I suppose it’s hard to take away something that’s already been taken away, then put back, but not published. However, I’d say Delta has managed to do that. Just what the heck am I talking about? Per DeltaPoints, Delta has quietly removed the unpublished upgrade benefit for Platinum Medallions on the premium transcon routes from JFK… Read full article

I’ve managed to book two J-class awards for my wife and I for travel to Europe at Delta SkyMiles Level 1 (saver). Granted, J-class saver costs 62,500 miles each way, which is 12,500 more than most domestic carriers at the moment, assuming you can find availability, but I was quite happy with the result. October… Read full article

Last week I took a short (4 day) business trip to the west coast, flying a nonstop roundtrip between Atlanta and Seattle. Departing on a Tuesday afternoon, I’d hoped for the same kind of upgrade luck I’d had on my last trip on the same route, but no joy. Of course, that trip began on… Read full article

I earned fewer miles on my first business trip with SkyMiles 2015 than I would have under the old system, but I’m still not upset. Why? Because I’m taking a holistic view of the situation. One trip doesn’t make a year, and I still expect to earn the same or slightly more miles in total… Read full article

Delta Platinum and Diamond Medallions are offered the opportunity to choose certain benefits when they qualify for a new program year. SkyMiles Medallion Choice Benefits are enticing, I just wish I could choose more! (Guess I’d better go for Diamond, so I can do that, huh?) Here are my choices. Let’s start with what I’m… Read full article

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… Read full article

This isn’t the first time that I’ve suggested Alaska’s Mileage Plan™ might be the ideal home for a lot of Delta flyers. It is the first time that I’ve ever actually considered the implications of a switch for myself. First, a little background. Alaska recently announced some changes to its program. On the good side –… Read full article

First among many changes coming with SkyMiles 2015 is a revenue requirement for status. In my case, I’m Platinum Medallion, and the minimum spend requirement for the 2015 program year is $7,500. I shouldn’t have a problem hitting that by year’s end, even though I am a little behind last year on ticket spend.  There was no… Read full article

I’ve shared my thoughts on the idea of “complimentary” upgrades for elite flyers on more than one occasion. A lot of what one “likes” about a frequent flyer program is based upon habit as much as functionality, so I want to fully acknowledge a few things. I”ve always preferred the way American AAdvantage does upgrades… Read full article

Delta Air Lines was one of, if not the first, US airline to pioneer premium gate to gate transfers for high value customers. Utilizing a fleet of Porsche vehicles, the airline launched a trial service in Atlanta in 2011, that expanded to Los Angeles, New York-JFK, and Minneapolis. According to Delta, they’ve transferred an incredible… Read full article

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