Back on Delta – Just to Lose My Comfort+ Seat

I’m airborne as I type having just boarded my Delta flight. When I arrived at the gate, the agent was soliciting volunteers. I haven’t had the opportunity to volunteer in years, and I had plenty of time, so I figured, what the heck? The offer was $300 Delta Dollars in exchange for my seat and transportation to my destination a mere 2 hours later. I went for it. Boarding begins, and things are progressing. Very late in the boarding process the agent asks on the PA “Is MJ still in the boarding area?” I wave at him, and he says we’re probably gonna use your seat, just have a seat and we’ll call you up.” Of course, by this time,…

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Will AA Blow Its AAdvantage?

Gary’s post,  “American’s President Can’t Wait to Make Changes to the AAdvantage Program and to Copy Some Competitors,” set my mental wheels in motion. Let’s look at a key quote from the investor presentation. “…doing things like making changes to the frequent flyer program (emphasis mine) just aren’t feasible….” until they get the systems integration done. Later in the Q&A he reiterated the benefits of getting through systems integration as Gary quoted in his article. “…we would have loved to make some modifications to the frequent flyer program…” It might be informative to listen to the presentation yourself, and then think about it. I did not come away thinking that we were looking at an immediate cc of Delta’s program the minute…

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My AAdvantage in Atlanta Experiment – The Conclusion

I just completed my 10th segment on American Airlines in 4 weeks. Two of those segments were a reward redemption, ATL-LAX-ATL in first class, and the rest were random domestic flights to DFW, LAX, MIA and RDU to/from MIA. The Details My experiment with American was not some effort to leave Delta, it was a mix of circumstances that found me booking American for several segments in a short period of time, that is all. My travels were a mix of personal and business travel, and I requested upgrades on 7 of the 8 paid segments I took and processed a mileage upgrade for 1 segment. For the segment upgraded with miles, I stood by for an earlier flight putting my…

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A View I Did Not Love

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Surely, this would have been a good candidate for one of former BA blogger and hotel expert Barb Delollis’ “Worst View Ever” posts. I could not help but tweet that. To their credit, Marriott reached out, and I thanked them for the follow up, but given I was only sleeping there, I didn’t need any assistance….I just thought it was funny. For the record, that’s not sand, it’s just the color of the roof. Though the palm trees add a desert-like feel, I think. Perhaps that was the intent because the room never quite cooled down either. Along with the view I’ve never quite had before, I got something else I’d never had from a hotel upon checking in, admittedly…

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Silvercar – A Rental Experience That Does Not Suck

One of my least favorite things about traveling is renting a car. Thankfully, I have some elite status with top rental car companies thanks to my Amex Platinum Card to ease the pain. I’ve been focusing on National lately, and have had nothing but positive experiences with them. However, when I began shopping for cars for this weekend’s trip to LAX it occurred to me that this would be my first opportunity to give Silvercar a try….and I’m so glad I did. (Logo image courtesy of Silvercar) I reserved the car through Silvercar’s iPhone app after setting up my account using a promo code provided at the recent Frequent Traveler University event in DFW. I found the reservation process to…

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The Weekly Recap – May 16, 2015

Greetings from mostly sunny southern California. After a great flight on one of American’s new ATL-LAX nonstops, I’m waiting for my connecting flight aboard a beautiful Pan American 747-100. Look for that first class trip report next week. While I wait, let’s take a look at this week’s posts at MJ on Travel. Has American Rediscovered the PDB in Domestic First Class? American Takes a Wise Approach to Reservations Cutover Alaska Noses Out Delta for J.D. Power Award Need a New Bag? 10 AA Miles Per Dollar from eBags Check In with Your Marriott App – You Could Win 1 Million Points Free Flights for Stranded Amtrak Passengers from Delta Air Lines Interesting Comments from Delta SkyMiles Enjoy your weekend,…

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Interesting Comments from Delta SkyMiles

Much was said yesterday about the latest IdeaWorks study on airline award availability got its fair share of coverage. View From the Wing and The Gate both had interesting takes that I concur with. Media was also out with stories on the topic, including my hometown paper, The Atlanta Journal – Constitution. AJC’s Kelly Yamanouchi penned a piece, “Study: Delta still stingy with mileage award flights” that is worth a look. There are two key quotes in the article from SkyMiles Managing Director of Global Programs Karen Zachary that deserve unique attention. “We’ve worked really hard in trying to keep our commitment to opening up more seats on the lowest level,” said Karen Zachary, Delta’s SkyMiles managing director of global…

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Free Flights for Stranded Amtrak Passengers from Delta

Delta Air Lines is offering complimentary transportation aboard select northeast flights for Amtrak customers who had their tickets cancelled due to the rail shutdown in the northeast corridor. Here are the details provided by Delta. Delta is honoring existing tickets for previously scheduled Amtrak service in the Northeast Corridor and adding seats to its Shuttle service for travel between New York LaGuardia (LGA) and Boston Logan (BOS) or Washington Reagan National (DCA) airports through Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Effective immediately and in place through Tuesday, May 19, Delta will: Honor existing Amtrak tickets for travel between Washington, D.C., Boston and New York; Waive change fees for travel on Shuttle flights booked between DCA, BOS and LGA; and Increase seat capacity on…

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Check In With Your Marriott App – You Could Win 1 Million Marriott Rewards Points

I’m traveling this weekend, and staying at a Marriott hotel this weekend. I was just greeted with this email. I almost always check in and out using the Marriott iPhone app, so this was an easy opportunity for me. All that’s required to enter is using your smartphone app to check in. It’s easy, and I’ve found most hotels have gotten much better about having dedicated key pick up desks for those who use the app to check in than they were when I first tried it. The grand prize is 1 million Marriott Rewards points, but there are monthly 100,000 point prizes as well. Are the odds good? I don’t know, but you might as well take the opportunity…

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Need a New Bag? 10 AA Miles Per Dollar from eBags

If you’re in the market for a new bag like I am, you might take a look at eBags via the AAdvantage eShopping portal. I noticed this morning that eBags is offer 10 AA miles per dollar spent. Further, they’re offing 15% of your purchase through May 20. Not an amazing amount of miles, but if you’re looking to buy a bag soon, you might as well take the extra miles. Click here for more details.

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