Different Day, Same Delay: Delta 975 AGAIN Pushed 18+ Hours; Why Are Some Delta Pilots Upset?

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I hope your weekend — or whenever you read this — is off to a great start.

We covered a lot on the blog, so here’s a diary of the past week on Rene’s Points!

Maybe you’re in Las Vegas right now — or returning from a Sin City trip by the time you read this post. A friend of mine says only “(bad) parents” take their kids to Vegas. (“Bad” is a very watered down substitute for the actual phrase she used. You can find it in the article.

Plenty of readers are happy Delta is implementing a daytime flight from JFK to London. People commented this option is both friendlier both work- and jetlag wise.

Know what won’t make people happy? Delta slapping time limits on Sky Club visits matching Centurion Lounge and The Club policies.

We talked about lots of Delta maintenance issues this week. An Edinburgh-bound flight’s diversion to Portland caused problems on Sunday. Delta had three engine-related diversions in less than two weeks. Eeps.

Stressed woman in airport during flight delay.


And then there was the saga of Wednesday’s flight DL975 from JFK to LAX. Would you believe that flight number suffered another 18+ hour delay on Thursday morning?! 

Construction at MSP caused looonng security delays — and it may not get much better for a few months. And family traveling with an autistic member created an alleged security hazard.

People sometimes get MQD waivers mixed with MQM bonuses — especially if they hold a Delta Reserve card. We discussed all the differences and a few readers added their own helpful tips.

Global Entry and APC Kiosks, located at international airports across the nation, streamline the passenger's entry into the United States. Photo by James Tourtellotte

(Photo by James Tourtellotte/CBP)

Also on the credit card front, I recommended five no or low annual fee credit cards with free Global Entry and TSA PreCheck credit. If you’re interested in the PenFed Amex card, please check back here September 1.

If you want a bunch of Hilton Honors points, remember that Wednesday is the final day for increased welcome bonuses on the Hilton Honors Surpass American Express (learn how to apply) and no annual fee Hilton Honors American Express card (learn how to apply).

And finally, a much-read-but-not-well-received post was my cautionary tale about my bad luck taking the first flight or two of the day. Holy cow; that sure struck a nerve.

Other Delta News

Here’s some other mothership news from the week!

Delta Private Jet Upgrades: What Happened to Delta’s Promised Surprise and Delight?

Peter From ‘The Bachelorette’ Could Be Piloting Your Next Delta Flight

Delta Pilots Upset That Primo Routes to Europe Are Going to Foreign Partners

More Travel Tidbits

A few other stories caught my eye. You, too, may find them interesting.

The Complexities of Boarding an Airplane

FOX 8 journalist Nancy Parker killed in Friday’s plane crash

Southwest ending some Oklahoma, California and Florida routes out of Love Field

Do pilots get bored on long-haul flights?

Coming Up This Week

We’re ramping up our mileage run searches — and need your input. So please keep an eye out for Monday’s morning and afternoon posts.

Remember awesome Adam and his crew are mileage run masters and create a custom run for you.

As always: thanks for reading, commenting, and sharing.


ANOTHER Delta Flight Diverts Because of Engine Problems. Do You Feel Safe Flying Delta Jets?

A Delta MD-88 and its engines being worked on at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Three Delta Air Lines flights during the last ten days have suffered engine problems and diverted course. (That’s as often as Delta issues weather waivers for New York City airports! :- ) ) Engine trouble certainly isn’t uncommon; but mid-air engine failures shouldn’t exactly be routine.

Will Delta Change Sky Clubs to Match 3 Hours Before Flight Like Centurion and “The Club” Lounges? What Else may Change Before Year end?

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“(Bad) Parents Take Their Kids to Las Vegas”

A picture of the Las Vegas strip at night taken from a high vantage point. The view is north along the mid-strip area on December 23, 2015.

Some colleagues and I walked down the Las Vegas Strip about midnight during a recent work trip. We saw a variety of people: tourists of all shapes, sizes, races, demeanors, and sobriety levels. Attraction hype people. Security and police officers. Vendors. Street performers. You know, the typical Vegas Strip crowd. (Really, people you may see in any major city.) We also saw some families with children in strollers. One of my work friends asked our … Continue reading