In case you missed it, e-Miles and e-Rewards are both dumping Delta as a redemption partner next year. That leaves only WhiteBoard as a survey site to earn Skymiles (once they accept you).

But it is NOT too late to get your e-Rewards out. [EDIT: looks like the pull it early] Below is the redemption chart for e-Rewards for Skymiles.

And the good news is that points will just about post instantly, so if you want to take advantage of this you should act now!

Also for e-Miles. You can redeem today and get Skymiles if you have 500 points to cash in!

And now to MQM’s. If you, still today, are not flying and are short your MQM’s goal for the year, shame on you! But, even procrastinators have a way out if you ACT FAST.

If you buy a 1 year Skyclub membership you can get 1500 bonus MQM’s that ends today with the promotion code SCMQM

All you do is login to your Delta.com account and then to go to the buy Skyclub membership. Then, as you see above, enter in the code and you should then see the below:

This is a “reasonably” cheap way of getting those 1500 missing MQM’s and enjoy the Skyclub for a year.

And if you need MORE than 1500 MQM’s to end the year, then, again if you are not up in the air right now, you are stuck paying big money for them.

You can just CLICK HERE and pay for them. Hopefully with your DELTA AMEX card as you might as well get some Skymiles when you do it as well :-)

[EDIT: Delta has EXTENDED so you can buy MQM's in JAN to count towards 2012]! “Still a little short of Diamond, Platinum, Gold or Silver Medallion® status for 2013? Through January 31, 2013″

Be safe tonight everyone! – René

 

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Without getting into the question of if the “new & improved” Delta.com web site is better or worse (I think most feel the latter), I wanted to help you find the location where your Global Entry / TSA PRE or Known Traveler Number should be as Delta makes it very had to find.

First off, if you do not have Global Entry, it is just $100 for 5 years. That is a flat our bargain for the time it saves you, and keep in mind if you get the AMEX Platinum Membership Rewards card you will get that cost rebated back to you when you pay for it with the card! When Lisa & I came back from Grand Cayman we were in Seat 1A&B and made it from the airplane door through customs and were re-screened in under 20 min (that included claiming & rechecking our bags in customs that were Priority tagged).card

Above is where to look on the back of your Global Entry card. That is the number you will want to carefully and correctly input in Delta.com. You find this by starting with “My Delta” from the home page.

Then you go to “View My Profile” tab

Then go to “Basic Info” tab and open that

Then, under secure flight passenger date click on the “edit” button on the right

Then, at long last, you can click on the drop down arrow for the “Add Redress or Know Traveler Number” so that the box will open up for you to enter. [EDIT: also be sure and check you NAME, MIDDLE NAME & LAST NAME fields are right]

Wow. That is a lot of steps and why does Delta make this so hard to find compared to the OLD way you did it on Delta.com before? The other big perk of having this is the “3 beeps” at the TSA check point when you get to go to the short line and avoid the nude-O-scope and keep your shoes on and laptop in the bag! :-) – Rene

 

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Last week my friend Greg, THE Frequent Miler, put up a post about the ethics of the game we play. There are lines he will not cross and his wife acts as his moral compass when it comes to just what he will do to earn a point or two.

I too have lines I will never cross. I will never buy something that I never intend to use and will only return. I will never knowingly, and IMO fraudulently, manipulate computer code to get a deal. I think this is both wrong and could result in very bad consequences for you, the reader. I would not sleep at night knowing I had suggested this is the best course of action and then later find out you say got FR’ed (that is “financial reviewed”) by AMEX or even worse, had Chase close your account and ban you from ever having a Chase account again (do you know how much, long term, that could cost you?)!

As far as Delta goes, some DM or PM flyers try to sell or “trade” GOLD or SILVER medallion status on ebay and other places. While you are allowed to give away the status to anyone you want, selling or “trading” it is against Delta’s rules and could result in the DM/PM having their Skymiles account closed forever and all their Skymiles wiped out as well as any booked Skymiles tickets (the same for the one buying the status too)!

So that takes me to the point of today’s post. I am a travel enthusiast. What does that mean vs. a hacker? A hacker will do all of the above. As long as it does not land him/her in jail, it is AOK; a hacker takes risks! An enthusiast, on the other hand, reads rules. They read T&C. They find out EVERYTHING they can do that is inside the accepted terms of the program. They may USE these rules in ways the organizer never ever intended the program to be used, but that is not the fault of an enthusiast. Like the famous “pudding guy”, who collected millions from buying pudding tops and redeeming them for miles, if you have followed the rules you are, in my eyes, just doing what the rules say. This is much like golf:

 

 

For those who do not know or care about golf and the rules of golf, a non-fixed item, like say a rock, not in a bunker, can be moved as a loose impediment to your swing. Tiger got a bunch of fans to move a very BIG loose impediment to his swing, the BOLDER you see above. It was not fixed, and thus could be moved. Some say that was cheating. Tiger asked the rules offical, and was told that he was following the rules.

To me, with points, same thing. There are SO many points we can all collect, make and earn that are all, in this same way, inside the rules. Sure, we could make even more doing it the other way, but why? Why take the risk? There are enough points to go around that we do not need to take the step that could result in huge penalties to us and, to me anyway, result in the sleepless night feeling dirty and that I have “done wrong”. I have NO such reservations when I can say, “all I did was follow the rules you put in place!” You know, if a program did not want us to do this or that this way, they should have put that in the T&C.

Much the same thing goes for what I will print on the blog. I have stated before, and still stand by this, that if you can reproduce it I will blog about it. Are there exceptions? Sure, there are things I will only speak about at a “DO” or “FTU”. Why? Not because blogging about them would be wrong, it is just that there are many things that you may do that will not result in the “same” outcome for you or me or the “next guy”. Or, maybe a reader has sent me something or told me something from an internal document from some company. This information can not be verified and the company will never ever say this is the rule or will point to the public T&C. So, blogging about this will result in nothing but frustration and mixed results at best! At a “DO”, there are tips that are shared that those in attendance understand they are a YMMV kind of situation.

What about “free trips”? Rick, THE Frugal Travel Guy, does not accept free trips paid for by say a hotel or airline. I am the same way. Other bloggers will take a 1st class ticket and a huge suite with no other promise that to write about the experience. I have not accepted these nor will I; I will and do accept an upgrade if I have booked a ticket or trip or room. A double standard? I say no, but others may not. I also accept free stuff from companies to give away on the blog to readers. To me if I 100% give it away to you, then that is fine by me.

So what do you think? Are you a travel hacker or enthusiast? Are there lines you will or will not cross? Are there enough points coming in that you are still earning more points that you can burn each year? You tell me (and keep in mind this blog is PG) – René

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Lisa & I are very cautious (I know funny from someone who gets 10+ credit cards each, each and every year) when it comes to spending. I live by the fact that I do not buy if I do not need. I even give to charity anything I have not used in a year or two as I doubt I will use it again and I hate feeling like a “hoarder” (well other than point cards – I do hoard those).

So when it come to cards, the amount of “spend” does matter. Sure you can buy “Vanilla” and other gift cards, and pre pay bills, but at some point you run out of “real” spending. So, with that in mind, what cards did Lisa go for and how did it go (a few days back btw)? First let’s look at her credit score BEFORE this round:

That is a nice number and one that should lead to many instant approvals. There was one card that was the most important and we will start with that.

  • Chase INK PLUS 50,000 bonus points card. – This is a no brainier (also DID NOT want to risk missing out on this offer). She has the BOLD and with an already established account, approval was instant. After $5000 in spend we will have built our family Ultimate rewards points balance back up to almost ¼ million! Grand Cayman, here we come next year again.
  • US AIR 50/40,000 bonus points card - This one also was a simple choice. 40,000 after 1st purchase and makes up for no grand slam this year. There is another link, that you could use if you  ARE  a US AIR “Chairman”  but, like my round, why risk no points when these are guaranteed (Lisa is NOT a US AIR Chairman). Result was instant approval!
  • Hawaiian Air 35,000 point card – Lisa already has the Bank of Hawaii one so why not add this one to bump her total to 70,000 that I “could maybe” (post on the way about this) use on Delta or could send to Hilton and turn her 70,000 total into 140,000 Hilton.

So my wife, like me, ends the year with 100% approvals for 2012. A bunch of points that I will recap later on. This has been another year with a TON of points and redemptions and bumps. I am just giddy about 2013 and can not wait to see what is next – how about you? – René

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Thanks to Random.org our winners for the gift cards are:

Restaurant.com $25 Card 1 is: 187 Ari K.

Restaurant.com $25 Card 2 is: 123 M.

SkyMall $25 card 1 is: 173 Sara

Restaurant.com $25 Card 3 is: 115 Mark L.

Restaurant.com $25 Card 4 is: 42 Denise L.

SkyMall $25 card 2 is: 127 Jennifer

Amazon $15 card is: 190 Mike B.

Congratulations winners and I will email you tomorrow to get your info! – René

 

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This has been a very busy week with lots of good info about the airline we love to fly! Check out what some of the blogs have been saying about Delta:

  • PM&M had a great post about Korean Air HERE
  • One Mile at a Time has a follow-up about that HERE
  • Two bloggers talk about using Delta points

View from the Wing is HERE
The Points Guy is HERE

Next a little news about Delta.

  • Pinnacle gets more time to get its act together HERE
  • Delta will make more money with the “Bundle” is HERE
  • And you should get extra Skymiles with ThanksAgain HERE

Lastly, you still have a short time (ends 9PM EST tonight)  to win some gift cards and a set of noise canceling headphones today!

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Hi Guys,

You don’t have to travel far to get a great vacation! Ever think about taking a staycation (& asking a travel agent to help with one)? A staycation is just a fancy term for spending your vacation time close to home. I have done it a few times and had so much fun! The last time, last year, was with Rene and Lisa when they had a great deal on a Priority Club PointBreaks room in Chicago!

We know Chicago very well since its only a couple of hours drive from us. We can even take the SouthShore train from our area, which is what I do with my girlfriends so none of us have to bother with driving or parking costs. My friends always have lots of ideas on what they want to do, but what if you have never been to your intended staycation city? Expand your mind beyond just spending time with the family at the hotel pool. Give your local travel agent a call and have them give you some options and book activities for you!

In Chicago, for example here is a list of things I have booked for my clients;

  • Shopping packages: the Magnificent Mile has great shopping packages with discount booklets for the shops and restaurants.
  • Inside Chicago Grand Tour: a four hour comprehensive tour which shows you all that Chicago has to offer.
  • The Spirit of Chicago: take a little cruise. Celebrate three hours on a dinner and dance cruise in the summertime along the magnificent Chicago Lakefront.
  • Land & River Architectural Tour
  • Ball Game Package
  • Theater Package
  • Then my all time favorite : The Chicago CityPass!

Here is what it includes; visit five famous Chicago attractions for one low price! Avoid most ticket lines! Includes tickets to the Field Museum including Underground Adventure, Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago (Fast Pass entry), Your choice of John Hancock Observatory (Fast Pass entry) OR Museum of Science and Industry, and your choice of Adler Planetarium OR Art Institute of Chicago. The Chicago CityPass is good for nine days from the first use.

This is a great package and some of these attraction offer kids under age 6 free or discounted admission. The CityPass allows you to zip past main ticket lines to the CityPass entrance. If you should have to change your dates the pass is good for six months after the travel date listed. The only thing to watch out for, starting at the 1st of the year, is that street parking is really going up as you can see.

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If Chicago is not your closest staycation destination, Call your Travel Agent and see what awesome things you can do close to home. Oh! you might get some more ideas by looking at our trip ! Talk to you all soon – Tamara

 

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Consumer advocate Chris Elliott put up a two part interview with Allison Ausband who is Delta Air Lines’ vice president for reservation sales and customer care. One of the questions and quotes was:

You recently changed your baggage interlining policy, so luggage isn’t automatically transferred when a customer is traveling on another airline using two tickets. Have you had any complaints about that?

No, that issue hasn’t popped up.

I commented that – really?, No complaints? And said this on Flyertalk and was criticized due to the fact that the policy has yet to start. But, this is a big deal. You can read more about baggage interlining HERE to find out just what we are talking about.

Anyway, take a look what has now popped up HERE on Delta.com (btw it looks like a typeo as 2012 should read Jan 2013):

Maybe, just maybe, Delta is rethinking this. Time will tell. Is this an issue that will affect you and your Delta travels? – Rene

 

PS – you still have time to win 1 of 7 gift cards HERE btw!

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The other day, my fellow BoardingArea.com blogger Gary from View from the Wing had a post about AutoSlash. I do not rent cars very much and just don’t think I will use the service he talked about. But what I did see was Advantage Rent A Car. This little company is owned by Hertz but has, let’s just say, not even close the outstanding reputation that Hertz has.

But, with a rate of under $7.00 a day, even under $14.00 a day with tax, for my ski trip to Denver on my Delta Reserve AMEX buy-one-get-one-free trip, I just have to try them. I have to ask (cringe). Have you readers ever had experience with these guys? Are they as bad as people are saying or will I be OK! Please let me know – René

PS – you still have time to win 1 of 7 gift cards HERE btw!

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I have a busy week with year end inventory for my real computer job & taxes etc. etc. So, how about this, I have a list of some of my best of posts for 2012. Pick the one you like best from the list (or if there is another one you like best that is fine too just tell us the post name) for chance to win:

$25 – Skymall gift card ( I have two )
$25 – Restaurant gift card ( I have four )
$15 – Amazon gift card ( I have one )

I will use random.org to pick the winners at 9-10PM Friday night the 28th EST. Please enter only once per person by comment on the blog (e-mail does NOT count) and you can only win one each of the above i.e. I will have 7 winners in all.

So here is my list for you to pick from:

  • The POST finding out what is inside my Chase card
  • People often check my POST on Delta/AF/KLM seats
  • The weekly rookie POST feature
  • The TEXT alert for deals POST & service
  • A step by step POST of how to Tweet Delta

So there are some posts I am proud of this year. I can’t wait for 2013 and to see what that will bring to our “beloved airline”! :-)

PS – if you tweet, I also have a retweet contest going today too!

 

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