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Rookie Wednesday: Understanding frequent flyer short terms!

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Welcome to a weekly feature on the Renés Points blog. Each week this series covers in a “rookie” way either a Delta or travel related theme and attempts to break down to a basic level each topic. You can read up on all the previous posts HERE. Now on to this week’s feature.

So today I got a DL ETV after a my flight was over and I VDB. Since I was 50th on the UG list on an MD, being an FO and on an LUT, why not take a bump being on an MR anyway and my rebook was on an INT BE 767 with AVOD and with the extra leg I got extra MQM’s since I cannot make GM+ on MQS’s.

So what did I just say? This is the kind of jargon we all use in the frequent flyer world. We shorten everything! Why; why not? It is often simpler to use short terms. The above means:

So today I got a Delta Electronic Travel Voucher after my flight was over(sold) and I Voluntary (was) Denied Boarding. Since I was 50th on the Up Grade list on a Mad Dog (McDonald Douglas 88 or 90), being a Silver Medallion and on an LUT (low cost economy fare class ticket), why not take a bump (give up my seat) being on a Mileage Run anyway and my rebook was on an Internationally Equipped Business Elite 767 with Audio & Visual on Demand and with the extra leg I got extra Medallion Qualifying Miles (points to earn status) since I cannot make Gold Medallion on Medallion Qualifying Segments (earning status via flights or segments).

Now as you can see, that is a lot of extra verbiage that is nice to be able to say with less! One good place to start when you are confused about short terms is a great link at FT (FlyerTalk) HERE that explains many of them.

The other thing is never be afraid to ask. I know most of the Delta vernacular, but when it comes to other airlines, or hotel “code” I often times have no idea what some are saying. I can guess, but sometimes just nod like I know what they are saying and go look it up later. 😉

Another suggestion, especially on FT, as they tend to be, shall we say hard on newbees, say you are one and just ask: “as a rookie, what does FT mean”. They will still rip you apart and say why did you not google or go to the glossary link or just know to search for whatever. (it pays to have a thick skin on FT)!

Having said that, google with a few key words can really help. If you just search for AVOD you will get a ton of hits that tell you what it is. Other terms may be harder. FO on it’s own does not help much, but FO DELTA does yield nice results.

Also please USE the Delta search box. As the corp reps at Delta always will tell you, Delta.com is the place to find the official and correct information regarding Delta Air Lines. For example. If you search for MQM you will find the below:

I hope this helps. Please try NOT to get frustrated when you see a term you do not understand. Bloggers, posters and such will not stop using these terms, but with a little work you can educate yourself and always feel free to ask questions when something is not clear. – René

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René de Lambert is a contributing writer and the founder of RenesPoints. He is an avid Delta and SkyTeam flyer who has held Delta’s top Diamond Medallion status for many years and flown millions of miles.

2 Comments

  1. Prolly a silly question, but can you ask for a an UG if you take the VDB. Also is it likely you actually get it? Or at least EC?

    Thanks

    • @Mark – oh you bet! In fact, that is the time to ASK for it while they are doing the VDB. Does not mean you will get it but EC should be no problem at all!

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