The 2015 Alaska Air awards chart – IN YOUR FACE DELTA!

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Gosh I love Alaska airlines. I love it that they are doing such a “knock down drag out fight” with their “partner” (well sorta partner anyway) Delta Air Lines. Delta clearly is doing everything they can to expand Seattle as a major hub as quickly as possible, offering those who live there elite status via double elite miles and so much more!

Airlines are truly in a world of their own right now. We see United, who seems to think their customers are their major problem, and Delta who seems to think about cutting every elite benefit possible and treating everyone but those who spend the most amout of money with the airline as second-class citizens is the best way to earn your loyalty!

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I have often blogged about how crushing SkyMiles 2015 will be next year for the bulk of flyers. Delta has taken the stand that the only way to offer a few more low level seats is to greatly reduce the amount of SkyMiles in circulation. This may be a winning scenario on paper for bean counters, but I’m not sure how an unrewarding rewards program is a way to entice flyers to pick your airline.

Now today we have the announcement from Alaska that rather than awarding less miles next year, and going revenue based like DL & UA, they are staying distance-based and awarding the same or even MORE miles to flyers next year. How is that as an “in your face” directly at Delta, their partner (who will get less miles depending on fare class).

Interestingly, Alaska also partners with American Airlines that also has decided not to go revenue based for 2015. So we have United, one of the worst airlines in the USA that has simply carbon copied everything Delta has done with their program (and worse), and Delta who is trying the grand experiment to un-reward most customers for flying their airline next year.

Those of us who are points enthusiasts are really going to have some interesting choices next year. Where we decide to buy our tickets and who we decide to fly (i.e. think CODE SHARE a bunch) and if we shift away from one airline to another airline or even one type of reward card to another reward card that more closely aligns with our travel goals. I find all this so fascinating because for years, with the current Delta program, it was a simple choice and many people, as I talked about this morning, just poured all their eggs into one “points” basket, that is they saved everything toward Delta as far as rewards, flights, credit cards, you name it, was all Delta because there was value in SkyMiles. Next year it is not at all as clear cut a choice and the declining value of Skymiles with the end of stopovers and more. Plus, all those who were hoping to just fly Delta and credit to Alaska are not going to be able to eke by under the new award chart from Alaska.

This also touches on what I spoke about this past Sunday. I am never trying to alienate any readers ever but there are many who do overspend for Delta tickets, both now, and will next year. This may be necessary due to their travels or being required to buy last minute tickets plus all the other airlines may have equally inflated prices for these last minute tickets. This does not change the fact that overpriced tickets are overpriced tickets. It is nice that Delta is rewarding you for overpaying, but you are still overpaying compared to many others flying with you on the same jet. The most important point of the story is if Delta keeps cutting the perks and benefits and value of SkyMiles even those overpaying and getting boatloads of SkyMiles will see lower rewards for all of us.

Once again, I love you, Alaska. The company is making lots of money (even lots for investors). It is a well run airline. They are PROVING you can make money and still be a distance based airline rewards program and you cannot say it is just because they are small because American is doing it too. I also still just love the fact that I can apply every few months over and over and over for AS BofA travel cards and get free points to fly AS or DL or even AA. Good times!

If you are still reading all this – what do you think? Happy? Sad? Indifferent? Let me know! – René
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Rookie Wednesday: Yes, they all add up! Diversify points for lowest travel costs.

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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. This may seem like a simple and basic idea, but then again this is rookie Wednesday right? I talk to so many … Continue reading

FCM or First Class Monetization – now on your Fly Delta APP as well!

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I blogged back in July about how excited Delta was about the rise in 1st class conversion or up sales. Now don’t get me wrong, I am all for Delta making boat loads of money. I have touched on this before that I would love for Delta to sell every single 1st class seat they have at really big numbers for those to whom money is not an issue. However, the downside of this is … Continue reading

Can you fly TODAY (not tomorrow)? – FREE Delta changes – Northeast Winter Weather 26NOV14

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As you can see Delta has issued a Northeast Winter Weather so you can change FREE of charge and even look at changing routes and days. Here is the full list of airports that are impacted: Allentown, PA (ABE) Albany, NY (ALB) Baltimore, MD (BWI) Bangor, ME (BGR) Boston, MA (BOS) Harrisburg, PA (MDT) Hartford, CT (BDL) Manchester, NH (MHT) New York, NY – Kennedy (JFK) New York, NY – LaGuardia (LGA) Newark, NJ (EWR) … Continue reading

The biggest problem with the SPG elite program – is this a deal breaker for you?

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As you can see I am only 1 night away from re-qualifying for my SPG Platinum status for another year. There are a bunch of reasons I have chosen to spend about a month of my travels with Starwood hotels. First off I can earn my status on “just” 25 nights. I can pick up 2 stay credits from holding the SPG personal AMEX card (that I do have) as well as the SPG business … Continue reading

Tonight’s 5 (5 pack) Delta HOOU winners are 13, 23, 12, 21 & 14

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Time to pick via Random.org our Delta HOOU or “Have One ON Us” 5 pack winners. As you can see the first winner who did a re-tweet  of the post was #13 that is Adam Caldwell. There rest of the winner are: #23 – Marcos #12 – CycloneHog #21 – John #14 – Steph Contrat’s and I will email you tonight. Please get back to my email ASAP as I would love to put them … Continue reading

Don’t fall for the misleading Delta marketing spin about #Skymiles2015

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A reader tweeted this to me the other day and Delta, in effect, is trying to convince him that Skymiles2015 will be oh so good for him (but we already KNOW they are DECIMATING it bit by bit and day by day). Oh you only got one of these if you are already overspending with Delta, that is paying much more than you should for tickets either on your own dime or the company’s! How … Continue reading

Pay it Forward – we all need to do this!

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My good friend Jen had an amazing post the other day and it took me all of about 10 seconds to go HELLO! And jump all over this one. I was able to sign up for the promo, get a friends cell number and last four of his SSN# and paid $150 and a few days later, as you can see, got the credit back! #Winning! I hope you all check to see if you … Continue reading

SWAG Saturday: The points that everyone just should go for (because they are so EZ)!

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There are some points that are so simple even the somewhat lazy and busy me always always always goes for. One of them is holding the Discover IT card because it has NO annual fee and having and holding it long term makes my credit score go up. This helps me when I want to get other cards. Oh, and when the 5% reward category is simple, say like a gas station, that happens to … Continue reading

Tonight’s SWAG Saturday winner is… (yeah you won before) is that you?

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It sure has been fun to see the response of how many found the blog and what tips you have enjoyed. It is also fun to see so many new and old readers taking part. Now on to this week’s winner and it is a reader who has won before! I will again say congratulations to #75 that is Rich C who says: “Found you on boarding area? Been lucky won a couple of your … Continue reading

Things that strike me as funny when I travel & search for Delta travel “stuff”!

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I fly a lot. Maybe not as much as some but to me anyone who flies 100+ segments a year flies a lot. Something I hear over 100 times a year then is to put away our laptops (I’m ok with that) and also to put away our DVD players. Now kids, by a show of hands, how many of you over the past 5 years have brought a DVD player on a Delta jet. … Continue reading

Delta upgrades graphics on the GIDS in Atlanta

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Coming off a redeye this morning from San Francisco I though my eyes were playing tricks on me. I looked up and said to the gate agent, “Oh they have updated the GIDS” or Gate Information Display Screens. He then looked up and did a double-take and was surprised to see the new graphics as well. We have seen lots of updates over the past year to Delta.com HERE and HERE. I really like this … Continue reading

Boeing gets snubbed – Airbus wins big order for new wide body jets! A350 & A330’s!

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Just a quick update that we will be, when flying internationally (and not doing any more stopovers), spending more time on A350 & A330 jets according to these two sources: Leeham News  &   Yahoo News Reports are that this news was supposed to be held until the investors day announcement that will include other news including many more ancillary revenue sources Delta is just giddy about. Translation for you and me is more fees and … Continue reading

PLEASE understand how DEVASTATING the latest Skymiles2015 change is!!! A call to action!

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NO Rookie Wednesday this week – this week Rookie Wednesday is this post, it is TOO important to wait. WE MUST ACT AND ACT NOW! A CALL TO ACTION! E-Mail Delta TODAY! The more I think about this the more upset I get. Everyone, I mean EVERYONE, just seems to be taking every devaluation and destruction of the program step by step. This latest one is, to me, the WORST that has happened in 20 … Continue reading

GoGo TEXT Beta works perfect with Delta & my Sprint phone!

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Oh how good it is to use an Android phone. Not only can I save a ton on a day pass by using this nice trick to use my phone as my GoGo “hot spot” but I can also play with the GoGo text beta app and it works perfect and is really fast. After setting up my phone to be used with the GoGo Text Beta APP I did something that seems a little … Continue reading