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I Did It! I Booked a Delta One-way Award

I know the jury is out on revenue-based mileage programs, but the advent of SkyMiles 2015 has brought us the ability to book a one-way award. While I can’t understand why it took so long, it is what it is…..the SkyMiles one-way award is here. Shortly after midnight I nabbed award seats in Business Elite (soon to be Delta One) at 62,500 miles from Atlanta to Madrid for this fall. I only need to fly one-way as I’ll be sailing back. For me, the site worked perfectly, and I found the seats, no muss, no fuss. While I’m not 100 percent convinced that this is the last booking I’ll make regarding the trip I’m planning, it’s good to know that…

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Delta Award Sale

Just in from Delta – Delta is offering an award sale with mileage discounts of up to 10,000 miles* roundtrip. Book by November 2, 2014, and fly between December 3, 2014, and February 18, 2015. I haven’t tried any itineraries, but notable, but not all – inclusive terms and conditions are: *Saver Award Tickets will be discounted 4,000 miles round trip to select destinations within the U.S. 48 contiguous states (U.S. 48) and between select destinations in the U.S. 48 and Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Saver Award Tickets will be discounted 10,000 miles round trip between select destinations in the U.S. 48 and Southern South America. Standard Award Tickets will be discounted 8,000 miles round trip to…

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#InsideDelta – Two Questions I Should Have Asked CEO Richard Anderson

#InsideDelta – A Look Behind the Scenes at Delta Air Lines (Part 1) #InsideDelta – A Look Behind the Scenes at Delta Air Lines (Part 2) #InsideDelta – Two Questions I Wish I’d Asked Delta CEO Richard Anderson (Part 3) In my final piece on the #InsideDelta event I attended last week, I’m going to share some details of our chat with Delta’s CEO Richard Anderson. Our meeting with Richard was the last thing prior to dinner. We were slightly behind schedule, but he spent quite a bit of time with us. Frankly, he seemed to enjoy talking with us. He greeted each of us individually, then sat down to chat. We went through our day’s events, and I immediately…

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On Delta – Drinking the Kool Aid

I’m frequently accused of a lot of things when it comes to Delta Air Lines. Words like apologist, misguided, and Kool Aid consumer are used. I suppose if a mileage program were the only reason I traveled, those words and perhaps a few others might be on target. A look at the top 3 reasons I fly Delta are in order. # 1 – A reliable airline matters. # 2 – I continue to be pleased with the level of care I receive as a SkyMiles Medallion. # 3 – I’ve never walked off a Delta flight and said “wow, I can’t wait to fly someone else.” There’s a bit of unrest surrounding SkyMiles 2015. For sure, it will be different and some customers…

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An Update on My Delta SkyMiles Wish List From Back When

About a year ago, I wrote Santa and asked for just three things from SkyMiles. It wasn’t that I did not desire more, I just thought it best to pick three improvements that Delta could make to the program and hope for the best. For posterity’s sake lets review my wishes. One-way Awards A Working Award Calendar Improved Systemwide Upgrades In late 2013, Delta actually announced improved SWUs (Regional for Platinums, Global or Regional for Diamonds). Of course, they took away complimentary upgrade eligibility on their Business Elite transcons which really hurt some fliers. In announcing the 2015 SkyMiles program, Delta committed to one-way awards and an improved award calendar. Further there is at least some evidence that their award…

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Delta Dropping Some Alaska Codeshares – A Harbinger of Things to Come?

Lucky and this FT thread have the specifics of the most recent adjustment in the Delta-Alaska codeshare relationship covered. The cities dropped are by no means all of the two carriers’ codeshare markets. I do not think the end of this relationship is near, but that does not mean it isn’t coming. A Few Speculative Thoughts I’m fairly confident the idea of buying Alaska Airlines has circulated around Delta HQ for a while. Believe me, that idea has circulated around the offices of another airline I know too. I’m also pretty confident that there is not a snowball’s chance in hades that another big airline merger gets approved in this country anytime soon. Delta has made a point of building…

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Thoughts on the Delta SkyMiles Award Chart for 2015

Yesterday, I penned my “last word” on SkyMiles until we see the new award chart post. I might have provided a short opinion piece on the history of the domestic airline industry too. Sorry. Hey…it’s my name at the top, but on to our show. When I typed that on Tuesday night, I had no idea that I’d be writing on SkyMiles again so soon. As I wrote here earlier, Delta actually decided to go ahead and release its 2015 award charts. Now that I’ve had a little time to soak things in, I wanted to offer some additional commentary. There is good news in that there was no bloodbath as a few had expected. Delta says that “of the…

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The 2015 Delta SkyMiles Award Charts Are Available

The 2015 SkyMiles award charts are now appearing on Delta.com. My first impression is that these aren’t bad, but I have not done a complete analysis. I am expecting some sort of announcement from Delta very soon. In the meantime, have a look at the new award charts for yourself. Edited: Here is the complete text of Delta’s press release. I will have some thoughts on this development in a post later today. DELTA PUBLISHES 2015 SKYMILES PROGRAM U.S. AWARD CHART SKYMILES MEMBERS TO GAIN GREATER AWARD AVAILABILITY AT LOWEST MILEAGE LEVELS AND IMPROVED FLEXIBILITY IN REDEEMING MILES NEW AWARD CHART KEEPS LOWEST PRICE POINTS THE SAME, OF THE 44 AWARD LEVEL PRICING CHANGES MORE THAN 95 PERCENT DECREASE Mar…

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My Last Word on SkyMiles and Why I Am Staying

I’ve been thinking about this since Delta first announced its transition to a new revenue based program last week. I really can’t fit all the words describing this post inside the space of a reasonable title. With that, let me try a full description – My Last Word on SkyMiles Until We See the New Award Chart and Three Reasons Why I Am Staying For Now Other Than I Live in Atlanta.” There, how’s that? Let’s start with a few facts. First, SkyMiles is evolving and I don’t think there is a single thing all the noise in the world can do about it. Like it or not, Delta Air Lines has a different vision for their loyalty program. Many…

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