My Delta Million Miler flight – The planning & start of the run to Japan
My Delta Million Miler flight – TSA at Chicago O’Hare ORD Airport
My Delta Million Miler flight – Delta 777 Delta One Business class review to Japan NRT Narita Airport
My Delta Million Miler flight – Delta Gogo International Satellite Speed Review
My Delta Million Miler flight – 2016 Delta One TUMI Amenity Kit Black and Gray Review
My Delta Million Miler flight – Narita NRT Airport outside observation Deck
My Delta Million Miler flight – IASS Priority Pass Lounge Review NRT Narita Airport
My Delta Million Miler flight – Korean Air Lounge Review NRT Narita Airport
My Delta Million Miler flight – Delta Sky Club NRT Narita Airport near Gate 21
My Delta Million Miler flight – Delta Sky Club NRT Narita Airport near Gate 15
My Delta Million Miler flight – Delta 747 Delta One Business Class review from Japan NRT Narita Airport
My Delta Million Miler flight – Delta Million Miler Gift Choices & My Selection
My Delta Million Miler flight – Final thoughts of reaching one million miles with Delta Air Lines
One of the perks that you receive for reaching the major milestone of accumulating, either via flying or other means, 1 million elite miles with Delta (all MQMs count including credit card MQMs) is the option to select a very nice gift choice from the airline.
I received an automated letter of congratulations from Sandeep Dube, the current Vice President of Customer Engagement & Loyalty from Delta, with the link to cash in my gift on Delta.com.
After logging in I was directed to choose what I wanted to redeem, that is 1, or 2 or some other million miler gift. Since I just crossed 1 million I am assuming that is the only one listed (maybe some 2 or 3 million milers can comment here).
At the next screen you are presented with a drop down box but the very first choice can be one of the most valuable selections depending on how good you are at spending your SkyMiles (for example flushing them down the drain buying drinks in Sky Clubs). But I have a ton of SkyMiles so that is not a focus for me just now.
One of the other choices presented was Tiffany jewelry that is often a popular choice for million milers, but my wife is a GOLD girl and after almost 30 years of marriage has all the “bling” she needs (or wants btw). On to other choices.
Next up we have luggage. Hartmann does make top quality bags and a number of readers have told me they are well worth the price. Nice, but not what I need.
The last choice was luggage from Tumi. I am a big fan of the quality, style and features they offer. I like the amenity kits (as you can see both of them reviewed in this series). But for better or worse I am hard on stuff. I like quality but not at any price.
So what did I choose out of all these options? Well, since I was not very likely to keep whatever item I chose I wanted to select the one item I could resell and get the most real cash back out of.
I looked at the MSRP of each of the items but also what they were, on average, selling for on Amazon as well as other locations like Ebay. That made the choice really simple in the end:
Yep, I went with the Tumi Tegra-Lite Max International Expandable Carry-On Suitcase. Now again, not to use it once it arrived but to extract as much as possible for my gift (fyi it sold and I will net, after S&H & fees, about $350). But there are a bunch of funny bits with all these choices. If you take the time to look at some of the options, and look at the sizes that Delta offers, notice what you find? They are just a bit outside the Size Check sizes. 😉
While the Tumi bag I have chosen is spot on the Size Check size Delta.com tells us is OK for a carry on, we also know 23x14x10 really is the more “real” max size per the testers at the gates (that almost no agents ever enforce).
The other funny thing is my wife and I are both wanting to upgrade our old carry on bags that are dual wheel to spinners. But, as already mentioned, I want quality but at a good price and that normally does not mean Tumi. I really like Samsonite. Most of their stuff comes with a 10 year warranty. They also have a very nice carry on (that is 20 x 13.5 x 9) Samsonite Luggage Winfield 2 Fashion HS Spinner bag that looks amazing and had very good reviews. Plus I can get two of these and still have enough left over after selling my Delta gift to pay for a very nice dinner out. Not bad at all!
So what do you think of the Delta choices for reaching the million miler milestone? Are you impressed with that they offer? What do you think of my choice? – René