Pay it Forward – we all need to do this!

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My good friend Jen had an amazing post the other day and it took me all of about 10 seconds to go HELLO! And jump all over this one.

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I was able to sign up for the promo, get a friends cell number and last four of his SSN# and paid $150 and a few days later, as you can see, got the credit back! #Winning! I hope you all check to see if you can register for this promo and then find a friend who uses AT&T and help them out (that is unless you use AT&T yourself, clearly)! Another great reason to have AMEX cards for these and MANY other deals!

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Speaking of pay it forward, in addition to today’s SWAG Saturday (I hope you have entered), I am having another flash giveaway to reward those who stop by and read the blog on weekends. I will tomorrow night LATE give away 5×5 that is 25 Delta HOOU drinks coupons graciously donated by reader Wes (thank you thank you Wes you ROCK)! Now they DO expire on 31DEC2014 so if you are not flying before then please do not enter.

Just leave a comment here on the blog for a chance to win. Want to improve your chance to win then use twitter and click the twitter button below and tweet this post and you will have an extra entry, that is I will keep clicking until I get a winner from twitter and comments and then the rest will go to blog comment only folks! Have fun – René
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Tonight’s SWAG Saturday winner is… (yeah you won before) is that you?

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It sure has been fun to see the response of how many found the blog and what tips you have enjoyed. It is also fun to see so many new and old readers taking part.

Now on to this week’s winner and it is a reader who has won before! I will again say congratulations to #75 that is Rich C who says:

“Found you on boarding area? Been lucky won a couple of your contest already!”

I guess this is number 3? I hope you enjoy the latest SWAG (you must have a collection of luggage tags by now too)! I will contact you soon to get your prize package on the way (and make sure you have not moved) ;-)

Don’t be upset if you did not win this week as I have one more round of the same prize package tomorrow! Just be sure to comment if you want to be like Rich who has WON 3 TIMES NOW! Next week it might as well be your turn :-) – René

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SWAG Saturday: $50 CASH, Tumi Kit, KLM Delft house, Delta Points Polo & more!

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Today is going to be a simple and quick SWAG Saturday and I hope a fun one for a shot to win $50 CASH, Tumi Kit, KLM Delft house, Delta Points Polo  & more!

The rules, real quick, are HERE and by commenting you are agreeing you have reviewed them. The only other add-on rule this week, since the KLM Delft house has Gin inside it, is that you must prove you are over 21 to get it full of Gin. If you are under 21 you will get it empty (& I will enjoy the Gin ;-)  )!

So on to this week’s question for a shot via Random.org to win the SWAG prize. This Monday the 17th will be the 3 year anniversary for the blog. I am not doing anything special that day as I am having fun giveaways all month! But, I would love to know what one tip or little bit of info you have learned and enjoyed from the blog over the past 3 years. If you want, you can mention how long you have been following the blog too. – René
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Tonight’s $100 Delta e-Gift card winning is… (could be you)!

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I love data. I also love to educate flyers. A vast majority of readers did know the value of Avios points, especially for short and direct AA flights here in the USA. However, it was just as lopsided the other way as most did NOT know that Chase has changed the rules so that you can get a new card bonus AGAIN if it has been more than 24 months since you got the card bonus the last time. Including the Chase British Airways Visa Signature® Card (LINK). The makes Chase cards some of the most valuable hands down especially compared to AMEX cards that has changed to one time EVER for most consumer cards.

Now on to this weeks winner. As you can see from random.org above we have Diane B. that is #89 is our $100 Delta e-Gift card winner. Who said:

1. I did not know of the value of this card
2. And I also didn’t know the card could be applied for more than once.

Congratulations Diane I will contact you soon to get your prize to you! Thanks for taking part this week and your input!

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Be sure to check back tomorrow as we have $50 CASH, a Delta Tumi business kit, a Delta Polo shirt, a KLM Delft house (with Gin if you are 21+ empty if you are under 21) and some other Delta Points swag! – René
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SWAG Saturday: $100 Delta e-Gift card up for grabs this week!

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I have a quiz question for you. Tell me, what is one of the cheapest ways to get from a Delta HUB city to a starting point for a DeltaMileageRun (or a vacation for that matter)? Unless you instantly thought “Avios Points” you guessed wrong my friend! I mean take a look at the current great offer from Chase:

 

British Airways Visa Signature® Card <—LINK

  • You will get 50,000 bonus Avios after you make $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.
  • New: $0 Intro Annual Fee The First Year, Then $95.
  • Every calendar year you make $30,000 in purchases on your British Airways Visa Card, you’ll earn a Travel Together Ticket good for two years.
  • In addition to the bonus Avios, you will also get 2.5 Avios for every $1 spent on British Airways purchases and 1.25 Avios for every $1 spent on all other purchases.
  • Pay no foreign transaction fees when you travel abroad.
  • Smart Chip Technology allows you to use your card for chip based purchases in Europe & beyond, while still giving you the ability to use your card as you do today at home.

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Now why do I say this is such a great card for these kinds of direct flights from Delta hubs? Avios is a distance based program and you can spend all the points flying on American Airlines, their partner. You can fly coach the cheapest but, for the most part, 2x coach points for business should you want to go that way. You can check cities with this handy little points calculator on the BA web site btw. Just take a look at how many trips the current 50,000 points bonus offer after spending $2000 within the first 3 months of account opening could get you starting with trips from Atlanta!

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We have seen a BUNCH of amazing DFW based mileage runs as a start point. You could make 3 round trips positioning trips (and home) to DFW from our Delta hub in ATL and still have points left over!

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Check out SLC to DFW! You are talking the same deal as your Atlanta based flyers that is 3 trips with points to spare. Well what about our cold friends to the north in Minneapolis then?

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We all know there have been some VERY nice runs out of MIA (like I have been covering as of late) and you could make two of these trips from MSP down to MIA and still have points to spare from just from the bonus points from this one card!

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Oh then there are DTW or Detroit folks. I know you can drive to Chicago if you want to and there have been some sweet deals out of Chicago but you can fly there in no time and make 5 of these round trip flights and still have Avios points left over!

All of the above to me show REAL VALUE when you are a Delta HUB captive and want another choice. Yep, you need to think Avios Points! Plus, if it has been longer that 24 months since you got these bonus points last – YOU CAN GET THEM AGAIN with the British Airways Visa Signature® Card ! (yes it will be my turn soon again)!

So this is SWAG Saturday. The rules are HERE each week so take a look and by commenting you are agreeing you have reviewed them.

What I need from you is simple – just tell me:  If you knew just how valuable Avios points can be for us Delta HUB captives? Also, did you know you can get the new card bonus AGAIN if it has been more than 24 months since you got it last. At least answer those two questions for a shot at the $100 Delta e-Gift card via Random.org this week! – René

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This weeks SWAG Saturday winner is… #71 who said:

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Well there were some interesting results from this weeks question. Many of you will be changing how much you fly Delta next year due to Skymiles2015. Others will be just sticking with our Delta. JRG who Random.org says #71 is the winner tell us:

“Will change; have miles for a ONE WAY, which I look forward to using.”

That will be a plus for us as long as the 3 for 2 award trips don’t go away at the same time. I will contact you soon JRG to get your prize to you!

OK folks, you REALLY don’t want to miss tomorrow’s SWAG Saturday. In fact since this month will be the 3 year anniversary for the blog so ALL of this months prizes will be BIGGER than ever! – René
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SWAG Saturday: Will Skymiles 2015 change how you fly? $40 in GC s & more!

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60 days to go! We only have 60 days until Skymiles2015 is here. As I have talked about before, it really will not affect me personally all that much as I can make SO many more points from Delta AMEX cards than from flying but I know for others it will have an impact.

Before I get on to that, the rules that I need to disclose each week are HERE and by commenting on the blog you are agreeing that you have reviewed them and agree.

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Up for grabs this week we have a $25 Olive Garden gift card, a $15 Subway gift car and most valuable of all a custom Delta Points Polo shirt in your choice of size (and some other swag I may just include on top of all of this)! :-)

So this week I want your input on if the changes will affect your flying. Will you still look always to Delta to fly or will you, especially due to Skymiles2015, consider other carriers. If you want feel free to share anything else about how your travel patterns will either change, stay the same or is it still too soon to make that final call until you see how it all works out in the first few months of 2015. Tell me, and Delta, if your spending and booking plans will change? – René
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This weeks $50 Amazon e-Gift card winner is… #5 (is that you?)!

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Wow did I get some good feedback this week on what works for you for a bag to survive Delta travel. Most are strongly suggesting all carry-on and considering what my bags look like (when I check them) I would very much agree. But on to this weeks winner!

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Congratulations to Brian via Random.org #5 who tells us his advice is:

“Hard, small cases with spinner cases seem to have a great shot at survival.”

There you go! I have, due to many trips to Sweden and having to drag my bags over cobble stones, used the inline skate type wheels for my bags. They work well over these kinds of surfaces. However, my next carry-on will be spinner type as that is so nice in airports!

Be sure to check back later on Saturday for a shot at two nice gift cards as well as another Delta Points custom POLO shirt and other swag as well! – René
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SWAG Saturday: Would you buy a kids bag? $50 Amazon e-Gift to buy whatever!

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The above video is really cute – that no one can argue. Realistic? Well, maybe not so much. Now what should have come out the other end was the thing with large black stripe some place. Oh, and maybe the zipper broken and a wheel busted or TSA tape all over the place. Or, it could just look like my bag does after many trips on Delta / Skyteam:

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Ah well, my dear Lisa is good at patching, sewing and fixing all of “life’s big mysteries” that happen to my bag in Delta’s care!

But on to this week’s SWAG Saturday topic. Since we are talking cute bags, what do you think about this one.

ladybug bag

Don’t care for large crawling bugs? OK everyone loves Panda bears right? I mean look how cute he is.

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Don’t like soft and cute bears? I get you how about space aliens – we all love those?

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So we have lots of cute bags (it seems Delta made the bag for use in the video). My question to you, after you read to the rules found HERE and by commenting you are agreeing you have reviewed them, is what kind of bag works best for you? BTW, a #TravelTip always pay with your Delta AMEX card because the extended warranty they offer is just amazing!

For a shot at a $50 Amazon gift card, do you like hard case or soft? Large or small? Spinner wheels or in-line skate type. What have you found is the very best bag to survive Delta travel? Tell us what works for you and via Random.org I will pick a winner next Friday! – René
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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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