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As a Delta flyer, I spend a lot of money on my Delta AMEX Reserve card to get my MQMs each year. But after that, there are a bunch of things that I just autopay with my Chase Ink Plus® Business Card because of the 5X bonus it gives me! For example, I auto bill each month:

  • My Sprint Cell bill
  • My Comcast TV/Internet bill
  • And when I pay for office supplies!

With these three alone I am able to collect a nice amount of points each and every year. I always have my Chase Ink Plus® Business Card in my wallet and it has a “comfy” spot always.

Now that is just for normal use! Look at what Chase is offering that matches, as far as I know, their highest public offer to date:

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  • Limited Time Bonus Offer: Earn 70,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s $875 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards.
  • Named “Best for Travel Rewards for Small Business” MONEY® Magazine, October 2013
  • Earn 5X points per $1 on the first $50,000 spent in combined purchases at office supply stores and on cellular phone, landline, internet and cable TV services each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 2X points per $1 on the first $50,000 spent in combined purchases at gas stations and hotel accommodations when purchased directly with the hotel each account anniversary year.
  • No foreign transaction fees.
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading frequent travel programs with no transfer fees.
    $95 Annual Fee
  • Terms & restrictions apply.

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That is an amazing value! To get $875 in travel value by earning 70,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening is a nice offer worth considering if you own a small business or are a sole proprietor and can use this card.

Can you get this offer again? If you have more than one business you can get one for each business or if you have not received the bonus for more than 2 years you should qualify again.

I have the Chase Ink Plus® Business Card. I use this card. I hold this card. It is a great value to me! – René
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It all seemed like such a good idea at the time. What did? Oh booking 40,000+ miles of flying Delta in September. I kid mostly and it did work out just peachy! But September was more than JUST fly so let’s take a peek at what else this happened month?:

➥ Preparing for the #DestructionOfSkymiles #DOS!

➥ Delta NEWS day

➥ Rookie Wednesday: What if? Do you know the Delta rules?

➥ Boyne = great golf but #Fail on award program changes!

➥ Before you go venting on social media, try to fix it yourself please!

➥ What are the DUMBEST things you can do to get free Delta travel?

➥ Why are so many Delta “partnerships” so strange and strained nowadays?

➥ An 18,000+ point Delta Mileage Run: The planning of the run

➥ Rookie Wednesday: What is the “perfect” travel “stuff”? Here is mine

➥ An 18,000+ point Delta Mileage Run: Positioning to LAX the start city

➥ My first test with Delta Studio – “A swing and a miss”!

➥ An 18,000+ point Delta Mileage Run: A review of the SPG Sheraton LAX

➥ My choice of two premium AMEX cards & one for Skymiles 2015

➥ A 18,000+ point Delta Mileage Run: Skyteam Lounge hopping.

➥ Rookie Wednesday: Medallions, how to avoid Delta’s SHENA!

➥ An 18,000+ point Delta Mileage Run: The run to Sweden & embracing Delta coach

➥ The Palazzo IHG Las Vegas Nevada – Delta Points review #BAcon2014

➥ Reader guest post: Ever been upgraded & then downgraded by Delta?

➥ An 18,000+ point Delta Mileage Run: The KLM coach experience & run from Sweden

Interesting developments with Skymiles award ticket sale

➥ 99 Days till #DOS – Why #Skymiles2015 will be horrid for EVERYONE!

➥ Rookie Wednesday: Be “quick” to get the best Delta seats that are blocked!

➥ Dear Delta – Can you please look at my Delta wish list? :-)

➥ An 18,000+ point Delta Mileage Run: Boardroom vs Skyclub LAX

➥ Reader guest post – Virgin Atlantic Flight from London to Chicago

➥ An 18,000+ point Delta Mileage Run: Final thoughts & costs

I am so excited to see so many old and new faces at the Chicago Seminars coming up in a few weeks! It is always a great time and event year after year. Also, we all know time gets away from us so be sure to take a look at JanuaryFebruaryMarch,  April,  May,  June,  July  & August’s newsletters to catch up if there are posts you have missed out on! – René
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An 18,000+ point Delta Mileage Run: The planning of the MEGADelta run – Part 1
An 18,000+ point Delta Mileage Run: Positioning to LAX the start city – Part 2
An 18,000+ point Delta Mileage Run: A review of the SPG Sheraton LAX – Part 3
An 18,000+ point Delta Mileage Run: Skyteam Lounge hopping in LAX – Korean Air lounge LAX & more? – Part 4
An 18,000+ point Delta Mileage Run: The run to Sweden & embracing Delta coach travel – Part 5
An 18,000+ point Delta Mileage Run: The KLM coach experience & the run from Sweden – Part 6
An 18,000+ point Delta Mileage Run: Alaska Boardroom LAX vs Delta Skyclub & flight from LAX home – Part 7
An 18,000+ point Delta Mileage Run: Final thoughts, cost & more – Part 8

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What was flying 18,000+ miles in less that a week like? It was tiring, but it really was fun overall. I mean I got to spend a day with mom and that is just about priceless to me. Beyond that, all the fun stuff along the way was just a treat. Just take a look.

I got to spend a few days with my friend Lars-Erik who shares my affinity for all things Scandinavian. Both of us got to visit the new LAX International terminal and all it has to offer including almost getting denied access to two lounges (gotta love seamless Skyteam travel).

I was, as I am flight after flight, more and more impressed with Delta as a well run airline. The people, the product, the food the appreciation and respect for medallions – there truly are not enough good things or posts I can say about Delta in this regard. If you value these kinds of things, then you want Delta as your airline of choice!

I was intrigued and impressed by KLM’s regional partner. In fact, I often am each time I take them back and forth between AMS & GOT. And sharing the regional love, Delta’s partners do a good job as well considering the crummy CRJ200′s many of them have to work with.

I wish Skyteam lounge folks (i.e. NOT Delta), on both sides of the pond, were a little more helpful than they are. I like the lounges themselves and the amenities, but the people – well – they could be a bit nicer when they say NO (they always say no, fyi)!

The first question I had to answer was, how do I get to LAX? Time to break out the old FlexPerks points and find a flight for under 20,000 FlexPerks points, that is a ticket under $400 to LAX. South Bend was 30k. Same goes for Kalamazoo (those two are my nearest airports). Grand Rapids was the winner and I had never been there so why not give it a shot even though it was a 2 hour drive to the airport (vs. the less than 45 minutes for SBN). As I have shown you before my MAX out of pocket cost for a 20k FlexPerks ticket is just $94 so I will use that number for my fixed cost. Let’s also add $26 for gas (this probably is too high but that’s OK).

I used points to stay at the Sheraton both pre/post run so no cost there other than the value of the points, but not going there.

Then we have the run. Now this is how I do my travel math (again not saying this is the right way or wrong way to do it, but just how I do it). When I take a bump and get say $400 I don’t count it right away – I count it when I spend it. So, for this run, the ticket was $567-400 voucher that I had, thus I was down to $167 to pay. I then used my Barclays’ Arrival+ card. I then used points to wipe out the charge and thus my cost for the run was net ZERO! Thus here are the final numbers for the positioning flights & the run itself:

  • I earned  in total was 18,759 MQMs
  • My net cost was just $94 or 0.5 CPM (yep 1/2 a cent per mile)
  • W/out voucher / Arrival points cost would have been 3.5 CPM
  • W/out any points at all to offset cost would have been 5.1 CPM
  • I earned as a Diamond Medallion 42,200 Skymiles
  • Net SPG points spent on two hotel nights  (-13,000)

My other costs were gas cost $26, airport bus and in town trolley ride $17. I also earned a $600 bump voucher on the way home but I will count that, as already mentioned, when I spend it. At a minimum I got $422 in further value for my Skymiles on top of the MQMs but those I will count also when I spend them. So my all in transportation costs out of pocket were $137. I had very few out of pocket food costs as I ate on board or in lounges (hotel and airline). I did get a ride to the airport in GOT from reader David so I saved a few bucks there! :-)

Another data point is that I am still weeks after flights waiting for credit for my KLM flown legs. I know from readers and FlyerTalk that I am not the only one who is waiting for long periods of time to get partner credit on many flights. I have no stress about this as I know at some point Delta will give me credit for the flights! Worst case I wait two months (i.e. 60 days) and shoot off an e-mail and they will fix it – they always do. (EDIT: Strangely, after complaining to Delta.com they all showed up in a few hours – hummm).

Some other final thoughts. Notice my run “started” in LAX or Los Angeles. Every single day I get an e-mail or comment with someone asking me to find a run from their home town (or how hard it is to find one from where they live). Guess what, this run, plus the next two I took, NONE OF THEM started from my home town. Where you live, let me say it once again, DOES NOT MATTER! My run after this one started in MIA or Miami Florida. The final one for the month in DFW or Dallas Texas. Each time I used FlexPerks points to position to the start city. How do I get so many FlexPerks points? Either via the $94 way or I apply for new cards now and then, personal and business and so does my wife who can then transfer her FlexPerks points to me to spend for positioning flights.

Another takeaway for me is I am NOT doing flights this long in coach again. The idea of one of the Asia or Australia runs in coach is NEVER going to happen for me unless I use a global upgrade certificate. As I have said coach travel is not good enough unless it is a short flight. Also, as a Diamond it is the exception I do not upgrade. Giving you a sneak peak at my other flights I ended the full month of September with 20 for 22 eligible 1st class upgrades clearing. That is 91% folks on some of the cheapest fare classes Delta sells. Had I not done some SDCs to “better” flights I would have probably missed 1 or 2 more and ended up around 81% for the full month. I will say Monday AM flights are to be avoided if you are looking for free upgrades :-)!

So there you are. I was after this, home just one day, then took a flight to Miami, run to PHX and then trip to LAS for BAcon and a flight to Dallas and a run to SAN. But more about how that went later on (it ALL went really well btw)! – René

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I VOTE YES! I have, for a long time, been a huge fan of Chris Elliott. He is the little guy & travelers’ friend. He calls out even our dear Delta when they do really dumb things (hey, I do that too ya know). He has a great team of folks that help him reach out to companies to get resolution when things go wrong and shame the companies when they don’t do “what’s right”! Sure he does not really appreciate points, but no one is perfect. :-)

Bottom line is he has a post up about should he join BA. I think it would be great and having a voice that gives BoardingArea a balance to the points side of travel would only make TEAM BA that much better. I hope you will take the time to click, read & vote YES for him to come on board (he will be in coach but he seems AOK with that). ;-)

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I got home yesterday, a day late, from my EPIC 40,000+ miles of travel for September – PHEW! I was affected by the ATC fire issue and Delta has extended the FREE waiver through the 29th, that is tomorrow, so you may want to check your plans if you are in/out of the Midwest.

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The Air France pilots issue continues to cause havoc and if you have a flight through the 30th Delta has that FREE waiver in place as well and I would REALLY suggest you look at changing over to Delta metal for your flights.

Have a great weekend everyone and gosh is it nice to be back home after a grueling month of travel – René
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If you are new to the blog you may have missed my friend Chris who joined me on a mileage run not too long ago, and who, while young, has more miles under his belt than many who have been flying for a lifetime! He ventures out into the world on his own if need be to find adventure. He asked me if I would like a trip report about his recent trip on Virgin Atlantic and since I have yet to try it I said absolutely and with lots of photos if you can. So take it away, Chris!

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Did you know Delta Skymiles members can book award tickets on Virgin Atlantic Airways without fuel surcharges? I did and I want to share with you my experience. With Delta’s recent 49% buyout of Virgin Atlantic, Skymiles members now have pretty good award space availability using delta.com. Traveling from London Heathrow LHR to Detroit DTW I found availability in “Upper class” (Equivalent to Delta Business Elite) on Virgin Atlantic through Chicago ORD.

Terminal

Heathrow has many Virgin Atlantic check in counters in Terminal T3, with only a few remaining for Delta flights. Most of SkyTeam is now in Terminal T4.

Upper Class Wing

I proceeded to the “Upper Class” elevator that took me to an exclusive security line. There I scanned my boarding pass and the doors opened for me to proceed. There was no line and within a minute I was air-side in the airport walking to the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse.

Clubhouse Map

The Clubhouse was HUGE with something for everyone. There was even a map in case you got lost! Everything off the menu from gourmet drinks to meals was complimentary.

Clubhouse Bar

They had video games, pool tables, a theater, bed-like lounge chairs and views of the tarmac, a quiet area, a luxurious spa (for an extra cost), free showers, and more. An announcement was made that my flight was ready for boarding so I finished my smoothie and proceeded to the gate.

Upper Class Seat

When I looked around the cabin, I knew right away I was on an older plane. Later in the flight I was told it was in fact their oldest Upper Class configuration across the entire fleet (A340-300) and that there were only 2 planes left not updated (just my luck). I took a risk on the Main Meal and went with the beef tenderloin. As many Delta flyers know, meal selection can sometimes be a hit or miss. This time it was a hit and I ate just about all of it, saving room for British desserts.

Main Meal

The built in IFE screen was small and had a small selection of movies with no On- Demand. As upper Class passengers however, we were given a large Samsung tablet device preloaded with about 10 movies to watch on our own time.

Upper Class Bar

One of my favorite things about the flight was the on-board bar. Located near the middle of the Upper Class section, it was fully loaded with expensive Alcohol. This is a strong and very cool selling point for it provides a great location to do work, exchange business cards, socialize, or simply stretch your legs while enjoying a drink and snacks. The crew passed out mini ice cream containers mid flight but they lacked the caramel, fudge, strawberry, and whipped topping one is accustomed to on Delta flights. A flight attendant that had served my lunch came over and chatted for some time about Delta / Virgin Atlantic things. One thing he told me was that Delta frequent flyers he talks to plan to fly Virgin Atlantic more often!

Upper Class Bed

When it was time to sleep, the FA made my bed with the push of a button. The seat flipped over and turned into a flat bed. He grabbed my sheet and blanket from the overhead bin and within a few minutes I was out cold. About 90 minutes later I woke up to my alarm and to the smell of our light pre-arrival snack.

Pre-arrival snack

They had a variety of small sandwiches and sweets that I had never seen before. I thought it was interesting that it was served on a multi-level plate. Shortly after I was done eating, the captain announced that we had been cleared for landing so I put my seat back up and stored my tray table as requested.

Overall, Virgin Atlantic exceeded my expectations. The Clubhouse lounge at Heathrow was outstanding and the flight attendants were very kind and attentive. The meal was great and I really like the uniqueness of the bar. My seat was a little uncomfortable but I understand that upgrades will be completed soon. The next time I fly to Europe on an award ticket I will consider Virgin Atlantic again. While I am still loyal to Delta, it is always nice to change it up like René did with Lufthansa!

Has anyone else had a similar experience on VA or another airline? Would you consider flying them instead of Delta? Comments and questions are always welcome. – Chris

Thanks so much Chris for a great report! I cannot wait to try VA myself soon and I am sure readers will chime in what they think of the product vs the Delta experience.- René
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I have some shocking news and I would rather no one tell Delta about it (so please keep it quiet)! :-)

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You see this week, at long last, I will be taking the final steps in upgrading the blog with a visit to the HOM or the home of Boarding Area the “House of Miles” in Colorado. It will mean improvements to the blog like faster loading time, and like over at DeltaMileageRun blog, when you click on photos it will open up a full screen box with click right and left to see all the photos in a post! But that is not really shocking right?

First let’s get the rules out of the way. They are HERE each week and by commenting you are agreeing you have reviewed them.

Then on to the part I don’t want Delta to know about – I am flying American Airlines to COS or Colorado Springs this week! I know, I know some will yell I am cheating on my beloved Delta. Well here is the deal folks, as most of you already know, the Barclay’s US Air card gives you 40,000 bonus points and that card will soon no longer be available. You can use US Air points to book on American and that is what I did (in business class for low level points). Plus, I will get yet one more visit to the AMEX Centurion Lounge, thank to my non-Delta AMEX Platinum card, both inbound and outbound!

So my question to you is a simple one – in your next round of cards – will you be trying for the US Air card before it goes away (or have you already done so)? Yes or No answer is all I need but as always feel free to comment more if you like. – René

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First off, let me congratulate Jeff who is, via Random.org, winner #36 who says:  “Enjoy reading your blog!”

Well thank you, Jeff for reading and thank you all for so many great questions. Now that I am almost done flying 40,000 miles this month I will play catch-up and cover many of your questions in posts in October.

Also, since I am delayed traveling due to many canceled flights today, tomorrow’s SWAG Saturday will be slightly delayed but will post at some point tomorrow! – René

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An 18,000+ point Delta Mileage Run: The planning of the MEGADelta run – Part 1
An 18,000+ point Delta Mileage Run: Positioning to LAX the start city – Part 2
An 18,000+ point Delta Mileage Run: A review of the SPG Sheraton LAX – Part 3
An 18,000+ point Delta Mileage Run: Skyteam Lounge hopping in LAX – Korean Air lounge LAX & more? – Part 4
An 18,000+ point Delta Mileage Run: The run to Sweden & embracing Delta coach travel – Part 5
An 18,000+ point Delta Mileage Run: The KLM coach experience & the run from Sweden – Part 6
An 18,000+ point Delta Mileage Run: Alaska Boardroom LAX vs Delta Skyclub & flight from LAX home – Part 7
An 18,000+ point Delta Mileage Run: Final thoughts, cost & more – Part 8

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I had planned for quite a while to spend some time at both of these clubs but due to my bumpertunity from the night before, time was now short. That left me just enough time to run in to the Delta Skyclub.

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Notice that it was jammed as it always is (I see that $29+1 upcharge for AMEX Reserve card holders is having such an impact).

breakfast choices at LAX Skyclub

We have the new and improved breakfast fare fully in place and I will say the new bagels are a big step up from the old little ones. I would love to see some kind of meat plate, then with the hard boiled eggs you could actually assemble your own breakfast sandwich. Ah to dream.

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Then over via the “gerbil tube” that is, underground connector, over to the T6 from the T5 concourse and the elevator up to the Alaska club to compare.

Breakfast choices Alaska boardroom LAX airport delta points blog

As you can see we have similar if not maybe more sparse choices. Yes, some pastries that Delta does not offer but that was about it. Until you look right and see:

pancake machine alaska boardroom lax delta points blog

Ah yes, the old 1 button pancake machine (btw Alaska, I don’t think pancakes are a ‘baked’ food) that Delta did test market for us back in April but like massage, chili and tiny sandwiches “we” i.e. member feedback must have indicated we did not want those kinds of things!

Alaska boardroom LAX airport delta points blog

The one big difference between the two clubs is space. The Alaska club was basically empty as you can see. So if you want quiet and space maybe a walk over would be worth it.

Then it was time for my return flight back east to DTW to enjoy lunch and then, really funny enough, the same crew I had from ATL to LAX just this time the group in the front of the plane took care of me not the crew in back. Both were very good and I enjoyed the ride. I again had a Delta burger and it was good again.

On the ride home I fired up the reliable GoGo and if you recall my wife was picking me up in GRR about 2 hours away from home. I really would like to go to SBN but that kind of change would be a tall ask. AZO maybe about 1 hr closer.

I tweeted to DeltaAssist and they said they could put it in but the Skyclub would have to have the final OK. No problem on landing I popped in and they approved the change.

I then headed over to the other Skyclub in DTW, that is, where the regal jets live on the B/C side. As I was walking I checked the flight and it went from on time to a BIG delay. By the time I got to the Skyclub I found out they had no pilot and it was looking bad to fly at all.

RATS! (And I thought I was so smart)!

I then asked, with that kind of delay and issue can I switch to SBN that departs in 30 min. She said you are OK with SBN? I said sure if there is room. Deal done, text to wife, and I am boarding my flight to SBN!

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I have to truthfully admit this was the only time I have EVER been overjoyed to have the non-recline last seat on a CRJ200.

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I have to say the Delta folks were great about all of this and it shows you have to be ready to roll with the punches when they hit you while traveling.

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All in all it was a very long trip / run / adventure. But more on my reflections as well as the final costs and how I paid for it all. As a little hint, my largest cost turned out to be the 99SEK bus ride from GOT into town :-) – René

 

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We all have our own wish lists. I mean, one of my biggest ones is that they actually build my Elio that I have put a deposit down on (I am so far down the list I bet it will be 2 years before I get mine, but still)! I have my frequent flying travel wish list like getting to one day go back and spend yet another full day in the Lufthansa 1st class terminal in FRA (gosh that is nice)!

But what about a Delta wish list? Oh sure, you are saying in your head right now things like, FIX the award page and a bunch more (I would be saying the same thing so don’t feel bad)! But truly there are a bunch of minor-ish things Delta could, if they wanted to, fix that would be HUGE for us on a day to day basis as Delta flyers. Plus ones that should not cost them an arm and a leg considering it is all about the $$$ nowadays! Take a look at my list and feel free to comment on your wish list – just please keep it “real” that is, things you know Delta really could fix if they want to. Here we go:

1) Display Delta e-Gifts in “My Delta” – How hard can this be? Truly. I don’t know about you but whenever I buy a Delta e-Gift I go ahead and both print a paper copy and I save it digitally because it sure does not show up in My Delta on Delta.com. One would think it would not be all that hard when you get one to either automatically, or at least manually, allow this to be added so we don’t have to keep track of them.

2) Alerts on seat changes – This maybe should be my number one on the list as there are few things that make me more crazy than seeing my “perfect” seat go away due to whatever that Delta does. I mean if they can alert me about Hertz promotions surely they can alert me when they move me on a jet days or weeks before flight?

3) Alerts on schedule changes – This is one of those sometimes you get an alert sometimes you don’t. Since they clearly have the capacity to sometimes alert you/me why not make it a consistent thing and a right away thing so we can know! This just matters so much and for those of us who know, it opens up the outstanding chance to adjust our flights with the mighty schedule change rule!

4) MQD credit for extra spend – There are so many things we can, well not me, but we can pay for that does go to Delta and IMO should and could count toward MQD spend. This may not seem like that big of a deal but it really is when some flyers are just on the edge of perhaps making that next medallion level of MQD spend. C’mon Delta you are getting our money give us credit at least – too much to ask?

5) Rollover MQSs – I have to say I have HUGE respect (even if I do not say it enough) for you medallions who earn your status on segments. You guys/gals are amazing. Now Delta appreciates us mileage flyers and even will make NO changes to the way we earn MQMs next year so why not show some “segment love” and allow some rollover MQSs?

6) Rollover MQD spend – Here is another one that just, to me, is a clear as day “enhancement”. I mean if you happen to spend say $25,000 on net Delta tickets should they not show some appreciation for that and allow the money over $12.500 to rollover into next year. After all, the cursed #Skymiles2015 is all about showing appreciation for those who spend the most – or is it?

7) Rollover AMEX exempt spend – Clearly this one would be amazing for me and many others. I did not put it top on my list even though to me personally it would be #1. I mean many of us run $60, $70, $80,000+ on Delta AMEX cards and it would be so sweet to rollover the spend above the $25,000 level. I mean, does Delta appreciate AMEX partner spend or not?

8) GoGo yearly pass as a Choice Benefit – This one is maybe just a tiny bit outside the “rules” I opened up with. I mean if you look at most of the Choice Benefits that Delta offers they don’t cost the company “real” money outlay, that is things like upgrade certs could possibly cost the loss of a sold 1st class seat but it is just as likely just to take away a free medallion upgrade. Either way, having the option to get a year of free GoGo as a choice would be an amazing perk!

9) Change Skybonus points to never expire – How hard would this be? I mean points that expire every 3 years even when you earn more miles! GRRRRRRR!!! I mean it is BAD when you are no better than the SAS award program EuroBonus. Truly. How hard or how much would it cost you, Delta, to make it so that AT LEAST activity resets the point expiration clock!

10) You tell me! – I think that says it all. I truly could go on all day long with this but this blog is not all about me so your turn to fill in 10, 11 & so on in the comments below on the blog (please don’t e-mail as I enjoy your thoughts but others will miss out)!

So there you are. I truly think this “wish list” is not all that unreasonable my beloved Delta – I know you all read the blog each day so please print / copy / forward this e-mail to someone who can make any of this happen! – René
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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.

the importance of checkin asap for choice of seats

I assume, you, like me, are somewhat concerned about just what seat you end up in. Those of us who fly Delta a bunch know JUST what seat on what bird (even different versions of the “same” bird) is the best one and the one we would love to have.

Delta has done a bunch of things to make it MUCH more work for us to score that seat. You see with Award Wallet, when say your KLM seats changes, it will ALERT you to this change. Well since Delta blocks Award Wallet we get NO such notice (booooo Delta). Expert Flyer is another resource Delta has pulled the plug on so no joy there either. So what can you do?

Whenever there is a schedule change your seats can get messed up. I mean JUST the flight number can change i.e. the times all stay the same but your seat gets moved due to this. Now you can use this to your advantage and “steal” another flyer’s seat that perhaps got moved or not even assigned one (they are confirmed just no seat for now or the computers have not caught up and given one to them). So, you can take the perfect seat they had ;-)

Now again, you will NOT get alerted by Delta that the above has happened (boooo Delta) nor when Delta does an equipment swap and your seat gets tossed who knows where. You need to follow DeltaPoints and preferably on twitter as many times readers alert me to changes and tweeting is faster than I can post. Anyway, you can then jump on Delta.com or your Fly Delta App and get the seats you wanted back!

So far this post really has nothing to do with the rookie title but I am at last getting to that! As you can see from the opening photo I have highlighted some seats (yeah it’s a CRJ200 – don’t rub it in). These seats, even as a Diamond Medallion who has full access to “preferred” seats could not be selected. They only opened up to me 24hrs before flight at check-in. These are often times bulkheads and such seats.

Now here is the really fun part. I mentioned 24hrs but if you have a connecting flight you can most times get access due to your first flight at the 24hr mark even though it is MORE than 24hrs for the connecting flight. So, you can get a good jump on those “perfect” seats.

Last bit of great advice is to focus on last week’s rookie Shena post. If you do not score the very last upgrade seat some other preferred seat may, very close to boarding, open up due to medallion upgrades. You will most times NOT have access to those but you can nicely bug the gate agent that if an EC or EXIT row seat opens up due to upgrades clearing could you please be moved to that one. – René
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