Friday travel tip: Consider hotels for long term parking. I will save over 80% on parking!

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This summer I will be making a trip over to Sweden like I always do. I am sure many of you will take 1 week or longer trips as well. That brings up the issue of how to get to the airport or where to park.

The first simple choice for many is just to UBER to the airport and then you don’t have to worry about having to pay a ton for parking. But if you have a ton of luggage you may have to pay for a larger UBER SUV and that can cost as much as parking your own car for some time.

There is always the “hit your friend up for a ride” option but that can be a pain in the rear as well and you will probably end up having to buy your friends dinner or a round of golf (and maybe lunch) and end up paying again as much as parking.

So what are some good choices to consider? Here is a simple one: HOTELS!

Now I am not saying to “stay” at the hotels or do a mattress run before your flight (unless you need to for status points) but to just park at the hotel. Also, clearly, I am NOT saying to do a “dine and dash” that is to just park for free but please call and ask the hotel if they have a parking “ONLY” fee or offer. I think you will be shocked how many offer this service and larger discounts for longer stays.

Let’s take my own home town airport as an example. Long term airport parking is either $8/day or a max. rate of $40/week. However, there is an airport hotel right at the entrance to the SBN airport. It is so close you can walk to the airport from the hotel. They only charge $3/day if over 7 days of parking. That my friends is a savings of almost 50% – just amazing.

But I stated at the opening of the post that I will be saving about 80% off the long term airport parking rate. Just how will I do that? I will pay with my Barclays Arrival+ card, since parking at the hotel and it will show up as a hotel charge that means I will have up to 120 days to “pay myself back” with points. I can buy Visa Debit Gift Cards (VDGCs) and dump them to my Bluebird account and reduce my out of pocket expense to park by 80% off of what it would have cost to park at the airport.

This is by no means a perfect solution but most times it is a big money saver. Some hotels DO require a one night stay to park but then do not charge anything for the parking and have a free shuttle to the airport. Just please, if you are going to take a one week or longer trip, call around to the hotels near where you are flying from and see if they have any similar deals and compare how much you can save. – René

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Welcome to SkyMiles 2015 – 1 Million SkyMiles for an award for two people? Yep!

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The future is now everyone. These flights, all on Delta by the way, with nothing special done other than doing an A-B search on Delta.com, turned up this route as a possible option. No, it was not the cheapest option, but it existed and all you had to do was click it (HT to FlyerTalk for find). Let this sink in (and feel free to look at the old award charts) and think about spending … Continue reading

New [targeted] Delta survey about SkyMiles & Medallion program. How would you vote?

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I hope Karen Zachary, Managing Director SkyMiles, gets the numbers and results from this survey that I am sure she will get. I hope that seeing how upset we are at all the crushing changes will wake up the SkyMiles team that at some point enough is enough. Being an eternal optimist I hope Delta can fix, really, the only thing really broken at Delta – SkyMiles. Everything else, for the most part, just works … Continue reading

This is not good news: Reg. CRJ200s – “Delta still sees a need for them”

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Yes that is me, who was in row 1 recently on a CRJ200, because I want to get OFF a CRJ200 as quickly as I can, but then moved to the last row next to the bathroom due to a “weight and balance” issue as they needed several folks to move from front to back. Joy O Joy! Most of us, other than a few bloggers who shall go unmentioned (MJ on Travel), just despise … Continue reading

Rookie Wednesday: The craziness of Delta & Skyteam seats. Just what are we allowed to choose.

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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. Do you notice the highlighted bit (added by me) in the latest update about GOL+ Conforto seats? Yep, you are getting the … Continue reading

With SkyMiles worth (less) than ever, what next? What should a Delta flyer do?

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I have redeemed millions of Northwest Worldperks and Delta SkyMiles over my many years of flying the airlines. I have valued every dollar I have spent with both airlines. Skyteam has been an outstanding alliance for my travel needs and I have received good value back in points for the money invested in nearly 1 million MQM miles or as they say “butt in seat” miles. Delta still runs a fine airline. They are, most … Continue reading

Some of my favorite non-published Delta travel photos for April & May – Enjoy!

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I take a bunch of photos as I travel. I try to use the best ones I can in each post but sometimes they just don’t make it into a post. So, I thought I would share some of my favorite ones I grabbed in my travels over the past few months that I tweeted but never posted. You can click on the 1st one and then do a full screen slide-show for them all … Continue reading

Review: LG G Android Wear watch & Fly Delta APP performance including boarding pass, TSA & more.

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I really struggled if I should do this review as a two part review, that is, part one about the watch and the second about using the watch to fly Delta but decided just to focus on the Delta part since we are after all Delta flyers. I will just touch on the watch itself in my closing remarks. Let me also start out with some disclaimers. First off, I was not given this watch, … Continue reading

This week’s SWAG Saturday winners are #132 and #106 (is that you)?

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  First things first and let me congratulate Joseph #132 & Dale #106 that is via Random.org our two winners for this week. I will reach out to you via email to get your prizes on the way ASAP. Next thanks for so many great questions. I will be working through a bunch of them over the next few weeks including just where I will be collecting points moving forward (hint: not SkyMiles unless things … Continue reading

Are Delta 25,000 point Level 1 award tickets going away (is that what the quote really meant)?

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What a speculation firestorm Gary and MJ started talking about the END of 25,000 Level 1 Delta awards from Karen Zachary the Managing Director, SkyMiles Global Program Management at Delta Air Lines, in a quote from the AJC: “The 25,000 mile round-trip award fare that historically has been a standard for the airlines, I think you’re going to see that completely change,” – Karen Zachary Gary implies this means that an end to 25,000 point … Continue reading

Delta is now offering west coast 5,000 Skymiles one-way awards & 10,000 point round trips!

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No, you are not seeing things. Delta has dropped the award ticket price for some west coast short hops, including the Delta “shuttle” between LAX & SFO to just 5k each way. Yep, you can get a round trip Delta SkyMiles award for just 10,000 points all in (plus a few bucks tax). Now part of this may be due to new dynamic pricing kicking in. After all, if you happen to have a Delta … Continue reading

Swag Saturday: Weekend lightning giveaway! Delta Flight Museum passes, Delta swag & more!

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I am still working on a bunch of posts including my photos from the Delta 757 charity Jet drag. I had the fun of being on two teams. One of them was the media / press team and the other was a bunch of readers who snagged the SkyMiles Experiences spots on that team. Anyway, as part of the prize for each I was given some nice Delta swag as you see above. Also, thanks … Continue reading

Reminders: Last chance 5x on VDGCs, Less Delta TSA PreCheck, Chicago Seminars tickets & silly IdeaWorks report!

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This is my latest email inbox. Yes, I have been very busy feeding “Kate” a bunch of VDGCs that I got at OfficeMax with my Chase INK cards (Kate is the auto teller machine at Walmart for loading to BlueBird btw, and VDGCs are the $200 & $100 on sale with $20 off each $300 purchase or net $40 per transaction). As we all should know these pay out 5x points with INK cards at … Continue reading

Even more proof how utterly and hopelessly broken Delta’s award booking page is (even ONLY Level 1 partner awards don’t work).

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Delta, this year, is bragging up how great it is that you can, at long last, book more and more Skyteam partners on their amazing award booking page. Some of my fellow BA bloggers have naively even fallen for this farce and done pro-ish Delta posts saying it is a step in the right direction. Hogwash! Complete hogwash! Why? First off, I have already posted this year how unless you can find all Delta Level … Continue reading

Let’s have some fun with OFCMB seat names shall we? What it all means in real life!

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I think the only controversy that pops up on the blog more often than the value of $kuRubles (my fake name for SkyMiles or SM as an abbreviation) is the use of abbreviations. Now for those of you are new, please read the Essentials posts. For those of you who are not new, please read the Essentials posts. Listed there in E15 is a very handy Flyertalk page that has just about every frequent flyer … Continue reading