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New Delta Sky Club Now Open at SFO

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Delta Air Lines has opened its newest Sky Club at the San Francisco International Airport. Unlike the old club, the new Sky Club is located beyond security, and has been doubled in size. The new space occupies 9,900 sq. ft. and is Delta’s signature club offering all of the latest Sky Club amenities including: A full menu designed by signature Chef Mai Pham (Author, Culinary Instructor, Chef and Founder of SFO’s finest Thai restaurant – LemmonGrass) Food options including healthy selections like Greek yogurt, fresh bagels, hot soup and tasty salads THE BAR at Delta Sky Club® (a selection of premium spirits, new local complimentary local IPA craft beer from Anchor Steam Brewing Co., seasonal cocktails, including inspired cocktails by signature chef, Mai Pham)…

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Delta in Partnership with Nine Universities

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Delta Air Lines is launching a partnership with nine universities across the country this fall. According to the airline, the effort will “go beyond traditional stadium signage to embed the airline and its employees in campus and alumni events, academics and career recruiting and counseling, all in an effort to become a lifelong travel partner to future customers.” Delta is partnering with Duke University, The University of Florida, Indiana University, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Notre Dame, The Ohio State University, Penn State University and University of Wisconsin. It already has partnerships with Boston College, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Georgia, University of Minnesota, University of North Carolina, and Syracuse University. According to Delta, the effort will include: Delta employees providing hands-on help as 10,000 new freshmen arrive for Michigan State Sparty Move-In Day Aug.…

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Does a Traveler In Atlanta Ever Really Want to Swear Off Delta?

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I am frequently called a Delta apologist by nice people. Others call me worse. Of course, the majority of flights I have flown this year have been on airlines not named Delta, but I digress. I am not mad at Delta, its frequent flier program, or anything else. I made a decision to fly some other airlines in the past year for purely selfish reasons – I saved money at times, saved myself a bit of time every now and then, and it made for some material to share on the blog that hopefully served as useful information to other travelers. However, here I am 8 months into the year facing a question – does someone who flies frequently for business and…

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Delta’s New Twist on Corporate Sales Agreements

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The dark art of corporate sales agreements between companies and the airlines they buy air travel from is taking on a new twist at Delta Air Lines. Delta has begun to taut its operational reliability as a key figure in corporate sales. Further, the airline is putting its money where its mouth is. According to Business Travel News, “Delta has introduced the Operational Performance Commitment, which is available to all customers with corporate sales agreements, Delta vice president of global sales Bob Somers said. The agreement, a separate document from corporate sales agreements, offers compensation to accounts if Delta’s controllable on-time and cancellation performance, on an annual basis, as measured by the U.S. Department of Transportation, falls below both United…

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Delta’s Stylin’ New A319 Interior Takes Flight

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Delta’s first refurbished A319 aircraft will re-join the airline’s fleet this week following an “extreme makeover.” As part of a previously announced refurbishment project, the A319s are receiving: Panasonic in-flight entertainment at every seat USB and 110v power outlets Large pivoting overhead bins New galleys and new pod-like overhead passenger service units The refurbished A319s are configured with 12 first class, 18 Comfort Plus, and 102 main cabin seats. At a total of 132 seats, this is up 6 seats from the old configuration. The new seats are of the “slim line” variety, enabling Delta to add another row in the main cabin. I’ll withhold judgment until I actually sit in one of those seats. I do love the addition of…

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A Word on the Latest Delta SkyMiles News

SkyMiles announced the next phase of its journey towards a fully revenue-based loyalty program earlier today. I covered that news here. In summary, the following things are changing, and they aren’t all bad. Better transcontinental upgrades for Diamond and Platinum members – Effective July 21, 2015 you can use Regional Upgrade Certificates (RUCs) in addition to Global Upgrade Certificates for Delta One seats on eligible transcontinental flights between JFK and Los Angeles or San Francisco. (Note: Not so sure this is good news for Diamonds who were eligible for “phantom” upgrades day of departure.) One-way and lower-priced awards – One-way at just 7,500 miles (plus taxes and fees) now through February 2016. To see the best availability and deals, search at least 21 days prior…

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DEAL ALERT: Atlanta to Chicago Fares – Chicago Seminars

This was too good not to share. I’ve posted about some phenomenal fares in the Atlanta market lately like $207 roundtrip to LAX on American. I was just shopping for transportation to the upcoming Chicago Seminars, where I will once again be presenting on my favorite topic – cruising. I expected decent fares, but this was eye-popping from American. Yes, that’s $49 one-way!!! Those are for the first two flights of the day on Friday, October 16. The rest of the day is a little pricer, but not bad, averaging $89 one-way. Delta has several flights for $78.10 one-way. I haven’t purchased yet, but if you’re in the market for transportation from Atlanta to Chicago, check this out. There are…

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SkipLagged and SkyMiles – Just Like Money

Rene penned a piece this morning on using Skiplagged to maximize the value of your SkyMiles. In fairness, he was quite clear that this is NOT the thing to do if you intend to remain a member of the program. In fact, the title of the post was “Can SkipLagged & hidden city ticketing help with Delta awards? YES (but don’t do it)!” (emphasis mine) Having worked for another airline, I can’t count the number of messages I received from corporate security telling me to greet customer X on flight XXX to let them know that they’d been caught using “back to back” or “hidden city” ticketing. And by the way, the one-way walk up fare you’ll need to buy…

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Jets Are Carrots Too

I like carrots. They’re good for your vision and they taste good too. But when a 737-900 becomes a carrot? Yes, they probably taste good as well…..if you’re a Delta Air Lines pilot. Last night, after I had digitally detoxed for the evening, Delta announced a conditional order for 40 Boeing 737-900ERs and 20 Embraer E190 jets. Simple enough for an airline, but this order is conditional on Delta’s pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), approving a recently negotiated tentative agreement with the company. According to Delta, the airline “will enter into an aircraft acquisition deal with The Boeing Co. for 20 Embraer E190 aircraft and 40 additional new 737-900ERs upon ratification of a tentative agreement covering…

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Delta Completes Major LAX Upgrades

Delta flyers to/from Los Angeles can rejoice, Delta has completed some major upgrades at its LAX terminal. “We’re fast on our way to becoming the airline of choice in Los Angeles by understanding what moves L.A. – its most prominent industries, its most desired destinations, and its discerning customers’ required amenities for travel,” said Delta President Ed Bastian. “Our investments in T5 now offer Angelenos a more premium airport experience, from check-in to take-off.” A key part of the upgrade is the addition of a private Delta ONE check in area. According to Delta, “Delta ONE at LAX provides the most innovative premium check-in experience at LAX of any carrier and is consistent with Delta’s other premium offerings on-board and at the…

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