Tag: upgrades

Delta To Offer “Pay With Miles” Upgrades

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A few years ago, Delta announced its intention to “sell” 75% of the seats in first class. The airline didn’t actually think that it would get cash for those seats, but it wanted to get something, such as a payment in the form of miles. So here we go. Delta Expands Upgrading with Miles Delta …

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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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Four Ways Not To Get Upgraded (And One Way Succeed)

Every once in a while, I’ll see an article titled something along the lines of “Five Secret Ways to Get An Upgrade.” They are always good for a laugh, since these methods are rarely secret and even more rarely effective. And while there might have been a time when people in suits got upgraded, those …

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Delta “enhances” SkyMiles again and signals more changes

Another day, another email from Delta telling us about changes to the SkyMiles program. And, as usual, there are some ups and downs, but the downs outnumber the ups. These changes take place on June 1, 2016, but it’s good to be aware. There are three that matter, so let’s go through them, shall we? …

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The convergence of full-service carriers and low-cost carriers

Airlines seem to have finally discovered the secret to success: Keep costs low, shove as many people as you can onto planes and try not to grow too fast, except where you’re competing against somebody with higher costs.  Traditionally, consistent profitability has been the realm of the discount carriers, such as Southwest, while highs and …

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