SWAG Saturday: It is time to upgrade my backpack. You get one too!

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This week I finally had to let go of my old backpack. I thought I was in love with it but then I discovered the zippers were not all that strong. It had many multi-pockets, but most were too small to be useful. The handle, well, not perfect. I could go on. So time to upgrade.

This Swiss Gear one looks perfect to me. Most time I have my laptop in it’s own bag but there are times I want to have just a backpack. So this one fills that need. Plus, the pockets are all spacious. The handle is rock solid and works. I am most pleased with my upgrade.

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Now on to the SWAG Saturday part. The rules, that are almost always the same, are  HERE  so if new to the blog take a look because by commenting you are agreeing you have read the rules! Oh in addition to the very nice backpack, inside it I will include a Delta Points custom embroidered polo shirt and some other nice swag as well (and some HOOU coupons too)!

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Then what do I need from you this week for a shot at this nice travel package? Let’s just make it a quick and simple YES or NO answer to this question (but you can comment more if you like).

Did you know that the free bag fee waiver, from the Delta AMEX Gold card, for you and up to 8 more traveling with you, does NOT require you to pay for the ticket with your Delta AMEX Gold card to get the perk? Yep you can pay with any other card like your Barclay’s Arrival+ card to pay yourself back with points and still get the free bag perk (just make sure your Delta AMEX Gold shows up on your My Delta.com page)! – René
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Announcing the 15,000 Delta MQM winner for SWAG Saturday! It is…. (was it you?)!

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First off, thanks all  700+  of you who took part in this week’s SWAG Saturday! I think I will have to do this every year and this was FUN!

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Now to our winner via random.org #7 who is Jeffrey Smith. I have sent over the MQMs to him and he tells me:

“You sir, are one special person. Thank you for all you write about and help educate us newbies!”

Happy to help Jeffrey and thank YOU for supporting the blog. I hope you make your goal of reaching Diamond this year!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for another round of SWAG Saturday! – Rene
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SWAG Saturday: 15,000 FREE Delta MQMs up for grabs to a reader this week!

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If you are going to talk the talk you have to walk the walk, right? Most long time readers know I hold, not just one, but  TWO Delta AMEX Reserve cards  (one business and one personal) and have held one of them since the late 1990’s. Why? Hello – MQMs! You see, with that card ONLY you can, via qualified spending, earn 15,000 bonus Delta MQMs for reaching the $30,000 mark and again at the $60,000 mark and then I can choose to keep those MQMs or give them to whomever I want to. I want to give them to ONE reader this week!

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Now the RULES for SWAG Saturday are the same each week so if this is your first visit be sure to look HERE as I would hate for anyone to be disqualified. Also by commenting you are agreeing you have read the rules! Lastly, there will only be ONE winner picked late on Friday 22AUG2014, but you can earn your own 15,000 MQMs very simply as currently AMEX has a 15,000 bonus MQM offer (OFFER EXPIRED) with the Delta AMEX PLATINUM card (limited time offer btw)!

So what do I need from you for a chance to win the very special prize? First you MUST understand what I am giving away. These are MQMs or Medallion Qualifying Miles (see this rookie post for more info). You cannot “spend” these points on a ticket – they ONLY help you to attain elite status with Delta, but if you don’t have at least $2,500 in MQD spending (or are MQD exempt) they will do you no good!

Next, I want you to comment below on the blog what you like about Delta. It can be anything at all just something you like about Delta Air Lines! Have fun – René
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Tonight’s SWAG Saturday winner of the Award Booking Service session is….

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Congratulations to this week’s SWAG Saturday winner, that is, #11 via Random.org and that is Brian H. who says: “I would use it for a trip to Bora Bora.”

Wow that sounds like fun. I cannot wait to hear the report about how Adam and Juicy Miles does at finding you those seats with your miles. I will forward your email to Adam and have him get in touch with you soon!

Be sure to check back tomorrow because, as mentioned, on tap this week will be the 15,000 Delta MQMs that could just put you over the top to that next medallion level!- René
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SWAG Saturday: A FREE award booking up for grabs!

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If you look at my multi-part trip report flying Lufthansa you may say “how did he find that route”. Or, if you are having a hard time even using the “E7″ Essentials links to find the flights you want on Delta, you may need to think about help from Adam, my recommended award booker.

I have a detailed post  HERE  you can look at to find out just what he and Juicy Miles does. For those who don’t want to or have the time to search for the perfect routes, let his service do it for you.

Anyway, this week you have a chance to win a FREE* award booking  [using your points]  from Juicy Miles (*Round the World trip bookings are NOT included). The rules for SWAG Saturday are HERE if you have never seen them. I will pick the winner late Friday evening on the 15th.

For a chance to win, all you have to tell me is where in the world you would want to visit if you were to use Juicy Miles to book your trip by commenting on the blog below in this post! Have fun – René

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This week’s Delta Points SWAG (2) winners are…

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First let me say congrats to this week’s 2 winners #33 –  Emman and #15 –  Michael H.(oldfox)! I will contact you soon to find out what size Delta Points polo shirt you want as well as the other SWAG.

Now tomorrow I am working on something special and for next week something VERY special. I hope to have a big announcement soon and to celebrate that news I am planning on giving away, get this:

15,000   Delta   MQMs

 

Yep, you saw that right. My plan is to give away the 15,000 bonus MQMs I got from meeting my $60,000 spend on my  Delta AMEX Reserve card again this year!  So stay tuned so you don’t miss out. – René

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SWAG Saturday: All Delta Points swag this week!

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This week is all about Delta Points swag. Rather than just a T-shirt this week you have a shot at a custom embroidered Delta Points polo shirt as well as a phone holder and luggage tags.

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We are also back to the old normal rules to swag by and if you have not ever seen them they are here. The only kicker this week is I will pick 2 winners on Friday some time.

So what do you need to do for a chance to win? Super simple, you just need to comment on the blog below and let me know how you found Delta Points blog the first time. – René
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This weeks GOLD & DIAMOND Delta 40 year service pin SWAG winner is..

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Congrats to this weeks GOLD & Diamond Delta 40 year service pin winner via Random.org winner #288 who is reader Atif! I will contact you soon to get your prize on the way!

Be sure to check back tomorrow as it is all about Delta Points custom SWAG with two winners with a chance to win. – René
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SWAG Saturday: Want a set of 14k Gold Delta wings with Diamonds?

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This week, since I am at the home of our beloved mothership, that is, Atlanta, and am going to enjoy a tour of the Delta museum with readers today, how about we giveaway something extra special.

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I know when I was a kid it was really fun to get a set of “wings” from the pilot. Plus, it was just super neat to sport them walking off the jet!

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Now as an adult a bit of plastic is a little less fun, even though I am still a child at heart.

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But a real, authentic, 14 Gold (gold filled I believe, that is, 14k gold over silver) with diamonds representing 40 years of service to Delta – that is kinda kool and btw these are very hard to get. It is not like you can just order these out of a catalog! :-)

So this week the “normal” rules are bit out the window. You can enter as many times as you like but you have to, with each answer, include a link to a post you like in your comment. For example, say you liked the post about the mighty schedule change. You would have to comment something like:

I liked the post about schedule changes:

http://deltapoints.boardingarea.com/2012/10/09/understanding-the-power-of-the-mighty-schedule-change-rule-with-delta-air-lines/

There you go. I will use random.org to pick the winner. As I said, enter as often as you wish, but you must include a different post link each time you comment! Clear? I will pick a winner LATE next Friday the 1st of August 2014! – René

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and this weekend as I travel
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Tonight’s Lufthansa #WorldCup 1st Class duck winner is….

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First let me say Congratulations to #22 that is Eric who is officially the winner of the Lufthansa WorldCup 1st Class duck plus his and hers 1st class kits. I will contact you soon to get your prize on the way.

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Next, let me say, that the following weeks SWAG Saturday will be even more special that this week – a lot more special. How special you ask? How about a prize that is 1/10k GOLD (silver under) with Diamonds on it. And yes it has to do with Delta. Let me just say you WILL kick yourself if you miss out next week! – René
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SWAG Saturday: #Lufthansa 1st class #Worldcup duck + His & Hers 1st class ESCADA kits!

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Wow what a fun world cup it was! It was fun to see the worldwide joy over the matches. My driver from our flight to the 1st class terminal said she was up late watching but it was so worth being sleepy to have seen the win (I on the other hand was asleep as I had a 6AM flight).

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Anyway, one of the most sought after little souvenirs from the cup days is the Lufthansa 1st class worldcup duck I got on my latest trip to Sweden. I have one (well I have two but I am keeping one). I also have both a his and hers unopened ESCADA 1st class amenity kit from my recent 1st class Lufthansa trip (you get the ones from the return trip).

So this week I will give these away tomorrow, Sunday night, thus you only have a little over a day to comment to win. Other than the drawing time, the rules are always the same and are HERE.

Then, what I need from you for a shot at winning via Random.org, is the following 3 steps.

1) Follow  @DeltaPoints  on twitter.
2) Send a tweet including the following:  @DeltaPoints #Lufthansa 1st class #Worldcup duck giveaway
3) Comment here in this post your twitter name / handle you used in the tweet.

I will also include a bunch of DeltaPoints SWAG as well if you do win. That is it, have fun and a great weekend everyone! – René
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This week’s $50 Amazon e-Gift card winner is…..

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Congratulations to #201 David who wins this week’s SWAG Saturday drawing and tells us about Hawaii:

“I have been there 3 times. Kauai is my favorite island.”

I have never been to Kauai and must make a point to go some time even if just for a Mileage “Fun Run“. Thanks and I will contact you soon to get your prize on the way.

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Now tomorrow, for this week’s SWAG Saturday, I have something everyone wants but is almost impossible to find worldwide yet you have a chance to win it. You get a tiny “squeak peak” above! – René
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SWAG Saturday! $50 AMAZON e-Gift card up for grabs this week!

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Have you ever been to Hawaii? It really is a nice place to visit. I mean from the warm breeze to the wildlife.

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Oh, then there are the tropical drinks. Who does not like a fruity drink that comes with its own back scratcher.

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The there is just laying by the pool and enjoying watching airplanes go by, about to land and bring more happy people to the islands (and take sad faced little ones away)!

Anyway, it is time for SWAG Saturday. The rules as always are here so if you have never seen them please take a peek.

Next, when it comes to getting to the islands or getting between the islands using Hawaiian points can be a very good choice. I am an equal opportunity collector of points and hold points in just about every program open to man including Hawaiian. Here are the current card deals from Hawaiian:

tiny-hawiianThe Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard®

  • Earn 35,000 bonus miles when you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days*
  • Enjoy a complimentary 1st checked bag for the primary cardmember when you use your card to purchase eligible tickets directly from Hawaiian Airlines
  • Receive a one-time 50% off a companion discount on roundtrip coach travel between Hawaii and North America on Hawaiian Airlines
  • Earn 2X miles on direct purchases from Hawaiian Airlines and 1X miles on all other purchases
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases
  • Get $100 off a companion ticket for roundtrip coach travel between Hawaii and North America on Hawaiian Airlines at each account anniversary
  • Earn 5,000 annual bonus miles after $10,000 in annual spend
  • See Terms and Conditions for details

This cards annual fee is $89/year.
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The Hawaiian Airlines® Business MasterCard®

  • Earn 35,000 bonus miles after your first purchase*
  • Receive a one-time 50% off a companion discount on roundtrip coach travel between Hawaii and North America on Hawaiian Airlines
  • Earn up to 40,000 annual bonus miles — 20k miles with $50-$99k annual spend or 40k miles with $100k or more annual spend
  • Earn 2X miles on direct purchases from Hawaiian Airlines and 1X miles on all other purchases
  • No foreign transaction fees on purchases
  • Complimentary employee cards help you earn rewards faster and control business spending
  • Easier expense tracking with a consolidated statement showing all expenses
  • See Terms and Conditions for details

This cards annual fee is $89/year.

So for a chance to win this week’s $50 AMAZON SWAG Saturday prize, that will be given away Friday night the 18th of July, simply comment on the blog and tell me if you have ever been to Hawaii and if you have visited, what is your favorite spot or place to go! Aloha – René

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Did you win the ticket to the #ChicagoSeminars 2014?

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500 “Crazy” (well let’s say passionate) frequent flyer folks will be getting together to share all their best tips to enjoy travel. How kool is that.

Well Random.org says #46 that is MSPDeltaDude is the winner of the ticket and the room! Congrats and I will contact you soon.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for another great SWAG Saturday prize! – René
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A seat at the SOLD OUT #ChicagoSeminars 2014 & hotel room Friday & Saturday night up for grabs this week! #DeltaPoints giveaway

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THE frequent flyer event each year has SOLD OUT now. Sorry if you have been waiting and now wish you had booked a ticket but I did warn you a few times here on the blog that it will sell out soon. But all is not lost!

Thanks to a very kind blog reader (thank you) I have an extra ticket to give away & I will be paying the fee to transfer the ticket from them to you. Not just that, there is MORE!

While the  host hotel is sold out  I will provide for you a hotel room Friday & Saturday night at a location VERY close by, so no need to stress about that either! Yes, you will have to make your way to Chicago, but I am taking care of 2/3rd of the event for you. How sweet is that? In case you missed it from the photo or the links above, the dates for the event are OCTOBER 17-19th, 2014.

Like the new pattern for SWAG Saturday, the drawing will be this coming Friday. Now unlike most other SWAG Saturdays there are some conditions. Please ONLY take part if you are SURE you can go as I hate to see this go to waste.

If you already have a ticket you can not win – give someone else a shot!

This week there will be some work to win but it is a really kool prize; if you win you will learn so much over the weekend it will CHANGE your travel life as you know it. So, for a shot to win I need you to:

1. Follow DeltaPoints on Twitter

2. Send a Tweet that includes:

#DeltaPoints #ChicagoSeminars 2014 giveaway

3.  Comment here on the blog on this post what your twitter name / handle you used to tweet about the drawing!

I will then match up your comment and tweet and use a Random.org (or another similar site) to pick the winner on Friday 11th of July. If you don’t have a twitter account here is how you do that. Please only one entry per person per twitter account. If your family all tweet, they can all enter once too but I only have one ticket to give away! Have fun and hope to see you in Chicago in October – René
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