Delta Points March Newsletter 2015

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We are well into SkyMiles 2015. As expected, and as as we have seen, things are not going smoothly at all. Sure Delta PR folks are trying to spin that all is well and good, but we know better. I mean just look at what you may have missed from the month of March:

➥ 2016 SkyMiles year is here! Just what are the changes you need to know.

➥ Is “Delta Giveth and Claweth Away” fair? It does work both ways so maybe!

➥ Delta “secret” UBER elite Delta360 Medallion class is inviting new members

➥ Hertz – You are making me a little CRAZY! – Delta elite promo update part 2

➥ My Hertz Gold Plus Rewards President’s Circle upgrade is at last here!

GoGo TEXT for Android now for AT&T, Verizon, T-Moblie, Sprint & more!

15,000 Delta Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) added to my SkyMiles account today – Thank you AMEX! How to claim them.

➥ The reason Delta wins (no matter what they do to the award program).

➥ My first UBER / SPG points have posted & some interesting information.

Delta steps up: information, re-booking, hotel & begrudgingly more!

➥ #AVgeek photos from my latest Delta Mileage Run – Gosh flying is fun.

➥ Who didn’t get any of Delta’s 1.1 Billion in profit sharing?

➥ Sunday post: “Bob” warns us about AMEX GIFT Cards – $10,000+ GONE?

➥ Delta called me today about an equipment change – what to do?

➥ A week into Delta OFCMB (especially C+ seats) – as expected – hit & miss!

➥ Even Delta’s good news is bad news! UBER “Limited” routes.

➥ Delta “Pay with Miles” in 1st class 2015 SkyMiles & MQM update!

➥ Delta SkyMiles award booking Q&A

➥ Delta “Bags on Time” promise – simpler to find Delta’s award charts on Delta.com. Another #KeepDescending event!

➥ Fix for the AMEX BOGOF transfer issue will be fixed soon!

➥ Are Skyclubs too expensive vs other airport choices like Gorden Biersch DTW?

➥ Ruh Roh! Delta Redcoat boards flight over Comfort+ overhead issue!

➥ Help for the 14% of Delta Points readers who hold no Delta status!

➥ I just burned 20K SkyMiles coach Pay with Miles ticket to test earnings!

➥ What question you would ask Delta’s CEO Richard Anderson?

➥ ALERT: Tons of Delta schedule changes have loaded today!

UBER vs. LYFT – Game them or do they game us? Is one better or worse?

➥ CONFIRMED: AMEX GoGo passes ARE valid on international flights!

➥ Try not to worry about all the bugs on Delta.com’s website.

➥ Interesting new Lufthansa 1st class survey. Inside the minds of the airlines.

➥ Don’t delete THESE kinds of e-mails from Delta. It could cost you big time!

➥ Delta will take over Alaska Airlines (unless…)

➥ Rethinking my stand on the BOINGO wifi service – Did they upgrade?

➥ Some truly SICK Delta Mileage Runs going on + more on the way! #Winning

➥ Just how bad are Delta Medallion upgrades in 2015?

➥ Yeah, Delta “airline” food really is very good! Truly (you should try it).

➥ Travel question: Do you use a laptop privacy screen? Why or why not?

➥ Delta has left me “wallet confused”. My choices are no longer simple.

➥ Results from Barclaycard , US Bank & Citi retention calls.

➥ Does the USA need an EU 261 rule after flights like this one from Delta?

➥ Delta Medallions – expect MUCH less “free” TSA Pre✓® starting April!

➥ “They” are making it so simple, but what is “safe”? How much is too much?

➥ Is this dog not famous enough to fly on a 1st class Delta ticket?

➥ What to do if Delta info is WRONG? What can you and should you do

➥ Oh, I really didn’t think Delta would go there – but they did!

Tippecanoe place – Things I would do when visiting South Bend, Indiana

➥ Delta NEWS day: Catching up on all the Delta goings on during March.

➥ Reflecting on the end of the CRJ200s & a compromise I am so happy to make.

➥ With current AMEX rules, is it now smart to upgrade your Delta AMEX cards?

I cannot WAIT for April. I will be testing coach PWM ticket, a few “fun runs” and two dinners with readers in MSP and ATL (posts on when and where will be up soon btw). Oh and the Freddie awards will be a scream! Lastly today, if you happened to miss  January  or February’s  newsletter, you can catch up – René

 

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So am I the last medallion on earth waiting for their Delta #BRAGTAG?

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OK, I know this is just silly. After all, I have my last two years of Delta Diamond Medallion tags still (no I did not sell them on Ebay like most others). But it still just bugs me for some reason. What really bugs me is not having my HOOU and JWD certs. Now I know you are saying René you have only missed 2 upgrades this year. True, but I have been stuck on … Continue reading

With current AMEX rules, is it now smart to upgrade your Delta AMEX cards?

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First off, let me say that getting any of the “big 3″ can have real value at least during the first year. After that, the question of value is really up to you and how much you plan to fly Delta next year. Take for example the Delta AMEX Gold card. When you add up the value of the 30,000 bonus points after minimum spend, the $50 credit when you make a Delta purchase and … Continue reading

Delta Weather ALERT: Amsterdam Weather Today through 1APRIL15 (no foolin’)!

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Delta has issued a weather waiver for those in / out / through Amsterdam from today until the 1st of April. This time it is NOT snow but it looks like strong winds will be the issue according to the Weather Channel. This will likely mean that many flights will be delayed and I bet some cancellations of some domestic European flights. Please take notice and be prepared with options if you must fly. As … Continue reading

Reflecting on the end of the CRJ200s & a compromise I am so happy to make.

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Yesterday in my post about some of the Delta news highlights from March, I touched on a piece about the further reduction of flights from CVG, that is, Cincinnati airport. Some of these changes are as a result of fewer routes but others are from smaller CRJ200 jets being switched to larger jets like CJR700/900s or even mainline 717s. A number of readers have commented that they would rather keep enduring (a good word I … Continue reading

Delta NEWS day: Catching up on all the Delta goings on during March.

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It is hard to believe Q1 of 2015 is almost over. As always it has been interesting to see what news Delta has made and others have said about the airline. Let’s look at a few you may or may not have seen. Perhaps after my publicly shaming Delta’s PR folks, they have once again started using Flyertalk after a long hiatus. They posted about the expanded airlines we can now can book on the … Continue reading

This week’s SWAG Saturday winners are: 1, 110, 58, 19, 112 (is that you)?

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Time to real quick pop up the 5 winners of this past week’s SWAG Saturday drawing. According to Random.org the winners are 1, 110, 58, 19, 112 that is, Nina, John C, Dan, Jerry & PJ! Congrats to all the winners and I will email you this weekend and get your prizes on the way next week. Have a grand weekend everyone and thanks for following the blog! – René . Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit … Continue reading

Tippecanoe place – Things I would do when visiting South Bend Indiana

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Tippecanoe place – Things I would do when visiting South Bend, Indiana Studebaker Museum – Things I would do when visiting South Bend, Indiana South Bend Cubs – Things I would do when visiting South Bend, Indiana Warren Golf course at ND – Things I would do when visiting South Bend, Indiana Seasonal & other fun – Things I would do when visiting South Bend, Indiana After almost thirty years of living in the South … Continue reading

Oh, I really didn’t think Delta would go there – but they did! Delusional and sad.

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Just about every airline, hotel and car company is sending out reminders to vote for them at the Freddie awards, the MOST prestigious frequent flyer awards ceremony held each year and respected world wide, but I really did not think Delta would send beg emails out. Even though it is being held in Atlanta and at the Delta Flight museum, I could not dream, after Delta has done nothing but DECIMATE their frequent flyer program … Continue reading

What to do if Delta info is WRONG? What can you and should you do (and when).

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Air travel is unique. We are put into a stressful situation and are “trained” to follow orders. Think about this, when you first pull up to the airport, a police officer is normally close by and you need to follow his (or her) direction or else you could be in BIG trouble. So this sets the tone from the start of your travel adventure. Once inside you may approach an airline representative to check in. … Continue reading

Is this dog not famous enough to fly on a 1st class Delta ticket?

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. Delta has more rules than the IRS it seems. I know the frequent flyer rules VERY well because I eat, breathe and sleep points each and every day. Plus Delta often changes things on a whim and does not tell anyone about the changes until we find them (often not telling Delta people either). This new report from CBS Minnesota just makes my head hurt. Delta does, on a case by case basis, allow … Continue reading

Rookie Wednesday: “They” are making it so simple, but what is “safe”? How much is too much?

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Welcome to a weekly feature on the Delta Points blog. Each week this series covers in a “rookie” way either a Delta or travel related theme and attempts to break down to a basic level each topic. You can read up on all the previous posts HERE. Now on to this week’s feature. I freely admit it – I am a hopeless point-aholic. When I see a deal my mind gets a jolt and my … Continue reading

Delta Medallions – expect MUCH less “free” elite TSA Pre✓® starting in April!

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For quite a while now Delta elite medallion travelers have been enjoying the perks of TSA Pre✓® on a regular basis. But that will be changing next month. According to Delta.com we see that: “Beginning April 7, 2015, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is implementing changes to TSA Pre✓®. If you’re not currently a member of a Trusted Traveler Program such as Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI or the TSA Pre✓® program, you’ll likely notice a … Continue reading

Does the USA need an EU 261 rule after flights like this one from Delta?

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Can you imagine the frustration? You go on a REAL Delta mileage run right back where you started (I bet they did not get Delta points for this run either)? I am clearly poking fun at the situation but I doubt the folks who lost a full day of vacation and had to “enjoy” flying around all day on a “Delta” jet would think it was much fun. I say “Delta” in quotes as it … Continue reading

Results from Barclaycard , US Bank & Citi retention calls. (hint – it worked out very well)

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I hate paying annual fees on credit cards. Well I take that back, I hate paying fees on cards that don’t provide enough value to offset the fee for the card. For example, non-Delta The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN <—LINK I don’t mind paying the $450 annual fee one bit. Why? I get: $200 / year incidentals credit. $20 / year for my GOES (i.e. $100 every 5th year) $80-240 in GoGo … Continue reading