Were your Delta upgrades impacted by yesterday’s APP & Website IT issues? What happened to us!

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Monday, March 6, 2017 – A Guest Post from John (@laptoptravel)

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Did you notice this IT issue with the Fly Delta App and Delta.com yesterday? Well, whether you noticed it or not, Delta had yet another (but much smaller) IT problem.  Around noon EST, Delta lost its website and mobile applications.  Customers were not able to check-in online, search for flights or access anything Delta.com related.  The same thing happened when trying to use FlyDelta, Delta’s mobile application.

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I was told by Delta that “IT is undergoing maintenance to restore links.” Why they lost those links no one knows. Another source at Delta told me that there was an attempt to introduce some new software ‘updates’ and things got ‘hung up’ for a bit.

Regardless of what Delta was attempting to do it may have affected your flights in unintended negative ways. Take it from my own experience, and documented along the way sort of by accident.

Having blogged about a meet up with readers in Dallas and give some the opportunity to go on a mileage run, René had planned to fly in early and meet up at the Centurion Lounge in the DFW airport and then off to HardEight BBQ next with those arriving the day before the run today on Tuesday.

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It seems that due to the Air France strike issues, René’s flight from Atlanta to Dallas was oversold by 7 and he walked away with a $1,000 “bumpertunity” from Delta. Meanwhile, I had arrived in Dallas earlier along with a few flyers.

In preparation for the Mileage Run, I had been capturing screenshots and sharing data on our group’s upgrade possibility and flight loads. Prior to the IT malfunction, René and I were #1 and #2 on a specific segment. There were 4 seats unassigned in the first class cabin and after check-in we could see that those seats were open. Two other people in our same group were #3 and #4 on the same upgrade list.

However, after Delta processed the day’s upgrade clearances #3 person got a first class assignment and #4 also got an upgrade.  René, and myself stayed at #1 and #2, respectively. Knowing when people had purchased their tickets and their Medallion status both René and I knew that an error had occurred in the processing of first class upgrades.

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One of Our Group Got Confirmed Upgrade Over #1 & #2 on List? Not cool Delta!

 

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Yep! Passed Over for Upgrades by #3 & #4 ;-(

In addition to the miscue in the upgrades a notice appeared on my seatmap as I looked to see what seats were open on the flight. Delta placed the following notice on my seatmap:

Message Advisory

 

It reads:

“Advisory Message: We can’t assign a seat because one or more passengers in this itinerary is on the standby list for a seat assignment. If you have an assigned seat and need to change it, please see an airport agent when you check in.”

Well, I had an assigned seat and I am traveling alone so this makes no sense.  It may also be a part of Delta’s IT system problems which led to my upgrade being passed over. I do not have an explanation for René, but he was not looking on a PC as I was doing; he was simply using the mobile app.

I did call Delta and they saw that there had been an error, but without explanation.  A ‘hiccup’ is how I believe the agent referenced it.  Hopefully my status can be cleared up with the gate agent to keep me in the queue for proper upgrade processing.

So, just a quick word of advice to check your own upcoming flights the next few days to make sure you do not have the same ‘Advisory Message’ placed on your flights and keep an eye on the upgrade lists and your own progress.

Did you notice anything strange or unexplained happen with your flights either yesterday or today? Please let us know in the comments; more data points are always appreciated. – Happy Jet Trails…..John @laptoptravel

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Nice to see after UG bugs from yesterday? No, not really Delta!

Thanks John for this guest post and for keeping up with the issues yesterday while I was in the air on my CRJ200 flight down to ATL. Scary when Delta IT issues can impact the integrity of the upgrade process like this. At least (said while I roll my eyes) the integrity of the FCM up-sell at check-in was working well this morning! – René

Review of Delta’s Newest Massive Flagship Sky Club in Seattle SEA – A First-Hand Visit

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Saturday, October 22, 2016 – A Guest Post from John (@laptoptravel)

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Delta’s Newest Sky Club Preview Event, Seattle, Washington

On Thursday, October 20th, 2016 Delta unveiled their newest flagship Sky Club. It opened for a Private Preview Event which was invitation-only. In spite of other reviewers who are members of the press or allowed to attend media events earlier in the week, I actually am just a long-time Delta SkyMiles member and entered through the doors without special privilege (other than the invitation.)

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So, enjoy this true, first-hand review of a person who was actually there and not writing a review based on a set of ‘press photos’ dispensed to reviewers (who never set foot in the Sky Club) from Delta and at a live event with lots of invited guests and Delta personnel. I just flew back in from Seattle the same night of the preview…

during the Opening of Delta Air Lines Sky Club A in Seattle Washinton, Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Official Preview Event Prior to Public Opening of Delta Air Lines Sky Club A in Seattle Washington, Thursday, October 20, 2016

This Review is ‘The Real Deal.’

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Warm Greetings by Delta Sky Club Staff at Private Preview Event

This new facility has an on-site spa (with retail shop), a full-size kitchen, six shower facilities, a full-service Delta desk, tons of seating options and magnificent art throughout. The food and beverage offerings will also feature local beers, wines and tastes of the Pacific Northwest.

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You can get in with either of the two cards for yourself or, if you are a Skyteam elite plus status and are on a coach or anyone on a business class international departing (or connecting) ticket, you can also get in free.

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Location

The new flagship Delta Sky Club at Seattle-Tacoma (SeaTac) airport is found next to gate A1, in Concourse A, which is a welcome addition since the other Sky Club is located in the island Terminal S and requires a ride (or three) on SeaTac’s satellite transit system depending on what gate you connect from if you are in transit.

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The location is a great space for Delta. Located near the Central terminal, and close to Terminal C as well, the location will allow more flyers to have easier access to a Sky Club. At the same time, it makes a bold statement to all Seattle passengers that Delta is a formidable force in the burgeoning Seattle market.

If you are familiar with the airport, the lounge is just a bit south of the Central Terminal (where the large food court is located.)

Upon entering the A concourse, the Sky Club can be found just before gate A1, next to the Seattle Tap Room (a restaurant.) If you are entering through TSA’s security lines, you will find the Sky Club a short walk to your right upon exiting those lines.

The club is impressive, and I do not mean on a simply domestic comparison; Delta has raised the bar of excellence on airport lounges with this newest addition. It feels massive and it should! The lounge occupies more than 21,000 square feet (third largest in the Delta system) with an enormous glass paneled 30’ high wall facing the tarmac and Mount Rainier along one entire side of the club.

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It also has a very large balcony seating section which can be accessed by either of two staircases, one at the front and another at the rear of the Sky Club.

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From virtually anywhere in the club, weather permitting, patrons will be treated to stunning views of Mount Rainier.

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The colors of this flagship lounge reflect the colors of the Pacific Northwest; hues of blue and green that blend in soft tones throughout, but there is also the splash of deep, rich colors scattered throughout. All of these are presented on a backdrop of earth tones of brown, cream and tan which leave observers with a calming sense of comfort and relaxation.

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Notice the use of the greens and blues and the partition separators evoke the feeling of moving water and clouds, fitting for the Pacific Northwest.

Of course, there will always be a splash or two of ‘Delta red.’

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The Sky Club has seating for 413 occupants and the mixture of options for finding a place to sit are varied, functional and simply beautiful! The true center of the lounge, and sure to be a conversation piece, is the massive three-sided curved couch.

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I just love this couch!

Above the couch is a large sculpture; it is a wood sculpture, the work of local artist Paul Vexler and the centerpiece of the lounge. Since the space runs 30 feet from floor to ceiling the work finds a perfect place and encourages the observer to ‘take flight.’

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Sculpture by Paul Vexler

There also are several counter tops with stools along a few sections of the glass windows for airplane watching while spending some time inside the lounge.

Check-in and Full Service Desk

Upon entry through the motion sensor sliding opaque, light blue sliding glass doors, travelers will find a standard Delta Sky Club check-in desk to their right. To the left, just around the corner will be a dedicated Delta full-service desk.

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Travelers should appreciate the separation so a customer can get help with their travel issues without having to worry about those seeking to simply check in to the Sky Club. It also is obviously a time-saver.

Art is Abundant, and Well Presented

Art is featured throughout the club, and in a few areas almost as if the Sky Club was an art gallery to itself. Two major displays in the theme of gallery presentations can be found either along the back wall of the balcony seating area or along the wall which leads toward the rear staircase on the main floor.

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In the balcony area, art is captured between displayed prints and collections of crayons; all presented in acrylic box frames.

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Downstairs prints are similarly presented with an amazing display of sculpting forms out of the graphite from artist pencils! Look closely; it will amaze you.

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My favorite piece has to be the work of Atlanta studio artist and photographer Craig Allan McMillan, who has produced the San Francisco Sky Club’s mural of the Golden Gate Bridge. Craig was on hand at the event, and I got to chat with him for a bit. He even presented me with a personally noted and signed print of the Pike Place Market mural piece which hangs above the full service desk of the club.

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The piece is a variation of a pixelation theme of composing a single image made up of sometimes hundreds of smaller images; a composite if you will. This one is unique in that it is not simply images meshed together on a single flat surface but actually has many individual and distinctly differently framed photographs that work into making this piece of art three dimensional. It is exceptional and there is art everywhere!

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Throughout the club you will find seating for all needs; whether it be that you are traveling alone and need to get some work done, or engaged in a conversation with just another companion. There are many opportunities for larger groups, besides the massive leather couch. There are many four and six seat arrangements that feature a common center table.

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One unique piece I fell in love with was the dining room table located near the rear of the Sky Club. With seating for eight it promises to be popular for business travelers who need a conference-like table or for families.

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Asanda Spa On-Site

I had the chance to view (and experience) the firstfruits of Delta’s new partnership with Asanda Spa of New York. In speaking with the location’s manager I learned that Asanda will be adding a second spa, logically so, at the New York JFK Terminal 4 Sky Club operated by Delta.

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Treatments are available on a fee basis and appointments may be booked in person, appointments soon can be made using a MINDBODY Android or Apple app or even a Facebook function.

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Asanda Spa Treatments and Price Sheet

The spa has a retail space in the Sky Club where a large selection of products is made available for purchase.

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I found the treatments offered to be fresh and yet very hi-tech. For my massage, I was seated in one of the three massage chairs and there is a visual screen which a patron can set to match their desired preferences. It features music and scenery which help relax the wearied traveler. I chose beaches, waves and undersea just in case you had any doubts. A pleasing scent was also placed and I was encouraged to ‘breathe deeply’ during my twenty minute massage.

Asanda Spa will have three massage chairs, in addition to zero-gravity lounge chairs available. In some sessions, meditation is aided and guided by Deepak Chopra.

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Each individual treatment area is separated by privacy curtains and subdued lighting. However, I did find the overall space a bit tight, but once one is in a chair receiving treatment it matters not in my opinion.

Wines and Beers

Andrea Robinson, Delta’s Sommelier was on hand talking about wines that will be featured in the Sky Club that are local to the economies of the Pacific Northwest such as Chateau St. Michelle. Complimentary alcoholic beverages served from the Sky Club’s bar will also feature a local IPA beer produced by Georgetown Lucille, in addition to featured vodkas from Glass Vodka.

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Snack Dispensers Are Located at the Bar, seems so obvious, right?

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The bar will also make available fresh squeezed orange juice, upon request. How special do you feel now?

Food Service

Food at the new Sky Club will follow along the newer Sky Club’s offerings, much like that of JFK’s Terminal 4 and the San Francisco lounge. That is, there is a great self-service food bar, and in the case of Seattle, local offerings that compliment the choices.

The entire beverage, The Bar and food are along one continuous, and curved line! The appearance is so elegant and goes along with the curved theme of much of the entire Sky Club; complimenting the nod to the Pacific Northwest and its oceans and skies in design and decor.

The Seattle Terminal A Sky Club will also feature the long-standing local favorite; Mac & Cheese made with local Beecher’s cheese. I happen to love that. Also found will be Beecher’s chips and cheese.

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Food will be prepared daily composed of local, fresh ingredients, under the leadership of local Seattle Chef Ethan Stowell. The self-service will provide an assortment of snacks and salads as well as the standard fare of hot dishes and soups.

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Convenient that Delta Places a Flights Notification Wall Near the Food Service Line…Just So You Will Not Miss That Flight!

During breakfast serving hours, typically until 11am, Alki Bakery bagels will compliment the food service, which will also feature oatmeal, hard-boiled eggs, yogurts, danish and many choices of spreads and toppings to go with local breads.

Delta also has promised features that will change and some offerings may just be a single day or time, just to keep the excitement going (and I think for menu development as well.)

Of course, for the Private Preview, Delta brought out all the stops with food from Ethan Stowell’s kitchens:

 

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Fresh local oysters along with shrimp and crab!

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Power Outlets and USB Ports Everywhere

One specific seating feature I really liked were the ‘pods;’ seating areas for one with an adjustable reading lamp as well as power ports conveniently located. A really neat added item is a moveable ottoman to rest your feet while in a pod. One of the most appreciated features for visitors to the lounge will be the fact that every seat, everywhere has power available! Finally, Delta responds with action and delivers upon travelers’ request for more outlets and USB ports.

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It feels that every seat is a ‘view seat’ whether along the edge of the balcony overlooking the lounge below and the airport (and mountain views beyond) or along the floor of the main floor with the 30’ glass viewing windows…every seat has a great location.

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Given that the Sky Club is so large and with a very open feeling, which hits a visitor upon entry, it feels massive and airy, which it is. Therefore, travelers are likely not to feel closed in or cramped even when the Sky Club is very full.

Showers

I did get a tour of the shower area. Funny, but the attendant asked if I wanted to actually take a shower. I would not want to waste a minute of taking in the new club during it’s private premiere, so I passed. But next time, the six shower rooms are waiting.

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They remind me quite a lot of the ones in the JFK Terminal 4 Sky Club but without the overpowering red tiles and feature more earth tones in their design.

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Ample space to shower, shave, take care of personal hygiene, make-up application, perhaps brush and blow-dry hair and undertake a change of clothing. Considering Seattle has quite a future for long-haul travelers returning from Europe and Asia it is a great needed feature and probably appreciated by many a weary traveler.

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Restrooms

The new standard in Delta restrooms…we are seeing these in all the new Sky Clubs:

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This art piece almost blinds you as you walk into the restroom. The same as in a few other U.S. Sky Clubs

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 Summary and Final Thoughts

Claude Roussel, who is the Managing Director Sky Club for Delta Air Lines, spoke at the event and expressed what I believe this SkyClub represents. He said that for so long, both he and Delta’s customers had experienced outstanding lounges on their international travels but were always let down when returning to a domestic lounge. He said now Delta was changing that.

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This sentiment was echoed by Mike Medeiros, VP Seattle Operations for Delta. After my first-hand experience I fully agree. Delta has hit one out of the park with this unveiling of its new gem in the system.

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For the first time, I consider this as much of a destination lounge as I would think of the Virgin lounge in Hong Kong, or the First Class lounge in Heathrow, although certainly not up to the Frankfurt First Class Terminal and Lounge.

For me, this SkyClub is a game-changer. It so far surpasses whatever Alaska Airlines Club and the AmEx Centurions have going here in the Seattle airport. This underscores Delta’s commitment to the Seattle hub and sets the new standard in excellence for airport lounges. This SkyClub, and the recently opened flagship Sky Club at Concourse B in Atlanta, are the blueprints for Delta’s forward thinking in the airport lounge strategy.

As Medeiros made the point “Delta is doing 153 departures daily right outside from those windows …and we’re not anywhere close to being done.” The Sky Club is, as he stated, planting Delta’s flag in the ground in Seattle.

 

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Impressive Delta, very impressive.

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Have you had the opportunity to visit the new SkyClub?  Will you alter your plans to make sure you get a chance to spend some time here? Let us know in the comments below…  Thank you, John @laptoptravel

Alaska Airlines Responds to Delta’s Seattle Seahawks Promotion and Offers Its Own Free Miles Promotion

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Sunday, October 9, 2016 – A Guest Post by John @laptoptravel

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Battle in Seattle Continues…

I recently wrote about Delta Air Lines’ new promotion, “12Status,” which is just another jab in the continuing saga of the ‘Battle in Seattle’ between Alaska Airlines and Delta.  It is a ‘turf war,’ with Delta being the newcomer.

For years Alaska Airlines has been the ‘hometown’ airline to Seattle and has a loyal following. Alaska also boasts an all-Boeing (Seattle-based manufacturer) aircraft fleet.  Alaska Airlines even signed the NFL Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson as their CFO (Chief Football Officer.) This flies in the face of Delta’s ‘12Status’ NFL promotion for SkyMiles members to earn free SkyMiles.

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Not to be outdone by Delta’s free giveaway, Alaska has come up with their own free miles giveaway promotion; Fantasy Bonus Miles. Qualification is limited to those Alaska MileagePlan members who live in one of five states; Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.  Alaska even made up an illustrative promotional video, featuring the Seahawks’ quarterback to launch and explain the promotion. You can see the full video here

A Significant Difference Between the Two Promotions

The one significant difference between the two promotions is that Delta gives away free miles to all eligible SkyMiles members who show up while Alaska is picking three winners from a pool of eligible entries. Alaska is touting the possibility of earning 400,000 redeemable miles in this program!

The tag line goes like this – This season, we’re converting our Chief Football Officer’s performance on the field into miles in the sky. Enter for your chance to win at http://fantasybonusmiles.com  You Must Register to Win   Enjoy discounts on travel to away game destinations.  Alaska also features discount fares to the Seahawks’ away games on this website.
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We know the importance of having supportive fans in the stands, both at home and on the road. To help Russell’s fans support him all season long, we are offering a 12% discount on air travel to most away games if you are traveling from WA, OR, ID, MT, AK, or British Columbia.  Alaska Airlines also has a promotion to allow fans to win free flights to cities where the Seahawks are playing.

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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Follow Russell on The Road Sweepstakes starts 8/22/16 at 12:00 p.m. PT and ends 12/16/16 at 11:59 p.m. PT. Open only to eligible legal residents of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington who are at least 18 years old. Click here for Official Rules and complete details, including eligibility requirements, entry periods, entry instructions, odds of winning a prize, prize details and restrictions, etc. Void elsewhere & where prohibited or restricted by law. Sponsor: Alaska Airlines, Inc. Not affiliated with or endorsed by Facebook, NFL or any NFL team.

Also, if you’re on an Alaska flight departing Seattle (to any destination) this football season, you can board early if you wear Russell’s #3 jersey. If you have travelled with Alaska, or been near one of their gates during boarding, in an airport in one of these states you have likely heard the agent announcement offering early boarding when wearing a Russell Wilson jersey.

 Final Thoughts

So, while it is a bit comical to sit on the sidelines (pun intended) and watch the battle ensue, it can be rewarding as you can pick up free SkyMiles and MileagePlan miles while letting every play be for your benefit. I have already picked up more than 2,000 SkyMiles and the season has just begun! With a potential to earn say 400,000 Alaska Airlines’ MileagePlan Miles I am sitting pretty in the Pacific Northwest!

What do you think of Alaska’s latest response to Delta’s 12Status promotion?  Have you signed up for either one (or both) of these giveaway promotions?  Please let us know in the comments.  Thank you & safe travels! We’ll see you ‘up there’ – John of laptoptravel

 

PS – Don’t forget about the AMAZING 70k SkyMiles plus 10K MQMs Delta AMEX card offer ending soon!

 

Attack Fare Means Delta Elite Vacation / Run to Dublin from San Francisco $368 & 11843 MQM’s at 3.1CPM

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Saturday, July 16, 2016  by John @laptoptravel

SFO-DUB Delta Fare Sale River

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SFO-DUB Delta Fare Sale Trip Summary

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We are seeing a continuing attack fare by Delta Air Lines on United Airlines’ hubs and this means great opportunities to fly to Dublin, Ireland from San Francisco’s Airport.  Delta seems to be offering this great deal to Dublin (and somewhat higher, yet competitive fares) and other European airports.

I just posted a couple of days ago a great attack fare from Phoenix to both of Tokyo’s (Narita and Haneda) airports as they were targeting American Airlines’ routes. Plus, this becomes a Vacation Run in that you can stay as little as one day and night and fly back.

Re-positioning should be really easy right now in several ways;

Delta is having an award sale for as little as 5,000 SkyMiles round-trip as well San Francisco is reached cheaply by many airports on the West Coast.

Now, I was able to make this work directly through Delta’s website. I would suggest you put in SFO to DUB and select Flexible Travel days and select the ‘5 Weeks’ option, starting with August 14th. You can search between August 14th and March 29th for available dates on these fares. A minimum 6-night stay is required, although I found some 2 night stays for around $498.

Using this strategy you should find a good range of departure and return dates as well as routes that should work for you. Another great thing about this Mileage Run is it is a ‘Pay With Miles’ eligible fare, so you could ‘buy down’ the fare even more with your SkyMiles and still earn MQM’s!

You also could opt to credit this flight to your Alaska Airlines MileagePlan and earn redeemable miles at the rate of 1 miles per 2 flown on Delta, which is a lot more than Delta will credit your SkyMiles account.

The comparison:

  • Delta will give you 11,843 MQM’s and 1,335 Redeemable Miles (based on 5X base fare, more based on your Medallion status)
  • Alaska would give you 11,843 Elite Miles and 5,922 Redeemable Miles (Minimums, could be higher if you have Elite status with Alaska Airlines)

Anyway here are the numbers:

The Details:

MQM’s:     11,843 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM’s)

Fare:         $368 (Pay With Miles Eligible)

Cost:           3.10 Cents Per Medallion Qualification Mile (CPM)

This is a route and a fare I would be a buyer of and you could use this as a connection to visit the European continent.

  • Will you be taking advantage of this latest ‘Attack Fare’ by Delta?
  • If so, will you credit to your SkyMiles or MileagePlan account?

Thank you for visiting and following us, hopefully throughout 2016 here at Renes Points and Elite Mileage Runs  – Best Wishes and Happy Travels. Enjoy your travels!  – John @laptoptravel

Attack Fare Means Delta Mileage Run to Tokyo from Phoenix $536 Earn 12573 MQM’s at 4.3CPM

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Thursday, July 14, 2016  by John @laptoptravel

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PHX-NRT Delta Trip Summary

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We are seeing an attack fare by Delta Air Lines on American Airlines’ Phoenix hub and this means great opportunities to fly to one of Tokyo’s two airports; either Narita or Haneda Airport.  Delta seems to be offering this deal to both airports, based on the itinerary. Haneda is much close to the city of Tokyo so may be a better choice if you want a sightseeing day in the city.

There are even itineraries that include a ride on a Boeing 747 in either or both directions (Seattle to/from Narita.)

Plus, this becomes a Mileage Run in that you can stay as little as one day and night and fly back. Also, visit a Delta SkyClub in the Narita Airport, see Rene’s recent visit report here.

Re-positioning should be really easy right now in several ways;

Delta is having an award sale for as little as 5,000 SkyMiles roundtrip as well Phoenix is reached cheaply by many airports within several hundred miles.

 

If you want a great deal then by all means grab this deal NOW!  It may only last a few hours, maybe a day or two!

I found only a few dates (in August) that worked for the lowest fares.  In you want to go in September, a similar trip would cost you about $100 more, but still a great price.

Now if you try to book this make sure you have the Seattle connection on both the outbound and return itineraries to get the maximum Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM’s) for your dollars. Or, in the alternative, try to get two connections in both directions.  There are many routing options from Delta on this fare.

However, to get the Boeing 747 (Queen of the Skies) you have to select a Seattle connection.

This is a fantastic run if you seek about 12,000 – 13,000 Medallion Qualification Miles.  It takes place in three days, with a single night layover.

 

The cheapest days to depart are August 29th and August 30th for $546.

 

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Now, I was able to make this work directly through Delta’s website. I would suggest you put in PHX to NRT and select Flexible Travel days and select the ‘5 Weeks’ option, starting with August 15th. That should display a good range of departure dates for you. Note: Even though you put NRT as your destination, Delta will also show fares for HND included in the results.

Another great thing about this Mileage Run is it is a ‘Pay With Miles’ eligible fare, so you could ‘buy down’ the fare even more with your SkyMiles and still earn MQM’s!

You also could opt to credit this flight to your Alaska Airlines MileagePlan and earn redeemable miles at the rate of 1 miles per 2 flown on Delta, which is a lot more than Delta will credit your SkyMiles account.

The comparison:

Delta will give you 12,573 MQM’s and 2,250 Redeemable Miles (based on 5X base fare)

Alaska would give you 12,573 Elite Miles and 6,287 Redeemable Miles (Minimums, could be higher if you have Elite status with Alaska Airlines)

 

Anyway here are the numbers:

The Details:

MQM’s:     12,573 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM’s)

Fare:         $536

Cost:           4.3 Cents Per Mile (CPM)

 

August 29th, 2016 One Night Layover, Return on September 1st

 

Will you be taking advantage of this latest ‘Attack Fare’ by Delta?

 If so, will you credit to your SkyMiles or MileagePlan account?

 

Thank you for visiting and following us, hopefully throughout 2016 here at Renes Points and Elite Mileage Runs  – Best Wishes and Happy Travels. Enjoy your travels!  – John @laptoptravel

San Diego to Austin 1st class $688 and 9304 MQMs at 7.3CPM – Delta Air Lines Elite Mileage Run

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016  by John @laptoptravel

 

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It’s been way too long (in my opinion) since I have been able to find another First Class (domestic Business) Delta Air Lines Mileage Run, but suddenly this deal popped up on our fare screenings.

The San Diego to Austin run is an overnight run (so not hotel required) but it is a long time from departure to return.

If you are okay with that, then by all means grab this deal NOW!  I found only two dates (August 5th and August 12th) that worked for the San Diego departure dates.  Now if you try to book this make sure you have the Detroit connection on both the outbound and return itineraries to get the maximum Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM’s) for you dollars.

This is a fantastic run if you seek about 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles.  It takes place in almost the same-day, but you do arrive back in Austin early on the second day; a result of having five flights on this itinerary.  The long layover at the San Francisco airport will allow you try out the Centurion Lounge there or the newly remodeled San Francisco SkyClub.

No worries, though right? You are enjoying these flights in the front of the aircraft and will enjoy meals, a comfortable seat and the service you have come to expect from Delta domestically. Your fare class is ‘P’ for all segments so that means a 1.5X miles flown (6,203) for your Fare Class.

Now, I was able to make this work directly through Delta’s website.

and so I created a special booking link that does work below.  Since you are flying First Class you are not worried about upgrades, therefore you can choose to enter your SkyMiles (or another SkyTeam partner’s, or even Alaska Airlines’ MileagePlan) number and then purchase this route.

Anyway here are the numbers:

The Details:

MQM’s:     9,304 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM’s)

Fare:         $688

Cost:           7.3 Cents Per Mile (CPM)

San Diego – Detroit – Austin  –  Detroit  – San Diego

August 5th, 2016 Same-Day/Overnight

Thank you for visiting and following us, hopefully throughout 2016 here at Renes Points and Elite Mileage Runs  – Best Wishes and Happy Travels. Enjoy your travels!  – John @laptoptravel

Dallas to San Francisco 1st class $561 at 6.1CPM Delta Elite Mileage Run

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Friday, June 10, 2016   by John @laptoptravel

 

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A Choice of Two Itineraries : Two Prices

 

Well for followers of the Elite Mileage Run blog and our Twitter followers we have a great First Class Mileage Run found on Delta Air Lines again.

I am actually currently in Hawaii on a working trip but worked out this search this morning and just had to share for ‘mainlanders.’ This is quite similar to our recent Dallas to San Francisco Mileage Run for June.

On this example you can actually select one of two itineraries, for a fare difference.  My example is $561, however there is another one (as shown in the image at the top) of the other fare ($625) which works out to 6.8 CPM.  Either one is a great bargain for First Class.

Well, here you go.  Don’t forget to first log into your Delta account and then proceed with our booking instructions.

KAYAK DIRECT BOOKING LINK  Click on the “View Deal” that will take you through to Delta’s booking site.

Dallas – Detroit – San Francisco – Detroit – Dallas       August 8th -9th (Overnight)

FARE:        $561

MQM’S:    9,200 Medallion Qualification Miles

COST:        6.1 CPM (Cents Per Medallion Qualification Mile)

In searching for dates (a very complicated process, without much help from many of the online travel agency (OTA) sites) I found only the one date of an August 8th departure for this fare deal. Thank you for visiting and following us, hopefully throughout 2016 here at Renes Points and Elite Mileage Runs  – Best Wishes and Happy Travels. Enjoy your travels!  – John @laptoptravel

 

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Dallas to San Francisco $511 Delta First Class Elite Mileage Run at 5.6CPM

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Friday, June 3, 2016   by John @laptoptravel

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Well for followers of the Elite Mileage Run blog and our Twitter followers we have a great First Class Mileage Run found on Delta Air Lines again.

I am actually heading out shortly on a huge trip but got a weird alert on my computer search this morning telling me there was a ‘fare discrepancy’ (make of that what you will…) So I felt compelled to check it out and dig some more.

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A Sample of a Coach Search Result                   Click on Image to Enlarge

 

Sure enough, I found a little trick that will help you great a First Class itinerary earning 9,200 Medallion Qualification Miles in a single overnight itinerary; one which I have done twice myself.

So, once you search for the lowest coach fare (I found these for between $310 and $318) which is still not a bad coach run…you can then wait for Delta to offer you the opportunity to upgrade to First Class for $50.25/per person/per segment. So for an additional $201 you are getting your confirmed First Class seats, food service as well as 50% bonus MQM’s.

 

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For some reasons that I really did not have time to investigate many of these First Class fares are not showing up on the typical searches the public might use.  That is why this little upgrade trick is  so sweet!

Neat, huh?

Well, here you go.  Don’t forget to first log into your Delta account and then proceed with our booking instructions.

KAYAK DIRECT BOOKING LINK  Click on the “View Deal” that will take you through to Delta’s booking site.

Dallas – Detroit – San Francisco – Detroit – Dallas  June 14th-15th (Overnight)

FARE:        $518

MQM’S:    9,200 Medallion Qualification Miles

COST:        5.6 CPM (Cents Per Medallion Qualification Mile)

In searching for dates (a very complicated process, without much help from many of the online travel agency (OTA) sites) I found the following Departure dates:

June 7th     June 13th      June 14th     June 16th

and June 28th (Note this fare is a bit cheaper at $510.60 for First Class)

 

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Check out this fare!      Click on Image to Enlarge

 

Thank you for visiting and following us, hopefully throughout 2016 here at Renes Points and Elite Mileage Runs  – Best Wishes and Happy Travels. Enjoy your travels!  – John @laptoptravel

 

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Could Delta or United Be Considering Buying Latin America’s Avianca Airlines?

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Delta Acquire Avianca

Will Delta Acquire Avianca?

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Back in April of 2015 I wrote “I am absolutely certain that one of the biggest fare war battles is starting to brew in Latin American and Caribbean routes. Richard Anderson (CEO of Delta at that time) has made it very clear that he intends for Delta to become the preeminent carrier in those regions. The recent partnership alliance with AeroMexico is just a hint of what’s to come…”

Fast forward to today and we can see that Delta has increased its ownership in Aeromexico and is raising its stake in GOL (a Brazilian partner) in its pursuit of increased presence in the Latin and South American markets.

The U.S. airline industry has gone through a lot of consolidation leaving us with what will be four major airlines; American, Delta, United and soon to be Alaska (post Virgin America merger.) While large successful airlines are rich with recent profits, it makes sense for them to shop around for deals which effectively increase their market share overnight by simply ‘buying’ that presence in the form of joint-partner agreements and mergers.

Such examples are Delta’s investment in China Eastern, Virgin Atlantic, Aeromexico and GOL.  Etihad owns a large portion of Alitalia. There are many other such examples. Those investments keep the original airline’s name, livery and operations intact; although they often join into one of the three large airline alliances; Oneworld, SkyTeam or Star Alliance. By doing so, it opens up more opportunities for members of that alliance with increased connections and reward travel with that carrier.

According to The Wall Street Journal Delta Air Lines and United Airlines are considering bidding for ownership of Avianca; which is one of Latin America’s largest airlines:

United Continental Holdings Inc. and Delta Air Lines Inc. are among suitors considering bids for Avianca Holdings SA, according to people familiar with the matter, as airlines around the world seek combinations to help them withstand fierce competition and bulk up internationally. 

Advisers to Avianca have distributed a document to potential bidders seeking a $500 million capital injection, one of the people said, adding that could develop into a full sale. The process is in early stages, the people said, and there may be no deal at all. 

Avianca one of the largest airline companies in Latin America, is based in Panama and owns carriers including its Colombian namesake and Tampa Cargo SA in that country, and AeroGal in Ecuador. In 2010, Avianca merged with Grupo Taca, which had airlines in El Salvador, Costa Rica, Peru, Nicaragua and Honduras. Avianca went public in 2011 and has a market value equal to roughly $600 million.

Now, if anything were to come of this, and say Delta ends up with owning Avianca, I would not expect them to re-brand the airline into Delta.  There are many advantages for Delta (or United) to keep the livery, look and feel of Avianca; especially since the airline is so widely recognized in the Latin American market.

Ever since Delta’s (ex) CEO Richard Anderson set his sights on the Latin and South American markets about four years ago they have been searching for ways to compete there successfully against American Airlines who is by far the most dominant of the Big 3 U.S. carriers in that arena. Purchasing Avianca would give Delta that immediate boost to challenge American. Given that American already has a joint-venture partnership with LATAM a deal to takeover Avianca could be huge.

Having Avianca would open up a new door and immediate benefits to Delta for connecting routes once they ‘fed’ these with their own mainline jets into the region.  This would be similar to Delta’s expansion plans with their partnership with China Eastern,

Avianca is a Star Alliance partner, so that would make a takeover more attractive for United Airlines, however perhaps even a bigger coup d’état if Delta could snatch away a Star Alliance member and convert them to the SkyTeam world.  It also would give Delta more access to Cuba, as we know that market will open up for U.S. carrier approval and competition soon.

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Avianca operates a fleet made up of about 90 percent Airbus aircraft, although they do have 8 Boeing 787’s in their fleet.

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Avianca Business Class – A Solid Product   Source: Avianca

Recently, I have flown several flights into Latin and South America and in many cities Delta had but a single flight in and out from those airports back to my originating airport.  In fact, in Lima, Peru, Delta’s ticket counter was shared between three airlines and no one even manned it for Delta until starting at 10pm at night!  I would love to see Delta offer more connections and increased scheduling in these markets.

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We would love to hear what you think of this possibility – We’ll see you ‘Up There’ soon!  – John @laptoptravel

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Los Angeles to Dallas $498 First Class 7,000+ MQMs at 6.9CPM Delta Mileage Run

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Saturday, May 28, 2016   by John @laptoptravel

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Los Angeles LAX - Dallas DFW Delta Air Lines First Class Mileage Run Aug 10 2016 Booking

LAX-DFW Delta MR Aug 10 2016 Map

Let’s follow-up our earlier post, a First Class Mileage Run from Austin to San Francisco with a Los Angeles to Austin run.  Yes, this one is also a First Class run that comes in under 7 Cents Per Mile (CPM)!

I am finding a few First Class Mileage Runs, and most are coming from or going to West Coast hubs. I love it when we can share a good First Class (domestic Business) Mileage Run, and you really should take advantage, since these seemed to have recently dried up.  Anytime one pops up I try to take advantage if it works out with my schedule.  After all, First Class means 1.5 times air miles flown for MQM’s and you usually get a meal, plus some of the best service in the skies from a domestic airline!

Routing through Minneapolis in both directions maximizes your MQM’s; one that delivers 7,164 Medallion Qualification Miles! It also all fits neatly into a single 24-hour day on my example.

There are a few dates scattered through August and September that I found that are valid for this fare and routing:

The layovers at the airports will allow you try out the Minneapolis Escape Lounge (MSP), which recently joined as a Priority Pass partner, or the Centurion Lounge or the newly re-opened DFW SkyClub both in the Dallas aiport.

Don’t forget you are going to be fed on these flights with Delta’s first class service.  You are enjoying these flights in the front of the aircraft and will enjoy meals, a comfortable seat and the service you have come to expect from Delta domestically.

 

Los Angeles LAX - Dallas DFW Delta Air Lines First Class Mileage Run Aug 10 2016 Kayak

Flight Details – Make Sure You Select this Itinerary

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The booking link below will take you to Kayak and from there you can simply click on “View Deal” (as shown in my screenshot above.)  That takes you through to Delta’s website where your flights are pre-filled, where you can review the itinerary, and then purchase this route.

Anyway here are the numbers:

The Details:

MQM’s:     7,164 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM’s)

Fare:         $498

Cost:           6.9 Cents Per Mile (CPM)

Please login to your Delta Airlines / SkyMiles account before you click on the booking link below:

DIRECT BOOKING LINK (Kayak)

Los Angeles – Minneapolis – Dallas (DFW) – Minneapolis – Los Angeles

August 10th, 2016 Same-Day

When looking, make sure you select the itinerary shown above:  it is the only one that has the cheapest fare and the most MQM’s. There are a lot of other, much less Mileage Run worthy, alternatives.

Thank you for visiting and following us, hopefully throughout 2016 here at Renes Points and Elite Mileage Runs  – Best Wishes and Happy Travels. Enjoy your travels!  – John @laptoptravel

Austin to San Francisco 1st class $752 & 9785 MQMs at 7.7CPM – Delta Air Lines Elite Mileage Run

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Saturday, May 28, 2016   by John @laptoptravel

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AUS-ATL-MSP-SFO-DTW-AUS MR Map

Now this is how we like to see a Mileage Run path!

AUS-SFO MR FLight Details

Flight Details   –  Click on Image to Enlarge

 

AUS-SFO MR Orbitz

Booked Through Orbitz

It’s been too long since I have been able to find a good First Class (domestic Business) Mileage Run, but last night a lot of interesting opportunities opened up.  The Austin to San Francisco run is enhanced by the fact that I was able to force a connection to Atlanta first, then on to Minneapolis and San Francisco.  The return connects through Detroit and that delivers 9,785 Medallion Qualification Miles!

Here are the dates I found that are valid for this fare and routing:

AUS-SFO MR Fare Calendar

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This is a fantastic run if you seek about 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles.  It takes place in almost the same-day, but you do arrive back in Austin early on the second day; a result of having five flights on this itinerary.  The long layover at the San Francisco airport will allow you try out the Centurion Lounge there or the newly remodeled San Francisco SkyClub.

No worries, though right? You are enjoying these flights in the front of the aircraft and will enjoy meals, a comfortable seat and the service you have come to expect from Delta domestically. Your fare class is ‘A’ for all five segments, so that means a 1.5X miles flown (6,523) for your Fare Class.

Now, I was not able to make this work directly through Delta’s website and so I created a special booking link that does work below.  That takes you through to Orbitz where you can review the itinerary, enter your SkyMiles (or another SkyTeam partner’s, or even Alaska Airlines’ MileagePlan) number and then purchase this route.

Anyway here are the numbers:

The Details:

MQM’s:     9,785 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM’s)

Fare:         $752

Cost:           7.7 Cents Per Mile (CPM)

ORBITZ  –  DIRECT BOOKING LINK

Austin – Atlanta – Minneapolis – San Francisco – Detroit – Austin

September 3rd, 2016 Same-Day/Overnight

 

Thank you for visiting and following us, hopefully throughout 2016 here at Renes Points and Elite Mileage Runs  – Best Wishes and Happy Travels. Enjoy your travels!  – John @laptoptravel

An Insight into Alaska Airlines’ Mindset Going Forward with Virgin America Merger

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The Merger is Expected to Be Completed in 2018

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I am very excited, as so many are, and intrigued by the merger between Alaska Airlines and Virgin America. For myself, as an MVP 75K member, it opens up new opportunities, increased capacity and more choices (especially along the West Coast.)

First Class Alaska Airlines

First Class breakfast aboard Alaska’s B737-800 (enroute between SEA & LAX)

Alaska has a team dedicated to the transition and we are anxious to hear exactly how they plan to integrate Virgin’s fleet and operational uniqueness into the Alaska system. There is a lot of speculation of what Alaska will or won’t do when it comes to absorbing Virgin America’s ‘hip peculiarities’; Boeing versus Airbus, Hip versus Conservative, Routes, Interiors, Perks and an endless myriad of policies.  How will they do it?  What are they thinking?

Thankfully, this week, we got another peek into the mindset of Alaska regarding some of those issues. Here are some highlights from a recent presentation by Scott Habberstad, Director of Sales and Community Marketing for Alaska Airlines.

A recent report by KRBD, a Ketchikan, Alaska radio station and news organization, offers some insights into Alaska Airlines’ thinking going forward with the Virgin American merger. Habberstad stated that the airline sees no reason why the merger would not get approved by the government. He also addresses the culture of Virgin America and how that might translate, in some form, through to Alaska Airlines’ operations:

“Virgin is different. It’s an experience. You board listening to Beyoncé,” he said. “It’s got purple mood lighting in the airplanes. It’s a different experience, but it’s a good experience. It’s fresher, it’s new. While I don’t think you’ll board to Beyoncé on us in the future, there might be a little bit of an uptick: A little fresher brand coming from us.”

He also said that Alaska will ‘try out’ the Airbus aircraft which are currently mostly leased on Virgin’s fleet.

Habberstad also mentioned Alaska Airlines’ relationship with Delta. He said “Delta is a good partner and a good competitor.” He also remarked that in spite of the fierce competition with Delta in the Seattle market that the Virgin America merger will allow Alaska to strengthen that position.

 

Synergy RouteMap Alaska Airlines Virgin America Merger

Current Map of Both Airlines’ Routes

I take that statement (about Delta being a good partner) with a grain of salt.  Surely, with a written partnership agreement between the two airlines negative statements are going to come forth with minimal frequency.  The two airlines still work together and Alaska even offers bonus EQM’s for its Alaska frequent flyer program, MileagePlan for members who fly Delta’s premium fares and credit them back to their Alaska account.

Habberstad added that the company will be concentrating on expanding its international partnerships in the future as well.

This is an absolute necessity; since Alaska’s international reach is limited to Canada, Costa Rica and Mexico. As the SeaTac (Seattle/Tacoma) Airport continues with its new international terminal it’s in Alaska’s best interest to get some ancillary revenue through that with increased international flights and partnerships.  After all, Alaska is going to pay its share for that terminal, based on passenger traffic whether they like it or not; a fact that Delta will surely reap the benefits of as it ramps up its Seattle hub for future international destinations and increased routes.  Delta’s goal is to increase its flights five-fold over summer of 2014’s traffic.

Alaska has a lot on their plate, and as oil prices (and jet fuel costs) rise, the costs of the merger, paying for the new SeaTac international terminal and competition with Delta make its burden heavy-laden, so no missteps can be afforded.

What do you think of the Alaska/Virgin merger?  Do you think this will help Alaska in their battle with their ‘frenemy’ Delta Air Lines? Have Fun ‘Up there!’ – John @ laptoptravel

Delta Pilots Fall Asleep Over Mediterranean, F-16’s Scrambled Shortly After Loss of Egypt Air 804 – [CORRECTION has been posted!]

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EDIT: Correction can be found HERE. Crew was  NOT  asleep but communication was lost for ~30 minutes between the flight and air traffic controllers. 

 A Guest Post by John @laptoptravel

Delta Boeing 767-400

The tragic loss of EgyptAir’s Flight 804 is still fresh on the minds of the world, and especially the travel industry.  Without any definitive answers we are left to wonder what caused the loss of so many lives. Within a few hours of the disappearance of MS804, a Delta Air Lines jet was also streaking across the skies above the Mediterranean Sea; Delta flight 8957 (a Boeing 767-400 charter flight from Frankfurt Hahn to Kuwait.)

Air traffic controllers around the world were on a heightened alert status and as the DL8957 strayed into Greece’s airspace they took immediate and decisive action to prevent what could have been (in their minds) another potential airline disaster.

Controllers based at the Athens airport continually requested that the Delta aircraft identify itself and asked the pilots to respond; all without a reply.  These please went on for several minutes until, fearing that the plane could possibly be a victim of hijacking, the air traffic controllers contacted the Greek Civil Authority who then informed the Ministry of Defense that they were unable to get any replies from the flight’s pilots.

Delta Flight 8957 Santorini FLight Path Map

According to Greek Air Traffic Controllers Delta            Flight Wandered into Greece’s AirSpace

At that point two F-16 fighter jets were scrambled to intercept the aircraft; now labeled as a ‘ghost flight’ for its failure to respond and identify. The jets intercepted the flight near the Greek island of Santorini and attempted to ascertain the situation.

Greek F-16 Fighter Jets to Intercept Delta Flight Over Santorini Greek Island Mediterranean

(Source – Wikipedia Commons License)

It is at this point that the fighters reported back to the Ministry of Defense that the pilots were seated in the cabin but appeared to be asleep. Efforts were made by one of the fighter jet’s pilots to fly in front of the Delta aircraft and attempted to awake the pilots using light signals; but with no response.

It was at this time that passengers onboard the Delta flight noticed the two fighter jets tracking the chartered aircraft and they notified the flight attendants. Apparently, getting no response from the on-flight intercom system, the crew banged on the cockpit door which awoken the pilots. After awakening, the pilots did make contact with Greek air controllers, but by then almost an hour had passed since the first attempts to contact the Delta aircraft.

No one should feel safe in this situation; not air traffic controllers, not the crew, the passengers…and certainly not the flying public.  Often crew take naps on long international flights but those are doing alternating between a pilot and a co-pilot.  We still do not know why both officers were asleep at the same time.

Your imagination could run with the many other possible outcomes that could have resulted from such a lapse in judgment or procedure. It begs the question that wouldn’t have the pilots been notified at some point of the loss of Egypt Air’s flight 804?  If they were, shouldn’t they have been extra vigilant in their duties and not allowed themselves to fall asleep in unison?

Delta has promised an internal investigation; which given the timing, is a certainty. Their official statement thus far has been:

While transiting to Greek airspace, the flight crew of Delta flight 8957, a charter operation from Hahn, Germany to Kuwait, was unable to establish radio communications with Greek air traffic control for a short period.

“This occurred during a hand-off between air traffic control agencies and communications were expeditiously re-established. At no point did the Boeing 767-400ER leave its planned route of flight.”

How would you feel if you were on this flight (or another where the flight deck was sleeping?)  Safe Travels – John @ laptoptravel

 

Denver to Ireland $538 & 9,636 MQM’s at 5.6CPM Delta Elite Vacation Run / Fare

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Friday, May 13, 2016   by John @laptoptravel

 

DEN-DUB Oct Nov DL Dublin

The River Liffey flows through the center of Dublin

DEN-DUB Oct Nov DL Book

DEN-DUB Oct Nov FCal

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Available Dates in October / November

 Following up on our recent Mileage Run post, San Francisco to Dublin, we put forth another opportunity to get to Dublin, Ireland; this time from Denver.

It appears that there are some weaknesses on several international routes, as evidenced by recent earnings statements by the Big 3 U.S. domestic airlines.  As a result, passengers can take advantage of sale prices that we are seeing sporadically.  American has been very aggressive with Asia routings and now we have found a great fare to Europe for those of you considering a Fall trip; this time to Dublin, Ireland.

Although this is a great vacation fare to Europe it may not technically qualify as a Mileage Run (priced at 5.6  cents per mile) but still is a low airfare (for Delta) to Dublin that is NOT an error fare; it is just priced that way by Delta Air Lines.  Delta has been targeting United Airlines’ hub airports, so Denver is a great value for as low as $538 round-trip in September and October.

I personally did Dublin last year when a similar Delta fare deal was offered and had a wonderful time and enjoyed great weather!

For a fare this low, you must stay a week, or longer.  There are a lot of dates open and we have just shown you one here in our example.  But taking our booking links you can search for alternative dates.

A great tip for this fare would be to use FlexPerks and book the trip for only 30,000 points!  Now that would be a sweet deal!

Also, this is a ‘Pay With Miles’ eligible fare for those of you who hold a Delta/American Express co-branded card, so you can ‘buy down’ the fare with your SkyMiles and still earn full MQM’s! Another myth busted for those who still think you will lose all MQM’s if you use “Pay With Miles.” You will still get the MQM’s, but you are reducing your redeemable miles as they are tied to the base fare PAID.

Anyway here are the numbers:

The Details:

MQM’s:     9,636 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM’s)

Fare:         $538

Cost:           5.6 Cents Per Mile (CPM)

Please login to your Delta account before you click on the booking link below:

This link books through Delta.com  –

DIRECT BOOKING LINK  Denver – JFK – Dublin – JFK – Denver

Another tip:  For our Alaska Airlines readers, you could credit this to your Mileage Plan account and earn 4,818 redeemable miles and 9,636 Elite Qualifying Miles to that program. Thank you for visiting and following us, hopefully throughout 2016 here at Renes Points and Elite Mileage Runs

I also suggest that you take the time to read this article I wrote on Mobile Passport and load it onto your mobile device before taking this trip and see how great it works in the JFK Airport, which was just added in April! Best Wishes and Happy Travels. Enjoy your travels!  – John @laptoptravel

 

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If you are in need of 10,000 MQMs the above cards are one of the simplest ways to get the MQMs as you plan for this year’s Medallion qualifications. It is VERY important you see THIS POST <-LINK to check if you have ever had the personal card bonus EVER before as that will prevent you from getting it again. As to the business cards, you must not have EVER had the card before to get the new card bonus. Do note the annual fee is NOT waived for the above cards however the value of the MQM’s to me far outweighs the cost of holding the card for a year or more.

San Francisco to Ireland $477 & 12,154 MQM’s at 3.9CPM Delta Elite Vacation Run / Fare

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Friday, May 13, 2016   by John @laptoptravel

SFO-DUB Sep Oct DL Temple Bar

SFO-DUB Sep Oct DL FCal

“Available Dates in April / May” to “Available Dates in September / October”

SFO-DUB Sep Oct DL Book

It appears that there are some weaknesses on several international routes, as evidenced by recent earnings statements by the Big 3 U.S. domestic airlines.  As a result, passengers can take advantage of sale prices that we are seeing sporadically.  American has been very aggressive with Asia routings and now we have found a great fare to Europe for those of you considering a Fall trip; this time to Dublin, Ireland.

Besides being a great vacation fare to Europe it also qualifies as a Mileage Run (priced less than 4 cents per mile) and is one of the lowest airfares we have seen in years from the West Coast to Dublin that is NOT an error fare; it is just priced that way by Delta Air Lines.  Delta has been targeting United Airlines’ hub airports, so San Francisco is a great value for as low as $477 round-trip in September and October.

I personally did Dublin last year when a similar Delta fare deal was offered and had a wonderful time and enjoyed great weather!

For a fare this low, you must stay a week, or longer.  There are a lot of dates open and we have just shown you one here in our example.  But taking our booking links you can search for alternative dates.

I also like the Atlanta to Dublin and return the same path.  That way you get a longer international flight and you will earn more Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM’s) this way rather than flying between JFK and Dublin..

A great tip for this fare would be to use FlexPerks and book the trip for only 25,000 points!  Now that would be a sweet deal!

Also, this is a ‘Pay With Miles’ eligible fare for those of you who hold a Delta/American Express co-branded card, so you can ‘buy down’ the fare with your SkyMiles and still earn full MQM’s! Another myth busted for those who still think you will lose all MQM’s if you use “Pay With Miles.” You will still get the MQM’s, but you are reducing your redeemable miles as they are tied to the base fare PAID.

Anyway here are the numbers:

The Details:

MQM’s:     12,154 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM’s)

Fare:         $477

Cost:           3.9 Cents Per Mile (CPM)

Please login to your Delta account before you click on the booking link below:

This link books through Delta.com  –

DIRECT BOOKING LINK  San Francisco – Atlanta – Dublin – Atlanta – San Francisco

Another tip:  For our Alaska Airlines readers, you could credit this to your Mileage Plan account and earn 6,077 redeemable miles and 12,154 Elite Qualifiying Miles to that program. Thank you for visiting and following us, hopefully throughout 2016 here at Renes Points and Elite Mileage Runs

I also suggest that you take the time to read this article I wrote on Mobile Passport and load it onto your mobile device before taking this trip and see how great it works in the Atlanta Airport (and the JFK airport has also been recently added!) Best Wishes and Happy Travels. Enjoy your travels!  – John @laptoptravel

 

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If you are in need of 10,000 MQMs the above cards are one of the simplest ways to get the MQMs as you plan for this year’s Medallion qualifications. It is VERY important you see THIS POST <-LINK to check if you have ever had the personal card bonus EVER before as that will prevent you from getting it again. As to the business cards, you must not have EVER had the card before to get the new card bonus. Do note the annual fee is NOT waived for the above cards however the value of the MQM’s to me far outweighs the cost of holding the card for a year or more.