SWAG Saturday: 99.95 pure PLATINUM BAR up for grabs this week!

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Last week I gave away a 1 gram solid GOLD bar. This week we step UP the elite chain and how about a 1 gram PLATINUM bar as a giveaway!

First, as always, the rules, are HERE and do not change from week to week (well most weeks that is). By commenting you are agreeing you have reviewed them! Next on to what I am giving away.

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Since we are talking about Platinum, how about we look at the non-Delta PLATINUM AMEX card. I hold this card and the rewards, especially year one, are huge! Take a look at this card:

The Platinum Card® from American Express

  • Earn 40,000 points after you spend $3,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
  • Up to a $200 Airline Fee Credit Annually.
  • To receive the statement credit, you need to select a qualifying airline.
  • There are no foreign transaction fees with purchases made on your Platinum Card.
  • Platinum Card Concierge is your personal resource to help secure a last minute restaurant reservation, or shop for a hard-to-find gift.
  • Terms & restrictions apply.

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Personally, I simply buy Delta e-Gift cards before 31DEC each year and then after 1JAN each year as the $200 for Airline Fee Credit Annually is per year not per YOUR year you have the card. I also love the $100 credit for getting my Global Entry every 5 years and the free TSA Pre check that comes along with it. Oh, then I may have just mentioned it does get you into the Delta Skyclub as well as the amazing Centurion lounges.

So for a shot at winning this week’s solid 1 gram PLATINUM bar all I need from you is to tell me what your favorite perk with the AMEX Platinum card is? – René
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This week’s SWAG Saturday GOLD BAR winner is…. #97 (is that you?)!

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Wow there was a lot of interest in this week’s giveaway and some really good comments from nearly 300 readers! I thank you all for the input.

First let me congratulate, via random.org, #97 that is, Cathy Mayfield who is this week’s winner. Cathy said, regarding the Delta FAs handing out  Delta AMEX GOLD  card forms:

It didn’t bother me, but I have noticed that its one less annoyance in the time before deplaning. It seems that there is so much chaos in boarding and deplaning nowadays. Maybe its just the sheer numbers of passengers. I did not realize that FA’s were compensated and that it would be yet another blow to their income.

And this was much the feeling of most readers. Most, like me, were not really bothered by it that much. We did not know that FAs got a commission rather than Delta making the money on the forms.

We ARE, however, VERY annoyed about the LOUD and frustrating (nonturnoffable <— is that a word?) IFE ads that Delta is now running pre-flight, pre-movie, pre-landing and pre-everything! Nothing like taking something we were not all that upset with and trading it for something we despise! #KeeepDescending worthy, dear Delta!

Stand by for a slightly delayed new SWAG Saturday up later today as I was up rather late chatting with amazing readers last night at the Chicago Seminars sharing all my neat tips I have that makes flying Delta just that much more fun! –  René

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SWAG Saturday: 24k GOLD BAR 999.9 fine up for grabs!

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I fly Delta a lot; last month REALLY a lot (40k in a month was maybe a bit much). I get very accustomed to the “routine” of flights. You know, welcome aboard, would you like a pre-flight drink, safety demo, what would you like for lunch, another drink?, before landing would you like an application for the Delta AMEX Gold card? Er, wait, that last bit, it’s GONE!!!

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Yep it appears Delta has cut out the ability for FAs to hand out AMEX card applications, with their code on the app for us to fill out. How big a deal is this? I was shocked to learn many make thousands of dollars a year from these!

It did not surprise me to see this change as the AMEX rules have tightened up a ton recently. Plus, as a Diamond Medallion, I am part of a Delta focus group and this very topic has come up a bunch in the past. Personally, I did not mind it and I would rather have them do it at the end of a flight than the screaming ads on the IFE that you can NOT mute pre-flight.

Anyway on to this week’s SWAG Saturday. The rules, since I have to tell you, are HERE and do not change from week to week (well most weeks that is). By commenting you are agreeing you have reviewed them! Next on to what I am giving away:

1 gram gold bar

Since we are talking all about GOLD and the Delta AMEX GOLD card why not give away a solid 24k GOLD bar. Yeah, it is a small one (only 1 gram) but it is 999.9 solid gold and, maybe worth even more, a bunch of Delta Points swag will be included as well.

All I need from you is a comment about FAs giving out Delta AMEX forms. Did it bother you? Did you know they made a nice chunk of change by doing so personally? Just some kind of feedback on the change or even if you noticed it was now gone! – René
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This weeks SWAG winner is… #44 (is that you?)!

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First let me congratulate Kelly who is random.org #44. Kelly said:

“I expect an iron, I ironed my shirt at the Marriott, before, I checked out this morning.-posted from the C Skyclub at ATL”

Thanks for your input. I will contact you soon and get your prize on the way to you.

Also thanks all for your input on just what you hope to see in a hotel room. I have to tell you I am seriously thinking about tossing in a travel dryer in my backpack. Will think on it.

BTW please be sure to check back tomorrow for the new week’s SWAG as I am giving away a 24k GOLD BAR. Oh yeah! – René
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SWAG Saturday: How important are hotel dryers & irons for your stays?

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In the wall, under the sink, in a bag, in a drawer, somewhere “hidden” or at the front desk (tip – you have to ask for them at the “F” Skyclub before you shower) one is almost always somewhere. My wife and I used to travel with a small portable hair dryer for each trip, but it seems, as of late, all the places we stay have had a dryer.

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Having said that many times the units are so beat up and old (and not always that clean) that it may be time to rethink that choice. One thing I rarely ever need is an iron, but being a married man for 25+ years I know many times a skirt needs that final touch after being crammed into a bag for a long trip.

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So that brings us to this week’s SWAG Saturday giveaway. As is the case each week, the rules are HERE and by commenting you are agreeing you have looked them over.

What I want to know is how important these little devices, i.e. a hair dryer, an iron or some other practical device you need and expect to see in a room (or do you expect to see them there as well)? Tell us what you think for a shot at a pair of GoGo in-flight single use passes as well as some Delta HOOU coupons to enjoy on your next flight! Plus a custom Delta Points POLO shirt and more! – Rene

PS – All reports are the INK Plus 70k offer is ENDING SOON!

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This week’s SWAG winner of $50 of gift cards is… (is it you?)!

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Congrats to this week’s winner #120 that is gREG Z! I will contact you soon to get your prize on the way to you soon.

As to the votes on the US Air card, that is soon to go away, I used my US Air points to fly American 1st class (most of the way that is) to visit the House of Miles in Colorado and for the annual fee and a little spend got real value and a great comparison of American vs Delta. But more on that soon.- René
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SWAG Saturday: $25×2 Gift Cards this week – Amazon & Starbucks!

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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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Tonight’s SWAG Saturday Swiss Backpack & Amazon CASH winner is…

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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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SWAG Saturday: OPEN Saturday + One more Swiss backpack & Amazon cash up for grabs.

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This week, since I am having an all BAcon weekend of fun, I wanted to open up the SWAG day to something really fun as well. Up for grabs is my last Swiss Gear backpack and the monthly Amazon cash I have received.

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But first the picky stuff. Each week the rules are HERE and by commenting you are agreeing that you have looked at the rules and agree with them.

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Then on to this week’s question. Well really a question for you to share with me. This week it is an open forum. Ask a question or say something fun or just say hello! Thinking about what credit cards to go for before year end? Anything you comment counts as your entry this week for a shot at this week’s swag via random.org!

Then this Monday I will pick some of the question ones and answer them on the blog! – René

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SWAG Saturday: This weeks winner of $50 Delta e-Gift card is…

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Congratulations to Ed Jenkins who is #58 this week’s SWAG winner. Thanks for taking the time to be a part of SWAG Saturday and I will contact you soon with your prize.

Also thanks for all the input and I do appreciate the input as this shows Delta is, other than when REAL weather happens, they are on time more than most of the other airlines! Personally I have to say I can with full confidence book any kind of crazy flights and I know Delta is going to get me there on time – or – they will do what it takes to fix it.

Be sure to check back tomorrow as my last Swiss Backpack is up for grabs plus a nice Amazon gift card as well will be included! – René

 

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SWAG Saturday: $50 Delta e-Gift card up for grabs this week!

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Today I am on the ground after two weeks of flying, when I am adding it up, almost 30,000 miles with Delta and Skyteam. There is a TON to share, but one of the most interesting bits to me is that almost all of the flights were mostly on time (i.e. give or take 5-15 minutes). I did not miss-connect on ANY of my flights (yes, I had to run to make a few of them)!

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So as I work on my trip reports and a bunch of other fascinating discoveries from this latest round of MEGA Delta flying I want some input from you as a fellow Delta flyer for a shot at winning a $50 Delta e-Gift card. The rules, if you have never seen them are HERE and by commenting below you are agreeing that you have reviewed them.

Then, on to what I need from you. Delta brags about it’s on-time record and often times is at the very top of national rankings for on-time performance. So tell me, and this does not need to be an UBER scientific breakdown, just your thoughts personally with your flying, do you feel YOUR Delta flights have mostly been on-time? Feel free to expand on your comments, but the basics is all I would like from you this week! – René
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This week’s SWAG Saturday Swiss Backpack winner is…

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Congratulations to #121 that is PCB who says: “Use something like a Pelican case when checking luggage. Waterproof, hard to damage, and it floats!”

Nice tip PCB as well as so many more! I am going to have to review just what I fly with and make some adjustments thanks to your ideas.

Be sure to check back tomorrow when a $50 Delta e-Gift card is up for grabs! – René
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This week’s SWAG Saturday Amazon $60 e-Gift card winner is…

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Congratulations to #48 that is ErinP. I will send you the code for the Amazon e-Gift soon.

Now on to the results. I asked if international fees were an important issue for you and if they would basically be a deal breaker. The results told me:

  • 86% said YES
  • 14% said NO

Now to be fair most of those who said it did not really matter to them said so because they did not travel outside the USA. That is a good reason not to care, but for the rest of us it really does matter as those fees can be HUGE.

AMEX, I have seen, made the choice with the Delta AMEX cards that is, to remove the fees as of 1MAY2014, to help convince you to keep the card always in your wallet. I can tell you that I personally just about NEVER used my Delta AMEX cards outside the USA due to the fee pre-1MAY2014 but now do use them more and more. I think any card that does still have the fee needs to rethink that choice.

Have a great weekend everyone! – René
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SWAG Saturday: $60 Amazon e-Gift card up for grabs this week!

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Let me thank readers who happen to click my Amazon link as I love to each month give 100% of the proceeds back to one reader and this round the total is just over $60 bucks! As always, the rules for SWAG Saturday are HERE so be sure to check them out if you have never taken a look as by commenting you are agreeing you have done so.

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Now on to this week’s post to see just who will win via Random.org next Friday some time. The other day I got in my in-box an e-mail from Barclay’s about my Arrival+ card reminding me that they have no international transaction fees (I think they are watching my spending abroad).

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But you know AMEX Delta cards, as of 1MAY2014, also offer no international transaction fees and I am seriously working on my next $30,000 in spend on my personal Delta AMEX Reserve card to get another 15,000 MQMs (I may have to keep this next round rather than give them away on the blog). Plus, to be frank, the bonus deal that AMEX has on it’s Delta Gold & Platinum cards is higher than what Barclay’s is offering. But I digress.

On to my question to you for a shot at the $60+ Amazon e-Gift code. Do cards that offer NO international transaction fees matter to you? That is, are they enough of a deal breaker that you will pull another card, maybe one you really would rather not use, but do so to avoid the fee? YES or NO will be enough of an answer’ but feel free to comment more if you would like to share with readers! – René
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SWAG Saturday winner + Shocking survey results! 63% did not know Delta AMEX card facts!

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First let me say congratulations to our Random.org winner #216 that is Marvin. I will contact you soon and get your Swiss Gear backpack and other goodies on the way soon. Now on to the shocking results:

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A full 63% of readers responded they did not know that just holding the Delta AMEX Gold (or Platinum or Reserve card for that matter – personal or business) results in a free bag for you and up to 8 more on the same reservation. In other words, you can pay for the ticket with another card like the Barclay’s’ Arrival+ card should you want to and STILL get the free bag perk. Now what you DO want to make sure of is that your Delta AMEX card does show up on your “My Delta” page as you can see above from my page.

Additionally, as many did point out in the comments, paying with the Delta AMEX card does give you 2x points. However, as I have talked about before, a better choice would the NON-Delta AMEX Premier Rewards Gold card that will give you 3x points for airline tickets you buy direct on Delta.com and you can send over those points 1 for 1 to Delta Skymiles should you choose to.

The bottom line is each Delta AMEX card gives you different perks. Most of them you get just by holding the card. Others you do need to use the card to get the benefit (like the extended warranty plan for making purchase with the card). Do take the time to look at ALL the perks before you choose a card so you are getting the best one for YOU! René

PS – Be sure to check back tomorrow as a $60 Amazon gift card is up for grabs!

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