GoGo is approved & upgrading to satellite service. It cannot come fast enough.

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As you read this I am returning from my vacation / mileage run to and from Alaska. I am gleaning a ton of information from this trip and really appreciating just why Alaska has not yet lost their grip on the west but more on that point later. For now we have the great news that GoGo has been approved for their new fast internet service and are moving forward (and that includes Delta jets)!

For now I want to touch on one of the issues that is all a buzz in the news as of late and that is our love – hate relationship with the GoGo service you will find on almost all Delta jets including many smaller regional jets (just not CRJ200s or E145s).

map of delta jet about to cross into canada and drop gogo

only part coverage lower cost

One of the places this really is needed are flight from the USA that go over Canada to ANC in Alaska. You really only get coverage so far. Now from ANC to Seattle’s SEA airport I was connected just about the entire time.

slow gogo service on delta speed test

The other big reason is the GoGo speeds really are just slow. Really slow. To be fair, most times it is usably fast enough. At least to get most normal things done that do not include large photos or any kind of video etc. But having to use “image shrink” every time I post a photo on twitter from the air is a pain and does not look that great when you enlarge them.

We all know GoGo is expensive and I really value my 10 free use coupons from my non-Delta AMEX business platinum card I get each year. We all hate paying for something expensive and not getting our money’s worth and often times GoGo is such an experience, but that may change now with this new faster technology. I pay for blistering fast Comcast speed. I don’t like the price, but there is value to me at least when I get what is promised and more. Time for GoGo to do that as well – happy to pay up when they serve up what I need! – Rene

Delta 1st class food – Breakfast, lunch and dinner. FEBO – a rule or just a guide for FAs.

I am in the middle of a vacation / run and spending a day or so flying around and had a chance to let Delta feed me all day long in 1st class and thought I would share some thoughts. First, I wanted to address FEBO that is how “most times” I have been told Delta does food request that is Front Even Back Odd numbered flights. I say most times because with these four … Continue reading

What are the DUMBEST things Delta could do to make us all really CRAZY?

This really is a tall ask. After all, Delta has a stellar list of at least 50+ events that have made flyers angry and upset with the mothership over the past few years. But that begs the question, just what could Delta do that would REALLY make people crazy but are not that far fetched that they could happen soon. I mean over the top crazy mad and enough to “pick up their pitchforks“, figuratively … Continue reading

Delta blurs “Escorted Prisoners” from the web – What else “should” they have blurred out from GST video but didn’t.

When you go to the Delta NEWS HUB, a.k.a. the new PR Facebook page for Delta, you will see a video for the new updated Delta Flight Attendants hand units. They have re-branded the hand units and now call them the GST or “Guest Service Tool”. I have a better name for them. I will call them the “Greenback Suction Technology” (if you are from the south, maybe “Grab Stooges TexasPennys” is better)! Either way, … Continue reading

My latest round of travel cards – 3 of the 4 went great. What cards did I go for this time?

I have a very simple way of earning a bunch of points each year as I out line HERE in the rookie tab. I have been doing this for years and years. I have no need to go for a MASSIVE amount of cards when I apply for them as 3-5 every 91-ish days for my wife and I does meet our travel needs. But this round I ran into some trouble with one of … Continue reading

Something strange is going on with Virgin Australia business award space from LAX (i.e. it’s all gone)!

One of the great, and most times reasonably open, Delta LEVEL 1 business class awards that you can find is Los Angeles to Sydney Australia. It is a long flight but a nice way to get there direct in a decent business class product. Now getting to LAX also at LEVEL 1 space, that is another story, but we will save that for another day. But right now, just about ANY dates for a year, … Continue reading

The KLM Crown Lounge Amsterdam #25 AMS airport review

Finding Level 1 Delta business class awards to Europe (Sweden) – Part 1 Virgin Atlantic Upper Class outbound via Manchester – Part 2 The Escape Lounge Manchester T3 – Part 3 KLM Euro business class to Amsterdam & Gothenburg – Part 4 The smallest lounge EVER – the Ford business class lounge in Gothenburg GOT- Part 5 The Club Carlson Park Inn by Radisson Stockholm – Part 6 Hertz Presidents Circle GOLD club rental in … Continue reading

WEATHER ALERT: Tropical Storm Danny – FREE Delta changes 24-26AUG15

Delta has issued a weather waiver for those in / out / through parts of the Caribbean starting today the 24th and running until the 26th for: Port-au-Prince, HT (PAP) Punta Cana, DR (PUJ) San Juan, PR (SJU) Santiago, DR (STI) Santo Domingo, DR (SDQ) St. Maarten, SX (SXM) St. Thomas, VI (STT) The rest of the info about the allowed changes tells us that: “When rescheduled travel occurs beyond August 31, 2015, the change … Continue reading

I went totally “Plane Crazy” at the Delta Charity Jet Pull – by Noah Mark

As an avid reader of Renés blog I have learned the do’s and don’ts in getting the best value from points and miles programs and not just Delta’s. I have obtained value from Membership Rewards Points, SPG points, Flex Perks , and yes even Delta SkyMiles, although as we all know, that ship seems to be sailing faster than a cruise that “Frequent Floater” MJ On Travel likes to take! One of the greatest sins … Continue reading

Always, always, always remember Delta computers work against you – not for you when booking an award tickets.

If it did not make blood boil out of my ears I should start an award booking service for SkyMiles. But, that is why I have ADAM and can let him “enjoy” the fun of booking with Delta. Let me break down what could be a Rookie Wednesday post but just had to pop this up today after my many hours of “fun” with Delta and what to learn. I am reasonably knowledgeable of how … Continue reading

KLM Euro business class to Amsterdam & Manchester

Finding Level 1 Delta business class awards to Europe (Sweden) – Part 1 Virgin Atlantic Upper Class outbound via Manchester – Part 2 The Escape Lounge Manchester T3 – Part 3 KLM Euro business class to Amsterdam & Gothenburg – Part 4 The smallest lounge EVER – the Ford business class lounge in Gothenburg GOT- Part 5 The Club Carlson Park Inn by Radisson Stockholm – Part 6 Hertz Presidents Circle GOLD club rental in … Continue reading

Irritating nav bar is GONE from Delta.com! #KeepClimbing worthy change.

In case you have not noticed, Delta has really been spending a bunch of time improving the functionality and look of Delta.com from a user standpoint. Some of it for marketing, but some of it just for a better user experience. For those of us who are on Delta.com almost every day (or many times a day) this latest tweak really is a big deal. Notice this morning what is now gone from Delta.com? Yep, … Continue reading

Reminder: Last day to book Delta 30% LEVEL 1 discounted coach and business class winter SkyMiles awards!

As a quick reminder, as I first blogged about 10 days ago and confirmed the next day, Delta has a fare sale of 30% off LEVEL 1 Delta award prices from a number of cities and today, the 20th, is “officially” the last day to book them. Keep in mind, if you are a Platinum or Diamond Medallion you can cancel award bookings up to 72 hours before flight so if you think you can … Continue reading

Rookie Wednesday: Delta OPEN JAW award tickets to save on taxes + fees (sometimes).

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. Delta has changed the rules for 2015 SkyMiles for award travel. To me, the biggest and worst crushing blow was the end … Continue reading