. Delta MQMs roll over, so even if you’ve already achieved elite status, […]

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$250 Macys Gift Card or 20,000 Point Rebate For American Express to Delta Transfers

November 30, 2010

The newest “WOW” American Express/Delta promotion is a choice of a $250 Macys gift card or 20,000 Amex Membership Rewards rebate when transferring 50,000 Membership Rewards points to Delta.  Registration link- be prepared to choose which gift you want when you register. In the latter scenario, you are basically getting 50,000 Delta Skymiles for 30,000 Membership Rewards points, […]

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Traveling Without Elite Status (Rude Awakening)

November 28, 2010

Sorry if I’ve been remiss on blog posts this weekend, but I’ve been enjoying a sunny weekend in Miami, courtesy of Starwood Hotels (I won 2 free weekend nights this summer through a Twitter promotion they ran). I’ll have a full report about that, including South Beach recommendations, but in the meantime I’m currently sitting […]

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Airline Elite Status Match 101

November 15, 2010

As an elite qualifying year comes to an end (December 31, 2010), it’s a great time to decide whether to go for elite status if you haven’t already achieved the level that you desire. I’m currently 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles short of Delta’s top tier (Diamond Medallion, 125,000 MQMs), so I planned a weekend trip […]

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New Delta Routes: Boston and Miami to London

November 10, 2010

More routes= more choices when it comes time to redeem those hard earned miles. Starting March 27, 2011, Delta will operate daily flights from Boston and Miami to London (Heathrow) operated by 767 aircraft with full-lie flat seating in business class. Skyteam already has BOS-CDG and MIA-FCO, so these will compliment the European route network […]

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Free WiFi on Delta, Virgin America and AirTran Courtesy of Google

November 8, 2010

Google is giving us frequent flyers an early holiday gift: free wifi on Delta, Virgin America and AirTran from Nov 20- Jan 2. The catch? You have to try out the Google Chrome browser briefly, which they are hoping will increase their market share. Not a totally shameless gift, but I’ll certainly try out a […]

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Delta to Add Premium Economy to International Flights

November 3, 2010

It leaked today that Delta plans to add a Premium Economy (extra legroom and possibly amenities) to their international fleet. This is potentially good news, considering Delta currently only offers two cabins: coach and BusinessElite. Of all the major carriers, Delta makes it the most expensive to upgrade to BusinessElite, so this may be a […]

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Amazing American Express Membership Rewards Promotion: 50% Delta Bonus and 25,000 MQMs

November 1, 2010

Wow. That’s all I can say. American Express normally runs 10-40% transfer bonuses to Delta, but I’ve never seen anything like this. Before you transfer any points, double-check with Delta and American Express that you are eligible for this offer. “Once you register, you’ll earn a 50% mileage bonus on all the Membership Rewards® points […]

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My Positive Experience With Delta Medallion Award Ticket Upgrades

November 1, 2010

In August, Delta officially announced that award and Pay-with-miles tickets would be eligible for Medallion upgrades. And instead of upgrading all award tickets after paid tickets like most people expected, they made the decision to upgrade award tickets at the Medallion window- which means as a Platinum, I’d get upgraded after all paid Platinums, but […]

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10 Tips on Using Delta SkyMiles

October 28, 2010

As a Delta Platinum and SkyMiles connoisseur, I thought I’d give some advice on how to best use your “hard earned” SkyMiles. 1) Don’t let the Delta award calendar do the thinking for you. The online search engine is broken – period. Even if it shows “low” awards they often price at crazy levels. The […]

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United to Introduce One Way Star Alliance Awards

October 26, 2010

While not officially announced, a source at United has told me that they will indeed be allowing one-way awards on Star Alliance partners beginning October 29th.  This move matches AA, who currently allows one-way awards on all partner airlines. Currently, you can only use United miles to book one-way awards on United flights, so for many […]

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Delta to Give SkyTeam Elite Plus to Gold Medallions Plus More Planned Enhancements

October 25, 2010

Delta recently hosted a bunch of frequent flyers to their Atlanta headquarters for a weekend of fun. Unfortunately I was unable to attend due to a family wedding, but I heard Delta really pulled out all the stops- including speeches by the CEO and VP of SkyMiles. They also gave away 1 million SkyMiles to […]

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US Airways, Delta and American Airlines Post Strong Third Quarter Results

October 21, 2010

US Airways, Delta and American handily beat industry expectations on Wednesday by posting strong profits. US posted a $240 million profit compared with a loss of $80 million a year ago. Delta earned $363 million campared to a year-earlier loss of $161 million. American earned $143 million compared with a year-earlier loss of $359 million. Looks like […]

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Delta System-Wide Upgrades Now Available for Use on Air France

October 16, 2010

As a Delta frequent flyer, you can choose an array of benefits when hitting the 75,000 and 125,000 Medallion Qualifying Mile marks. System-Wide Upgrades (SWUs) are an option, but they have always been a sore point with Delta elites because they require booking into expensive fare classes (Y,B,M) when flying internationally. Many times, these fares are more […]

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5 Things I Love About Domestic First Class

October 8, 2010

I’ve been traveling domestically a lot lately, and thanks to being a Delta Platinum, I’ve been upgraded to first class on every flight. However, due to scheduling demands, I recently flew JetBlue to Austin, and those four hours in coach as a non-elite status passenger really made me reflect on what I love about first […]

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Double Delta Miles to South America

September 16, 2010

From now until Nov 30,2010 earn double redeemable (not elite qualifying) miles for flights to : Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Buenos Aires, Argentina Brasilia, Brazil Santiago, Chile Sao Paulo, Brazil Registration link. While I’d be more excited if these were Medallion Qualifying Miles, I’ll take this over nothing. If you can fly from PIT/BNA/STL/RDU, it […]

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Delta Double Miles to Honolulu

September 14, 2010

Register here for double miles when you fly to Honolulu from Sept 14- Nov 1- with no limit or fare class restriction. This would be a great promo to stack with their double EQMs and bonus miles promo for flights from PIT/STL/RDU/BNA. I’d be more excited about this promo if it were eligible until the […]

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Hilton Fall Bonus: Delta Medallion Qualifying Miles on Two Night Stays

September 4, 2010

From Sept 1- Dec 31, Hilton guests who want to earn Delta elite status, have a pretty good deal. You can choose 2 options: 1) Delta Mileage (Variable Miles Members): Earn 1 bonus mile + 1 Medallion Qualification Mile (MQM) for every U. S. dollar spent on a qualifying stay, up to a maximum of […]

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