Category: Delta

Um, About Those Elite Upgrades…

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For those of you with elite status with an airline, particularly those at the top of the pyramid, you’ve probably gotten used to at least the occasional upgrade to First Class or whatever version of “Economy Plus” your airline has. I have some bad news: The airlines are working hard to make those upgrades go …

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Fly Across The Atlantic In Business For Less

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I’ll start by saying this: International business class is almost never cheap. Please don’t equate “for less” with “cheap.”   One of the best uses of frequent flyer miles is international travel, particularly in premium classes of service. Airlines have made changes to their redemption policies that have made it more expensive, sometimes prohibitively so, …

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Delta Airlines: What We Learned Today

Delta Airlines released earnings today and gave us a little color on what is going on in the industry. It was a quiet quarter, but there are a few tidbits worth noting. Your Ticket Costs Are Going Up… Delta noted that ticket price growth accelerated through the quarter and estimated that the second quarter would …

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Delta: Double Miles With Partners, Potential Extra Credit Card MQMs

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When airlines first launched frequent flyer programs, they only intended for the miles to serve as a device to influence your future flying behavior. I don’t think anyone imagined the extent to which miles would become such an integral part of travel, nor how profitable the venture could be. Over the past few decades, airlines …

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Using Points Or Miles To Bid For Experiences

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Got a few extra hundred thousand points or so that you don’t know what to do with? No problem, travel providers have found a way to help you out. Auctions with Points Or Miles Sure, anyone can save up miles (or money, for that matter) to fly First Class around the world. But how many …

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Delta And Alaska: Earning Miles From Delayed Baggage

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Nobody likes to check their bags when flying. It guarantees waiting at the carousel for an undetermined period of time when all you want to do is get out of the airport. But if you wait long enough and fly the right airline, it could be a profitable venture. Miles Or Money For Delayed Baggage …

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Flight Review: Delta One To Tokyo On The A-350

It’s long been said that American carriers simply can’t compete with their foreign counterparts when it comes to an international premium product (or a domestic premium product. Or a coach product. But those are posts for another day.). And, at the very highest end, they can’t. Their shareholders demand returns on investments, and small palaces …

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Delta American Express: 60,000 Miles, No Fee

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Weather permitting, I’ll be traveling for the next week or so. Posts will be fewer and further between. As credit card companies get more desperate for more high value customers, they’re raising the perks that they are offering. American Express is currently doing so with Delta miles. 60,000 Points, No First Year Fee It’s rare …

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An Airline Versus The Government: Who Do I Root For?

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The airlines and the government have a love-hate relationship, even more so than most companies and the politicians. On the one hand, they rely on the regulators to be somewhat kind to them. On the other hand, they have to deal with endless complaints from the public, usually around the same time a Congressman’s flight …

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Using Proprietary Card “Currency” For The Best Seats

Credit card rewards aren’t just points and miles. Most of the major card issuers can get you cash or travel rewards, but some pay in their own “proprietary” currency, as well. You’ve probably heard of them: American Express has Membership Rewards (MR) points; Citibank has ThankYou points (TYP); Chase has Ultimate Rewards (UR). The rationale …

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