Another blog change – I will now call Skymiles, SkyRubles in all posts (mostly)!

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I tweeted out yesterday an announcement that was not a joke (I am sure most took it as such). From now on I will, unless I am talking about something that could be confused or a quote from the mothership, always refer to Skymiles as SkyRubles.

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My reasons are really quite clear and let me break it down for you and see if you do not agree. The Russian currency, the Ruble, as of today is worth just 1.6 cents to the dollar (Sorry SkyPesos are too valuable a term to use). This is a realistic value of a SkyRuble as well. Also notice the trend of the SkyRuble, ah hem, Ruble. Yeah about the same as the value of a Skymile over the past year or so with MASSIVE devaluations like the end of stopovers and open jaw awards and the extreme work it takes to get Delta people to price out an award at what the charts say they should be (btw don’t tell me there are no charts anymore because Delta people are telling the press NOTHING HAS CHANGED)!

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Do you trust Putin? How about the SkyRubles team?

Next we have the leadership and policies. The oligarchy and  the ‘we do not care what happens to the SkyRuble program’ attitude very much mirrors the value of the Ruble. The Russian currency is, IMO, hopelessly broken due to Putin’s leadership and same goes for the SkyRuble team.  If those in charge could care less about such a massive slide then the label fits. There is the added plus of Aeroflot being a Skyteam member (so fitting to me).

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Also, just because I think it really ties in well with this post, voting has opened up for the 2015 Freddie awards that will happen on April 30th, 2015 in Atlanta at the Delta Flight Museum and you can vote HERE for who you think should win this year. I will not tell you who I voted for but I think you can maybe just guess who I picked after all of the #KeepDescending events Delta has done in the past year(s)! – René
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One week after #AwardChartGate – Is Delta going to get away with this? You bet they are!

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Joe Brancatelli who writes the biztravelife.com “the home page for business travelers” has a blistering “R” rated MEGA rant about the move by Delta to hide the award charts from us all (at least we have copies to reference). I cringed over and over reading the piece, but it was to the point – Delta has, in kinder words, told us all to “go jump in a lake” by this latest move. So are they going to get away with it?

You bet they are!

I wrote a comedy bit of fiction this week about a Delta boardroom meeting that did not happen but sure could have. The one line in the post that is 100% true is this:

“We can do anything we want – it’s a frequent flyer program.”

That is the truth about it, folks. They can, for just about any reason, do just about ANYTHING they want and we just have ZERO recourse. The ONLY thing we do have some recourse about is once an award ticket is issued, unless there is fraud, they have to get us from A-B, and depending on where we are going, in the class of service we booked.

Beyond that they can shut the whole Skymiles program down (not going to happen) or cut and devalue it to the point that is just about worthless to be a part of (that has already begun btw).

Now you may be saying to yourself – HOLD ON – aren’t we seeing more and more of the mainstream press like Fox News TV, Atlanta papers like the Atlanta Journal Constitution and one’s like Joe Brancatelli spreading the word about this shameless act? That is true, and I do think MORE main stream press folks will catch on eventually what a MAJOR deal removing the award charts are and will bring it to light.

But it does not matter. Delta is not going to change on this latest move (and worse is on the way).

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But why René? We are ready to organize, to start a new “SOS” or Save Our Skymiles campaign to pressure the mothership, Delta, into backing down on this. Why are you being so defeatist? Friends 2000/2001 was a very different time. Back then Delta cared about customer loyalty. ALL customer loyalty. Not today! They could care less. They are truly “Driving Every Loyal Traveler Away!”

That is why this year I “threw in the towel” if you will and have changed from a PRO-DELTA blog to a PRO-ME (and you) blog. I clearly see Delta does not care about loyalty anymore or me as a Diamond Medallion and could care less if we all went to another airline. If we do they will just park jets and still fly full. I have been told that face to face by Delta people. Seriously!

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The really interesting part is the challenge for the new Skymiles VP (HT to Gary View from the Wing). This man comes from a credit card background. One would think he will be concerned over the fact that I personally think (and I have already canceled ONE of my TWO Delta CO-Branded cards this year) that Delta has either already added the final straw that has broken the camel’s back or is about to. I know Delta folks read the blog as dozens of visits a day are recorded, so I hope Mr. Dube see this and gets that his new job is about to get REALLY hard if what many think is about to happen – happens (if it is not happening already that is).

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So where do we go from here and where is your Delta blogger going from here? I have had MANY e-mails and DM’s asking if this is the end of the Delta Points blog. Not a chance! For now, I am not moving over to AA or AS or some other airline. Also, once Delta IT gets around to it, I have qualified for Diamond Medallion status until 1FEB2017. As long as Delta does not dump rollover MQMs for 2016 I will, without paying for more tickets, have Platinum Medallion or better status until 1FEB2018. I have a BUNCH of flights booked on points this year and will, at this point, be flying some flights in 2017 (I will have to spend my bump vouchers after all)! After that, who knows. This does not mean I will not at some point next year status match with another airline and see how spending my flight dollars with another airline is! – René
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Join me on a historic flight? First scheduled 1st class Delta service from South Bend International Airport SBN – 2MARCH2015

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As I blogged about before, I have booked in 1st class a historic flight from South Bend International Airport or SBN as it is known in airport code.

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I have been flying from SBN for decades. I have flown lots of turbo prop planes like the Northwest SAAB’s, Delta ATR’s and so many CRJ200’s that I am sad to say I bet half of my million miler status (almost there) will be earned on these tiny planes.

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But now things have changed (well are changing anyway). We now have 1x a day in and out a jet that has 1st class seats serviced by one of the many Delta connection carriers, in this case ExpressJet! I don’t really care what feeder it is just the fact that for the first time EVER, as a scheduled route, I will be sitting in 1st class on a Delta “painted” jet from SBN (I say scheduled because for ND football games there have been larger jets now and then).


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When I learned about this I did the Pharrell Williams – “happy” dance and did not stop smiling for almost 24 hours. To that extent I even went as far as blowing 50,000 Skymiles to book this round trip and I could not be more thrilled at this redemption – this is HISTORY being made for South Bend, Indiana!

Now I am not “just” flying to Detroit for the day as my 50,000 Skymiles can take me anywhere I want to go and I will be flying onward in 1st class. Plus, since I am after all a Delta blogger, the price for the ticket was just over $500 so I am testing Pay with Miles from holding a  Delta AMEX card  in 1st class to see if I do earn points under Skymiles2015 (there has been MUCH conflicting and changing info on Delta.com).

I am counting the days till takeoff! Want to join me on a historic flight? – René
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Link LIVE for 10 one time GoGo inflight pass from AMEX Platinum business cards

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Back in December I blogged about the great news that the non-Delta AMEX Business Platinum Card<—LINK would be adding the perk of 10 GoGo uses for card holders. It took a while for THIS NOW LIVE LINK to get posted but now you can register.

There was some speculation if they would be ONE DAY i.e. 24 hour passes that is worth up to $16 or if it would just be the one flight pass that varies from $9.95~$14.95. It is frustrating to me that they did not simply make it the slightly more expensive better choice. The T&C says:

The Gogo Preferred Program is a benefit of Business Centurion®, Corporate Centurion® Card, Business Platinum Card®, Corporate Platinum Card®, Global Dollar Card – Corporate Platinum Card®, Corporate Gold Card, and Global Dollar Card – Executive Gold Corporate Card. Each Card Member with one of the above Cards is eligible for complimentary single flight segment passes for Gogo inflight internet each calendar year. Centurion Members are eligible for unlimited passes, Platinum Card Members are eligible for 10 passes, and Gold Card Members are eligible for 5 passes. A “flight segment” is defined as one takeoff and landing on the same aircraft, with the same flight number, between two cities. To activate the passes, go to gogoair.com/amex to validate eligibility and then create or log into your Gogo account. To use a pass while in flight, log into your Gogo account and select to use the American Express Internet Pass. If you are on a Gogo equipped flight segment that is eligible for a subscription plan (including a Gogo Unlimited Plan or an Airline Unlimited Plan) or an All-Day Pass you have redeemed that is still in effect, your Gogo subscription plan or All-Day Pass will be automatically used and you will not have an opportunity to use an American Express Internet Pass. Any American Express Internet Passes remaining in your Gogo account at the end of each calendar year will be removed. To be eligible for this benefit, your Card Account must be active. Amex may revoke unused passes if your Card is canceled or if you transfer your Card Account to a new Card product. Amex will periodically provide Gogo with updated information regarding your eligibility for this benefit. Use of Gogo services is subject to Gogo’s terms of use, privacy policy and other policies, available at gogoair.com. Gogo services are subject to change without notice. The Gogo Preferred Program is the only business and corporate card program that offers free inflight internet access on any Gogo equipped flight. Gogo and the Gogo logo are trademarks of Gogo LLC, registered in the US and other countries. – BOLD MINE

The big thing that you may want to work around is “flight segment” restriction. That is, if you have other pre-purchased day passes or such they would be pulled rather than the free ones. So take a look at the next screen shot.

you may want to make a NEW account for just these 1 time use pass

You can either have them load to your existing GoGo account, OR, you can make a new GoGo account for only these. Think about this before you load please.

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I choose to just load to my existing account as I either hold a monthly pass or I don’t. Plus I fly Delta (for now) only. The other nice thing while were are on this is that you can use it on any airline that is a GoGo airline (i.e. not just Delta).

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I simply entered in my AMEX credit card number and was told the load was successful.

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When I then went to my GoGoAir.com account and looked it did instantly showed my one time use passes have loaded in. Sweet.

Now this $100~150 per calendar year perk should not be the ONLY reason to get the non-Delta AMEX Business Platinum Card<—LINK. To me, one of the biggest perks is AMEX Centurion lounge access and the $200 in credits for airline incidentals. But this is one more perk that helps lower the blow of the $450 annual fee even more making this card one I will HOLD for as long as I fly! – René
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CONFIRMED: No Delta elite Medallion Choice Benefits before 1MARCH15

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I am sorry I have nothing but bad news to share from Delta this year and the hits keep on coming. This is yet one more blow to those who have already, like me, earned our 2016 elite status with Delta.

In the past, we could select our earn year’s Choice Benefits gift within weeks or even days of earning our status – not this year. We must wait until 1MARCH15 when likely we will see the 2016 Medallion program announced from Delta in all its glory.

Here is why this is such bad news. Delta has shown such absolute distaste and disgust to loyal medallions this year and a propensity to cut benefits and perks that I will be beyond shocked if they do not GUT the Choice Benefit choices as well this year (and will be happy to blog that I was wrong if they don’t cut).

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I posted last month that I was on the fence if I should go ahead and make my selection NOW a bird in the hand is better than two in the bush, but Delta has taken that choice away from me.

I asked Delta why this delay, when all the years before this was not the case, and was told it is a “technology limitation” that is affecting us this year. SHOCKING!

So Delta can make an award page that is SO good (well no, not really) that it “necessitated” the removal of the award charts from Delta.com, yet they cannot flip a switch to allow us to pick an earned perk per the rules on Delta.com?

Folks, if I tried, I could not make this stuff up. – René

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Gary View from the Wing calls out Delta Air Lines on Fox News about removing Award charts for frequent flyers!

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Fox News is the first of the mainstream press to start to notice the shameless acts Delta is doing in 2015 to punish loyal flyers and participants in their frequent flyer program.

Gary from the BoardingArea blog View from the Wing has an outstanding interview on the topic of the removal of the Delta award charts online. The show host asks if one day Delta will bring back the award charts – I hope they do as the move is beyond insulting to loyal frequent Delta flyers! – René
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Check out my interview on the “Hawk Talk” podcast – all about points, blogging & more!

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At this past year’s BAcon2 conference we had a bunch of great speakers to help us become better bloggers. One of them is an expert on WordPress, that is, the platform we use to post our blogs hear at BoardingArea. Like all things blogging, we are trying to use these tools to create the best posts we can. John Hawkins from 9seeds.com shared a bunch of tips to help us.

So when he asked me to do a podcast for his Hawk Talk show I was happy to take part. If you have some time today and want to learn more about points and how things work here on the blog and at BoardingArea, why not take time to listen in. I think you will find it an interesting discussion.

You can find the link to his postcast site HERE. – René
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First looks at the new Salt Lake Utah SLC airport – change will be dramatic!

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I am not too far away now from my annual visit out to the “Greatest Snow on Earth” that is, the Wasatch front of Utah. I just love visiting this great state. Folks are so nice, the micro brews are everywhere and oh the skiing is just the best. Over the past 20 years I can only think of one year I did not go.

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The Salt Lake City International Airport Terminal Redevelopment Program has updated just what is on the way including some artists’ renderings of what is in store.

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While more expensive than renting off site, many times it is just so convenient to get and drop your car right at the airport I have to say. That space is being really upgraded. They tell us:

“This photo captures the complex construction of new rental car facilities near the existing parking garage. The large cranes are used to insert stone columns deep into the ground to support new buildings. $80.7 million of construction is now underway for the new $138 million rental car facilities and completion of the south parking lot.”

Time for me to get my skis waxed and tuned and make sure my ski coat still fits. ;-) Want to see some of my old trip reports to Utah – check this one out from way back in 2011. – René

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UBERx is TOO CHEAP & needs to raise prices – FAST – or no one will drive for UBER!

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I have been, for a very long time, a HUGE UBER fan. I have used the service all over the place including places like Rome, Italy and have never had a bad ride. I have, a few times, had drivers take the “long way” to the destination, but UBER has always looked at and seen the scenic route and given me credit back.

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I have seen real value in UBERx. Back in November I was in Dallas and stayed at the Sheraton Dallas by the Galleria. In fact I chose this location just due to UBERx since the hotel is just 4,000 SPG points per night vs. the airport SPG location that costs 7,000 points. So, with some UBER credits I could get around for almost free and save a bunch of SPG points from my SPG AMEX card. With a $20 credit from my referral link I ended up paying less than $10 for the ride. That is real value and even without the referral the price was really good.

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But as you may have seen, UBER has cut UBERx prices a bunch recently. I think, and I think many drivers will agree, they have cut them TOO far. Just compare the same trip from the Sheraton to DFW airport and look at the price drop. From a greedy standpoint saving money is nice, but I also appreciate UBERx drivers and they have truly cut the price too far. When drivers can no longer earn a living they will stop driving and I think they have reached that level.

After all, UBER takes 20% off the fare. They also take the $1.00 “safe ride” fee. They ONLY pay tolls when you are in the car not on the way to get you or after you get out. See how much the driver must take on their own? At some point it is just not worth it plus UBERx does not, unlike LIFT, have the chance for a tip inside the APP.

What say you? Has UBER brought prices so low that it is just too cheap? You tell me – René
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My new list of 2015 Delta pet peeves they really should fix (since they’ve got the money to do it)!

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I am today on day two of a three day mileage run. I once again joined up with the legendary TexasYankee to collect a few MQMs and enjoy a few laughs along the way (never a dull moment with this legendary FTer)!

But you know flying Delta, while really enjoyable due to  great people,  nice planes, very good foodGoGo,  comfortable seats and more – there are some little things they just MUST fix one of these days, but I bet they will not since there is no money to be made in these changes. I touched on some of these last year but these just drive me CRAZY. What are they?

Schedule changes. Delta is it really so hard to TELL ME when I have a flight that is going to land after my next one departs? I mean, really. You guys are amazing when it comes to changes when things go wonkie, but letting us know would just be amazingly nice.

Seats. I know you know how important seats are since you have renamed them all as a 14 point scrabble word score plus the fact you are making millions upon millions in selling them. So when you have an equipment swap and toss us out of the seat we SO carefully picked – is it really to much to ask to let us know about it?

Weather. It’s winter. Sure we watch the weather (especially since the storm of the century is about to hit the Northeast). However, your crack team does not always agree with our local meteorologists. Again, is it too much to ask to either A) put the weather warning in a more prominate spot on Delta.com or B) tell us when there is a warning that affects us? Seriously!

Fly Delta APP. The 3.whatever upgrade is much better. Truly. But you have mixed so much up-sell with the improvements that it still is beyond frustrating. You know what I need? Boarding pass quick. I mean instant. Then, gate and where my incoming bird is. The rest is nice but not critical. Give me those 1st please.

Those four really are the biggest of the big. I could add to this list but if you fix those it will make my travel SO much better and are what I really NEED as a frequent flyer and will save me time and effort.

What do you say. You tell me. What are your biggest frustrations with Delta.com, the APP or the way Delta runs things that get you from A-B? – René

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Let’s knock out some reader Delta Q&A today.

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I have to say I am thrilled about the new Ask René tab and it is a good addition to the blog. Most of the questions below are from the SWAG Saturday drawing that you still have time to enter as I will pick the winner later today! Let’s jump right in.

David asks: Can you do a topic on best tips for using miles to upgrade from a paid flight?

I can knock that one out real quick David. The problem for most of us is we just don’t pay a fare class high enough to use this feature of Skymiles. You see, you need K class or better domestic and M class or better for international. Now if your company lets you pay for higher coach class tickets then burning point for upgrades, when space is open, can be an option for you.

Coptermedic asks: I have, and value, the business Reserve card. Given the fact that you can churn business Amex cards every 12 months, should I cancel and renew for the sign on bonus or just hold the card?

Great question, Coptermedic. We all should know that for AMEX the old rules apply to business cards, that is, you must cancel and wait 365+ days to get the SAME new card bonus again. Now, the big change late last year was that all 3 of the Delta business AMEX cards are now unique products and you can hold them all at once (if you want) and get the bonus for each even if you hold the other ones. This can present some nice earnings chances for Skymiles & MQMs. Up to you what you do with that info. Personally I HOLD my Delta business AMEX Reserve card and have for years and years, but that is me.

Candace asks: Do you have any kind of yearly travel insurance? Do you think it is worth it for the medical evacuation possibility during international travel?

Boy Candace you ask one I struggle with each year. I do buy DAN dive insurance annually as that is well worth the price if I need it – it could save my life. I know of many who do have a yearly policy and I have thought about getting them year after year. If I were on many airlines i.e. not just Skyteam I would get one. As a Diamond I can push that to get what I want, but if I were not I would pay up for a policy that was all inclusive. Good question.

GetToThePoints asks: An article on which programs you can get status on from only credit card spend.

Thanks, GetToThePoints. If you have not had any Delta AMEX Reserve cards it really is simple to get done. Well, simple if you can “make” $120,000 in spend on the two cards by year end. This way, you would get 10k bonus MQMs for getting the personal card (same for biz) and then 30k more spend bonus MQMs per card. You are thus, with just these two, without flying, earning 80,000 MQMs and Delta Platinum status for this year and next. Not bad at all.

Sterling asks: I will drop from DM to PM at end of February. Will my ticket booked and partially flown as DM in January get DM mileage for both legs when the second is flown when I am PM or will I get PM mileage for the return? Also enjoy the blog and keep up the good work and helpful tips!

Hi Sterling. You get paid, a.k.a. the 11x Skymiles for a Diamond, at the time you fly. You will drop to PM on the 1st – period. Sorry.

Bill C asks: Do you think Delta will change the Million Miler program to add a revenue component?

Oh my, Bill C. I doubt it. Now it would not shock me, but I really doubt it. They will just keep cutting what Silver, Gold and Platinum medallions get for perks. That we do know for sure ;-)

So there you are. Thanks everyone for stopping by the blog each day (including weekends – hint hint)! – René
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A day of Delta reminders. A bunch of little bits you should check on.

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Time to check on a bunch of little things that can have big implications for you and your Delta travel experience. Hang on, here we go.

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Hopefully you signed up for the improved Hertz perks as a medallions. Now it does not seem that anyone actually HAS the perks yet, but they should soon be loading. But also a word of caution. For this promo to work you must have your Hertz number in your My Delta profile. You can see above where it should go. Missed it? Go enter it now.

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I am eagerly awaiting the 10 free GoGo passes promised to come soon from my non-Delta AMEX Business Platinum card. No, they are not available yet. I have been told there will be a link to get them soon. But until then, I have a need for one and called the number on the back of my card and asked just when this new perk was coming. Again I was told soon, but the rep was happy to offer me a $16 credit to buy a one day pass for now. Nice, and thanks AMEX!

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Just because I am getting tons of emails and tweets a day I want to reiterate about rollover MQMs. I am sorry you don’t have yours yet, but Delta has been doing them VERY slowly this year and has not promised to get them done until month end. I do wish they had done them all in a day or so like in years past. Yes, frustrating. I hear you. What can we do? What we CAN do is, like me, work on getting our MQD exempt spending done! ;-)

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While I am LOATH to even talk about this, you have just about a week under the extended BUY MQMs that will apply to LAST YEAR’S numbers. PLEASE understand they will NOT apply on this year unless they will rollover. If you do not understand this, ask me please before you buy. You could flush a ton of cash and get nothing for it. Clear?

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While still over a month away, there have been lots of schedule changes loaded as of late. If you are going to drop in status on 1MARCH15 you may want to check NOW as those C+ or exit or whatever preferred seats you pick now will stick after 1MARCH15 even if you drop. However, if there is another change or a change of equipment before you fly those changes will NOT stick then.

That is about it for now. There seems to be more big news on the way soon btw with more devaluations coming for medallions. Can’t blog about it yet but stay tuned.- René
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#KeepDescending! Delta downgrades Medallion & AMEX enhanced award space perks!

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Boy, those who are overspending with Delta sure are happy, those high level elites that Delta just loves. And they are telling Delta they are happy. Just look what Delta’s president said recently about Skymiles2015:

“Finally, we’ve changed SkyMiles from a distance based program to a spend based program. This change should drive higher revenues from a stronger customer loyalty as we put rewards into our most valuable customers and we are already receiving positive feedback from them.” Edward H. Bastian – President Delta Air Lines

Well how are you rewarding them, Ed? In the past, we know, those who were high level medallions a.k.a. loyal Delta customers had greater access to low level award seats and the same thing went for loyal Delta AMEX card holders (well the Reserve and Platinum cards that is).

This really was a nice way to “put rewards into our most valuable customers”. However, I have the following from a source that now says:

“Enhanced Availability for Award tickets has been discontinued for SkyMiles Medallion members and Platinum and Reserve Delta SkyMiles Credit Cardholders. The enhanced availability classes will continue to be displayed, but will always have the same availability as N class of service.”

#KeepDecscending Delta. The past few years of “enhancements” have not been enough, we have to start right out of the gates with another cut in value for medallions and the high end Delta AMEX cards. Thanks! So good to be loyal.

I have repeatedly reached out to Delta for more information on why this choice was made but have had no repose to my requests.

To me, all this simply goes to show that my change of direction for the blog for 2015 is the right one. The only one who has our back is us. What do you think of this latest enhancement to the Medallion program and Delta AMEX card holders? – René

EDIT: Just got this update from Delta CORP at 8PM:

With the launch of the 2015 program and the improvements to redemption including more redemption options, we now offer the same Award availability to all SkyMiles members. Award availability for all members in 2015 is improved over the enhanced availability Medallion members and co-brand card holders had access to in 2014. – Delta CORP

So we are now CONFIRMED about the downgrade. #FAIL big time Delta.


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A new TAB on the blog – Ask René

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I have no idea why I have never had this on the blog before. I had a reader ask why and I said there is the search bar plus e-mail so what else can be needed (think René).

The simple, quick and clear answer is a TAB to “Ask René“.

There are times when we all have those “duh” moments and this is one of those for me. Now it is your turn, check out the new tab and feel free to ask away!- René
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Delta “sorta” fixes Pay With Miles (PWM) pricing bug – still a work in progress

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I posted the news that Pay With Miles (PWM), a perk of the Delta AMEX cards, as of the 24th of December was open to not just 1st class tickets but also to coach tickets. I also posted that it really shakes up the math of just when you should just take an award ticket and when you should at least think about buying the ticket instead.

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I also posted about an update from Delta about the bug that it is NOT displaying the correct information on Delta.com when you go to PWM. Frustrating – sure!

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Well Delta has sorta started fixing this information. Now if we take this itinerary and pay for it the numbers DO display correctly (just to be clear, I am NOT saying do this for this trip – just an example).

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And if we take $100 off with 10,000 Skymiles the MQMs stay the same but notice the Skymiles drop (I am a Diamond FYI).

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And if we take $250 off with 25,000 Skymiles the MQMs stay the same but notice the Skymiles drop again.

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But when we go all the way up to $300 the numbers drop to ZEROs.

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The same thing happens if we wipe off that last 60 cents with 5000 Skymiles more (again NOT saying you should do this – it is just an example).

So what can we take from this?  We have the updated wording from Delta and we have the experience from those in the past who HAVE gotten full points in 1st class.

Bottom line – don’t freak out – don’t stress out (yet). At some point I am sure Delta will fix this (maybe). For now, worst case, we can email Delta to get the points you should get, that is, the above numbers just don’t jive with what we have seen. This is clearly still a Delta IT work in progress! – René
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