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The FCM – It Burns


You know that I’m not a fan of the “unlimited complimentary” upgrade to first class schemes. They create unlimited demand for a very limited product, and are of course offered on a space-available basis. That said, if you ask a bunch of frequent fliers why they bother with elite status, I have to think that upgrades are going to be at the top of the list for many, if not most. Last night, I checked in for my flight at the 24 hour mark and was greeted with a screen I haven’t seen in a while. For a mere $199.00, this Platinum Medallion could “secure first class now” on a roughly 1 hour flight. No thanks. Don’t get me wrong, I…

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Celebrating the 747 – Sometimes It’s OK to Connect When You Don’t Have To

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The last time I flew on board a 747 was in 1999 or 2000. I can’t remember the year, but I do remember the route – Tokyo Haneda to Osaka, a flight of maybe 1 hour. I’ve been looking for the opportunity to fly another 747 ever since. You don’t see many of those during my short-haul domestic travel life, and the longer haul trips I’ve taken have been dominated by the 767, A330 and 777. In planning an upcoming trip to Paris, I really had BA with a connection in LHR in my mind, primarily because I haven’t flown their first class product in years….many years. ATL-LHR-CDG with a nice break for lounge time in London seemed as fine…

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Lessons Learned from a Loyalty Experiment in Atlanta

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Over the last few years I would estimate my travel patterns have evolved into roughly a mix of 80 percent business/20 percent personal. Assuming I keep the same day job I’ve had for a while, I’m going to fly wether I take a vacation or three per year or not. Last year, I decided to break up with the traditional idea of loyalty for me, and really focus on schedule and price when making air travel choices. In that time, this SkyMiles Platinum Medallion has flown around 30 segments on a mix of American, US Airways, and Southwest flights with additional Delta flights mixed in when that made the most sense. It should be noted that none of this stopped me from taking advantage of select…

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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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A Word on Delta’s Discount Award Prices

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Delta Points broke the news earlier today that there were some unusually low award prices popping up on Delta Points has several examples posted. Since I’m traveling to Paris in the fall, I thought I’d check pricing just for grins and I did find some “discount” pricing in coach. (Note: these prices are one-way) Seven days in October with 21K one-way pricing…not bad. While I am personally not interested in crossing any ocean in the coach cabin of an airplane, there are are plenty of people who do not care about premium cabin seating. Just for grins, I checked business class availability and did not find any “discount” award pricing. There is a bit of Level 1 availability late…

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Alaska Mileage Plan – Even More Compelling

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Alaska Mileage Plan announced a deeper partnership with American Airlines this morning. Mileage Plan members have had access to American’s expanded network of soon to be former US Airways flights since the schedule change that converted all US Airways flights to American Airlines flights just over 2 weeks ago. According to Alaska Airlines, “members of Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan now have access to book nearly 3,000 more daily flights on partner American Airlines following the most recent phase of the airline’s reservation system migration.” When the systems merge on October 17, “Mileage Plan members will enjoy seamless access to the world’s largest airline and have even more options to earn and redeem miles for award travel.” There is more. Effective August 15,…

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