Delta Points February Newsletter 2015

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Gosh I am happy February is a short month as I don’t know if my heart can take many more #KeepDescending events from the mothership! At least winter is just about over, spring is on the way and just maybe March will not come in like a LION of devaluations so many of us fear. For now, here is what you may have missed:

➥ Delta GOLD Medallion status & 30,000 SkyMiles for just 8 trips promotion! For Washington, Oregon and Alaska residents!

Sheraton Dallas Hotel by the Galleria – 2015 Delta Mileage Run

➥ Delta 767-300 domestic seat review – 2015 Delta Mileage Run

➥ Rookie Wednesday: The perks and RULES of the Delta AMEX cards + Q&A

➥ Check out my interview on the “Hawk Talk” podcast – all about points, blogging & more!

➥ Delta & partner news around the inter web – Korean, Starbucks, 717, SPG & Mobile

➥ DFW Dallas / Fort Worth “E” Delta Skyclub – 2015 Delta Mileage Run

➥ How long should Delta check-in take? How about ~3 hours & 6+ reps!

➥ Is Delta Pay with Miles #KeepClimbing or #KeepDescending – Gosh some clear info would be nice once in a while from Delta!

➥ CONFIRMED! Delta will NO LONGER display award charts for award tickets! #KeepDescending move of the year!

➥ 2015 How to book low level Delta awards & saved award charts! The “old ways” still work just fine!

➥ Please understand how misleading, wrong & bogus the “all new” Delta award booking page is (and how many SkyMiles it will cost you if you trust it)!

➥ Is Delta requiring 3 weeks minimum purchase for LEVEL 1 award tickets?

➥ Gary View from the Wing calls out Delta Air Lines on Fox News about removing Award charts for frequent flyers!

➥ CONFIRMED: No Delta elite Medallion Choice Benefits before 1MARCH15

➥ Why did Delta remove the 2015 frequent flyer award chart? Could this be why?

➥ I have burned ¾ of a Million SkyMiles all at LEVEL 1 since Friday – PLEASE take notice!

➥ Delta Air Lines FACEBOOK page is HACKED – WARNING – VIRUS will load!

➥ 2015 Delta Air Lines Master list of devaluations, cuts and #KeepDescending events!

➥ Delta’s award booking “Bait and Switch” is alive & well. (So much for a working award page).

➥ American Express Centurion Lounge LAS Las Vegas – 2015 Delta Mileage Run

➥ Rookie Wednesday: A company’s IT issues can save you money!

➥ Link LIVE for 10 one time GoGo inflight pass from AMEX Platinum business cards

➥ Who would suffer MOST if Delta goes 1 SkyMile = 1 Cent? American Express Corporation!

➥ Join me on a historic flight? First scheduled 1st class Delta service from South Bend International Airport SBN – 2MARCH2015

➥ One week after #AwardChartGate – Is Delta going to get away with this? You bet they are!

➥ Delta & travel cards paid me to Ski Utah this year! Happy Bumpertunity.

➥ Delta Salt Lake International SLC Skyclub review – Delta Points blog

➥ Another blog change – I will now call SkyMiles, SkyRubles in all posts (mostly)!

➥ What is a SkyMile worth? 1/10th cent? 3/10th? Would you PAY Delta to use them?

➥ Time for my latest round of cards – I got my first NO – (will be fun to see what happens)!

2015 Chicago Seminars dates announced 16-18OCT15 – The DO NOT MISS frequent flyer event of the year!

➥ Want to change Delta’s #AwardChartGate & other crushing “enhancements”? Is Change.org the way? What WILL work is…

➥ The CLUB at LAS (big and small) – 2015 Delta Mileage Run

➥ Numbers, Google & Medallions – Just who reads DeltaPoints.com?

➥ No more Silver Medallion cards or bag tags – CPU printing only for 2015

Delta / Hertz elite promo – A case study for how to upset your target audience.

➥ Delta MGT has “lost it” – Completely out of touch with reality & loyal flyers!

➥ Final thoughts & impressions about the run – 2015 Delta Mileage Run

➥ Did you miss my live radio visit to Rudy Maxa’s World? Here is the podcast.

➥ Delta FAs are not ready for 1MARCH seating changes! Expect confusion and issues.

➥ Delta pushing hard with ANTI-Union message – at airports, online & more! – BeDeltaBeDifferent.com

➥ What is the “fastest” way to get a bunch of SkyMiles to book an award ticket?

➥ Delta award calendar charging MORE FOR MEDALLIONS on awards than non-medallions! #KeepDescending!

➥ Opinion: Delta needs to scrap SkyMiles 2015 & win back our trust. This is how to do it.

UBER + SPG combo on top of AMEX Membership Rewards = #WINNING!

➥ Delta Air Lines responds to award “pricing issue” where Medallions were overcharged!

➥ Does Delta have to honor the MONSTER NYC billboard ads or can they say anything they want?

➥ What are my favorite hotel cards? It really is all about perks and value!

➥ I take it back, I do have to talk about the new Delta FA Comfort Plus instructions sheet :-)

I will be in the air almost every day next week so be sure to say HI if you see me out and about. Safe flying everyone either on Delta or whatever carrier you have switched over to at this point! BTW just in case you happened to miss January’s newsletter, you can catch up – René

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I take it back, I do have to talk about the new Delta FA Comfort Plus instructions sheet :-)

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Last night I posted a copy of the instruction sheet that Delta has sent out to FAs, that is Flight Attendants. I said there is really nothing to say, but I take that back as there is LOTS to say now that I am fully awake. Let’s look at why. First off, it is really good Delta did something to let FAs know what they are to do. After all, training had been, up to … Continue reading

What are my favorite hotel cards? It really is all about perks and value!

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As you can see from the photo above, I hold three primary hotel cards and I use them! I use them for the points, the perks and all the other little bits that make staying away from home just a bit better (and more reasonable to afford). They are: Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express <—LINK Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature® Card <—LINK The Chase IHG Rewards Club MasterCard Let’s break these … Continue reading

Delta C+ instruction sheet to flight attendants. OY! OH, my. Enjoy?

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There really is no need to say anything but I think the mothership saw my post HERE! What do you think? Comments? Oh and please, this is a PG-13 blog so keep them clean! – René [HT to Twitter follower DSF.] . . Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express® Click HERE for more info  

Does Delta have to honor the MONSTER NYC billboard ads or can they say anything they want?

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The above photo from FlyerTalker landeej “outside the NYC Midtown Tunnel” clearly, without any fine print whatsoever, says: “Flat-bed seating available on all nonstop flights from JFK to LAX” – BOLD MINE As mentioned, I see no little star or asterisks or fine print that says that if irregular operations happen or an equipment swap, that is, another type of aircraft is flown, that you may NOT get a full flat bed seat in business … Continue reading

Delta Air Lines responds to award “pricing issue” where Medallions were overcharged!

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I have, at last, got an update from Delta SkyMiles PR representative Anthony Black who has advised me about yesterday’s award pricing issue I blogged about: “We found the pricing issue, corrected it and are now identifying the impacted accounts to refund the overcharge of miles. This was not an attempt to display higher pricing for medallion members.” I asked for additional information but this was all that was provided. The really sad part is … Continue reading

UBER + SPG combo on top of AMEX Membership Rewards = #WINNING!

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Talk about perfect timing. With the value of Delta SkyRubles going down and down each day, I find myself shifting to save much more valuable points like SPG StarPoints and AMEX Membership Rewards points from cards like the non-Delta AMEX Platinum card. Both points are valuable on their own and have tons of transfer partners. This latest cross company tie-in is really rewarding much like Delta’s Crossover Rewards. As you can see from the screen … Continue reading

Opinion: Delta needs to scrap SkyMiles 2015 & win back our trust. This is how to do it.

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My wife and I have been married a long time – almost 30 years. We rarely ever have “strong disagreements” anymore as when there is an issue we settle it quickly. But years ago, there was this one time when we were arguing and my dear bride began to see in this one case that she was flat out wrong, but she wasn’t quite ready to admit it completely. In the end she concluded the … Continue reading

Delta award calendar charging MORE FOR MEDALLIONS on awards than non-medallions! #KeepDescending!

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I think my head is going to explode. We have yet another bit of price fixing and gaming from Delta (we already know they do bait and switch with awards). Take a look at this search when I have the box “I am traveling” checked from Detroit to Chicago one-way in March. I get the “all-new Award calendar, it’s now easy to search for and see prices for Awards online” (Delta.com’s words). It shows me … Continue reading

What is the “fastest” way to get a bunch of SkyMiles to book an award ticket?

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One of the common questions I get either as a comment on the blog or via e-mail is how to quickly get some LARGE number of SkyMiles to be able to book some kind of award trip (especially in light of all the award changes going on with Delta this year). I mean, take a look at the graphic above. Even a smaller airline like Hawaiian, not only has SIMPLE, published award charts, but even … Continue reading

Delta pushing hard with ANTI-Union message – at airports, online & more! – BeDeltaBeDifferent.com

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On my way to the airport Saturday, just before my live radio spot from the “F” Delta Skyclub, I could not miss the advertising for BeDeltaBeDifferent.com on the back of the bus in front of us. Here is some web info about the site (run by Delta). Domain Name: BEDELTABEDIFFERENT.COM Registrar: WILD WEST DOMAINS, LLC Whois Server: whois.wildwestdomains.com Referral URL: http://www.wildwestdomains.com Updated Date: 28-jan-2015 Creation Date: 28-jan-2015 Expiration Date: 28-jan-2016 So this is Delta’s response … Continue reading

Delta FAs are not ready for 1MARCH seating changes! Expect confusion and issues.

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We learned back on 8DEC14 that Delta will be creating new sections on their jets. The seats are the same, but the names are new and perks will be adjusted. One of the biggest changes comes to what was called EC or Economy Comfort that will be in effect as of THIS SUNDAY the 1st of March. The perks you can (maybe) look forward to are: Dedicated overhead bin space. The problem is the FAs … Continue reading

Did you miss my live radio visit to Rudy Maxa’s World? Here is the podcast.

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Yesterday, from upstairs in the Delta “F” concourse Skyclub, I had the privilege to be back on the nationally syndicated radio show with Rudy Maxa. Rudy was asking about the ongoing shocking situation about Delta removing the award charts from the website for us to reference. If you happened to have missed that live broadcast you can hear the podcast of the part at the 33 minute mark HERE on Rudy’s site. Also, if you … Continue reading

Final thoughts & impressions about the run – 2015 Delta Mileage Run

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Planning and pricing of the run – 2015 Delta Mileage Run Sheraton Dallas Hotel by the Galleria – 2015 Delta Mileage Run Delta 767-300 domestic seat review – 2015 Delta Mileage Run DFW Dallas / Fort Worth “E” Delta Skyclub – 2015 Delta Mileage Run American Express Centurion Lounge LAS Las Vegas – 2015 Delta Mileage Run The CLUB at LAS (big and small) – 2015 Delta Mileage Run Final thoughts & impressions about the … Continue reading

Delta MGT has “lost it” – Completely out of touch with reality & loyal flyers!

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Now please understand I am in no way saying or implying that ANY of the Delta MGT people use illicit substances. However, when you look at the past week’s public statements you just have to wonder what the color of the sky is in the world they live in? #TRUTH I mean, without going into it I am still totally in shock from the geopolitical insanity of Richard Anderson’s public blunder and his NON- apology … Continue reading