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AAdvantage Upgrade Success – A Reader Comments

On Monday I wrote a quick post on what I consider to be my near miraculous AAdvantage elite upgrade percentage as a Gold member. Fact is, it is miraculous….and awesome. However, reader Disco wrote with a fair question. “You said you spent $60 on upgrade stickers for ATL-DFW.  In theory, couldn’t you have just used “FCM” on Delta for roughly the same amount of money (or more, depending on your coach ticket price) and guaranteed the first class seat?  I know, it’s never guaranteed, the FCM price could be a lot higher, etc.  But while it’s great that you were upgraded on AA (who wouldn’t want an 89% upgrade percentage as a low-level elite?), it’s not much different than paying the…

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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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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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The Delta Mixed Award Kerfuffle – Something Caught My Eye

This morning, Rene posted a clarification from Delta on the issue of mixed cabin awards. You likely already know the story, but in summary Delta has changed SkyMiles rules to: We learned from Rene this morning that if you live in…let’s say some backwater in Indiana (sorry, I couldn’t help myself and some of you will get the joke-for the record, I think Indiana is a fine place) and have to fly a single cabin CRJ, that won’t break the fare. But you cannot fly Delta One over and coach back on a single ticket…or you won’t be able to at some point. You can call now and make it happen apparently. That’s less of an issue with one-way awards (FINALLY),…

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Delta and Amex Must Really Want to Sell Some Credit Cards

The bloggerverse has been alive with the latest Delta SkyMiles American Express card offers. No complaints, it’s not the worst deal in the world offering up to 60K bonus miles depending on the offer you go for. That’s good enough to have me thinking about a card for my small business, actually. Interestingly, I received an email today with another wrinkle on the latest offers…..more bonus miles for current cardholders that refer friends. The usual offers for referring potential new card applicants is 5,000 miles. Well, as you can see above, Delta and Amex are upping the offer to 10,000 mile per approved applicant with a cap of 55,000 miles per calendar year. Always interesting times in the airline loyalty…

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Pondering a Future with Delta SkyMiles

With the exception of the true lover of most things widget, I suppose I blog about Delta Air Lines and SkyMiles as much as anyone. I do live in Atlanta afterall. As we approach the half-way point in 2015, I’m finding myself thinking more and more about my Delta future. In keeping with a promise I made to myself, I haven’t spent a dime on my Delta Amex this year, and with the booking of a fall biz-class trip to Paris, I’ve spent my SkyMiles account down to effectively zero. That doesn’t mean I’m purposely avoiding Delta. Quite the opposite actually. It’s just that I’ve made peace with a few things frequent flyer, one of which is that I’m not going…

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SkyMiles Regional Upgrades DO Work and They Are Appreciated

I recently penned a post on defining value in Atlanta. In that instance, Southwest won my business based on price. However, I alluded to price not always being the deciding factor in that post. In fact, I almost bought a Delta first class ticket, but given the length of flight, Southwest won the day on that one. That said, I remain a Delta SkyMiles Platinum Medallion. Whether one loves or loathes SkyMiles 2015, and whether you are earning more or fewer miles this year, Delta excels with the level of care provided to SkyMiles Medallions. Especially at the the Platinum and Diamond level….. extra-especially the Diamond level (so I’m told ). However, one area where Delta’s elite program historically lagged was the availability of…

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On Delta, Southwest, and Defining Value in Atlanta

Living in Atlanta, I’m going to fly Delta. The End…sort of. I’ve called Delta an airline that does the right things well, and they are. The overwhelming majority of my Delta service experiences are top notch. But just saying that does not mean that I don’t occasionally look around. Recently, I experimented successfully (IMHO) with American in Atlanta. Then there are other little nuggets of opportunity….. like returning from Orlando after a quick summer getaway cruise. I spent this morning shopping for return flights as the flights down are already done and here’s what I found. Delta (MCO-ATL) Southwest (MCO-ATL) At some point, the miles and elite benefits matter a lot less than money in the bank. The lowest available Southwest…

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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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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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