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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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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