Delta Air Lines Tweaks Upgrade Priority: It’s a Good Thing

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Delta Air Lines took a step forward in respecting loyalty today. (HT: Rapid Travel Chai since I saw this there first.) No, I’m not kidding. This morning, Delta implemented an update to its complimentary Medallion upgrade priority. According to Delta, “Beginning April 30, 2016, Delta will simplify the clearance priority for Medallion Complimentary Upgrades as it continues to build the best elite travel experience for SkyMiles Medallion members.” What happened? Delta is slightly reordering its upgrade priority, and I think it’s a good thing. Key change? Y fares will no longer trump your status. In other words, Silver Medallions on Y fares will no longer upgrade ahead of Diamond Medallions on other fares. While I can’t deny that I have benefited…

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Delta Places Big Order for C Series Jets from Bombardier

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Delta Air Lines will be the U.S. launch customer for Bombardier’s new C series jets with today’s order for 75 CS100 aircraft. According to Delta, “The CS100 features  a state-of-the-art interior with the largest windows in the single-aisle market, full-spectrum ambient lighting, seatback in-flight entertainment, in-flight Wi-Fi, high-capacity overhead bins and among the widest seats of any narrowbody aircraft in a customer-preferred two-by-three Main Cabin and Delta Comfort+ configuration, as well as a two-by-two First Class layout. Bombardier’s all-new, lightweight mainline aircraft will be deployed on short- to medium-haul routes throughout the airline’s network. As part of this transaction, Delta has options for 50 additional C Series aircraft and certain delivery flexibility rights including the ability to substitute the larger…

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TSA Screening After Your Flight?

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DC publication POLITICO is out with an article on a TSA proposal to allow passengers from certain airports to board their flights without screening. Instead, these passengers would be screened when their flight lands. “TSA’s latest effort to make air travel more efficient would have let passengers board flights at some small airports without being screened for threats like guns or explosives.” Thankfully, this proposal has been shelved as the article goes on to note. Apparently, some members of Congress heard about the plan and shot it down before it ever had a chance to take off. My Take on TSA Screening After Your Flight While I don’t like the idea personally, I’ll at least applaud TSA for thinking outside…

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On Loyalty: It’s Time to Let Go of Old Notions

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If you’re a subscriber to Joe Brancatelli’s website, as I have been for a number of years, you know he published an important article last week. His column, “The Brancatelli File,” for April 21, 2016, was entitled “Screw Frequent Flyer Programs.” Joe’s column sits on a subscription website, but let’s just say the gist of it was that he’s done inconveniencing himself for the sake of being loyal to an airline and its “loyalty” program. Loyalty Isn’t The Same Anymore I’ll admit that I’ve shared similar feelings here in the past, and I still feel the same way. Loyalty is a one-way street, be loyal to yourself. Still, while I support the underlying premise, and everything I’ve said in each…

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Silvercar Extends Discount

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I can’t say enough good things about Silvercar, the premium rental car service that only rents Audi A4s. I just received an email from them with a discount offer I thought I would share. “We’re extending our best deal of the year and giving you more time to explore this Spring. Use SPRING20 and get 20% off your next Silvercar rental started by May 15th.  And if you feel like sharing the love, don’t forget about your personal referral code (MJACKSON10). When a friend completes their first rental with Silvercar using your unique code, you BOTH get $25!  See you on the road.” Download Silvercar’s excellent app (available on Google Play or iTunes), and get started on your next rental. In addition…

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Delta Suspends JFK to Istanbul Service

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Delta Air Lines announced today that is is suspending its seasonal JFK to Istanbul service was due to start next month. According to Delta, Due to increased security concerns in Turkey, including a travel warning issued by the State Department, and weaker demand for air travel to this market,  Delta has taken the decision to suspend its New York-JFK-Istanbul service due to start in May 2016.  Customers can go to www.delta.com for more information on re-accommodations. My Take I’m not surprised that demand has been impacted by the situation in the Middle East. That, coupled with the fact that Turkish Airlines has nonstop flights in the market, and will be inaugurating flights between Delta’s big hub in Atlanta and Istanbul on May…

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Annoying Fee Gone, Win a Seat on JetSuiteX, and Tips 4 Your Cruise

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This week flew by….literally. After a biz travel hiatus, things pick back up in late April. It was nice to take a break, but I’m starting to get the itch to bypass the office and head for the airport. For now though, let’s take a look at this week’s posts. Via BoardingArea Win a Seat on the Inaugural JetSuiteX Flight Delta Eliminates the Most Annoying Airline Fee Ever Prince Plays the ATL: Plane Makes Emergency Landing Via InsideFlyer Three Tips for the First Time Cruiser Enjoy your weekend!! -MJ, April 16, 2016

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Prince Plays the #ATL: Plane Makes Emergency Landing

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Last night was a twice in a lifetime experience for me. It was the second time I’ve seen Prince in concert. The first was several years ago at The Verizon Center in Washington, DC. That was an awesome show, but a traditional concert. Prince’s band was tight, but I specifically remember Maceo Parker and Candy Dulfer playing saxophone. I witnessed all that from the nosebleed section. Last night in Atlanta, I experienced a far different kind of concert. Prince brought his Piano & A Microphone tour to Atlanta’s Fox Theatre…… and he put on another awesome show….actually, it was better than awesome. Smaller and more intimate, the show was just what the title implied – Prince, a piano, and a…

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Delta Air Lines Eliminates the Most Annoying Fee Ever

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“That’ll be $798 dollars please. Oh, and an extra $25 dollars for offering you the privilege of doing business with us in person.” That just about sums up the “direct ticketing charge” that American Airlines introduced to mainline U.S. airlines several years ago. No more…at least not at Delta Air Lines. Today, Delta confirmed what Points, Miles and Martinis told us last night, it “will no longer charge a fee for customers who purchase their tickets over the phone through Reservation Sales or in person at airports and other ticket office locations.” Apparently, “select European locations” will still get hit with this fee for unknown reasons, but I’ll take what I can get. Previously, Delta charged $25 to purchase a ticket over…

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Win a Seat on the Inaugural JetSuiteX Flight!!

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Win a seat on the inaugural JetSuiteX flight! JetSuite, the fourth largest private jet operator in the USA, is getting ready to launch a new public charter air carrier called JetSuiteX which will fly daily Monday to Friday. JetSuiteX will offer service in the San Francisco Bay Area to Los Angeles market on April 19, and eventually to Las Vegas. Bay Area service will be from Buchanan Field in Contra Costa County in Concord, just northeast of Oakland and about an hours drive away from SFO. Los Angeles area service will use Burbank’s convenient Bob Hope Airport. The initial San Francisco/Los Angeles area flights will begin with three daily flights in newly configured Embraer 135’s. For those looking to test their luck in Las Vegas, that…

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