RenésPoints March 2016 Newsletter

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Q1-2016 is in the books. How are you doing on reaching your Delta elite Medallion levels so far (or have you given up this year)? I will be flying only twice next month, once for fun and once for work. But that is April, let’s review March and see if there was anything you missed:

➥ Should mileage runners worry / pay to offset their carbon footprint? Have you used the Delta carbon tool?

➥ An interesting Atlanta SkyMiles Experience golf offer & changes on the way to the Delta site.

➥ Are there times Delta BASIC E fares are a good choice? Even for Medallions?

➥ Review: Delta steak and potatoes dinner 1st class & FEBO meal service update from Delta CORP.

➥ Review: Delta 1st class Meatballs with spinach, ricotta cheese and crostini

➥ KLM Flying Blue is doubling many award ticket prices today – you must call to book!

➥ Are Delta FCM up-sells enough to offset the declining number of elites? Is the psychology working?

➥  A WARNING about Delta C+ upgrades on KLM awards & KLM award booking issues continue today!

➥ I may never ever have to pay for Gogo wifi ever again (as long as these deals stay alive)!

➥ Will ZIKA virus change where you travel in 2016? Are you taking precautions? Are natural or chemical mosquito repellents your choice?

➥ You guessed it – it’s Saturday so Delta Schedule Change Saturday is upon us. Check your flights!

➥ I am stoked – I will become a Delta Million Miler flying a 747 from Japan! #AVgeek

➥ Is there any way to get the AMEX bonus again. Are there workarounds if you had the card before?

➥ Multiple AMEX cards Twitter SYNC offers is working again! Sweet savings up for grabs.

➥ Trip report: Diving with Barbados Blue PADI Divers

➥ I am so giving up on “status” after this year. I will just try to make mid-tier levels work.

➥ Earn 18,000 FREE KLM Flying Blue points for Trip Advisor surveys per year!

➥ How to track your incoming aircraft with the Fly Delta APP.

➥ Am I the only one who clear as day understands Delta Comfort Plus is just NOT worth it at ANY price?

➥ What are the BEST airports to be a Delta Medallion flyer for perks / awards / upgrades? You tell me!

➥ Late to the game but going for 40k IHG points with Accelerate 2016 (nice to be loyalty free)!

Sweden predicts end of cash in 5 years – “we” can’t even have chip-N-pin payments!

➥ NO NOTICE – Delta jumps USA to Australia awards to 190,000 SkyMiles RT in business class after 1NOV16 LEVEL 1 award

➥ Gosh I am sick of utilizing AMEX towing perk (but interesting info from tow drivers).

What Delta should fear more than C+/C- seats sales is elite buying 1st on other airlines (and liking it)!

➥ I really don’t understand Delta’s new TV commercials. Can someone explain them to me?

Airlines Executive Lounge Barbados BGI airport Priority Pass lounge by RenésPoints

➥ Travel tech: Does using a VPN affect your internet speed? Is it worth it?

➥ How NOT to cancel a travel card (by accident)! – by Noah Mark

➥ Rules are there for a reason (sometimes). But laptop from gate through takeoff? Really?

➥ Delta’s new 757-200(OW) mods for 1st, Comfort Plus & overhead “cabin” dividers. My new favorite C+ seating section.

➥ Now that Starwood is unlikely to be Marriott’ed, am I going back to SPG? Maybe!

➥ Sweet AMEX Google Express offer $30 off / $30 spend with 1st time user code! – [targeted]

➥ Can you buy a new car with a travel card for points? I did (well mostly)!

WARNINGS about Delta digital HOOU or Have One On Us digital coupons before you fly!

➥ Smart reasons to print your HOOU coupons before flight!

➥ Delta living up to it’s promise to sell 1st class upgrades CHEAP. This is why your Medallion upgrade percentages are tanking in 2016!

➥ Thankfully this Delta CRJ700 with just 2 rows of 1st class seats is NOT going to become standard! (Phew).

➥ Just what is appropriate “aisle seat etiquette”? Are you one of “those” people? A guest post by BOB!

➥ BREAKING NEWS: Delta will soon allow preselection of 1st class meal choice at booking!

➥ Are you making a BIG points mistake that could cost you a fortune in travel? Many are!

➥ Sprint / AAdvantage 25,000 point switching offer PLUS 5,000 / year for existing customers!

No Freddie Awards or Delta JET pull for me this year. I will be at FTU Vegas (see you there?)!

➥ Trip report: Final thoughts of the island of Barbados – would I go back?

➥ I wish I could understand the crazy alchemy of Delta Global upgrade certs & REV MGT!

$25 Carrabba’s gift card & Delta HOOU giveaway & a sad #AdiosAMIGO to @DosEquis “The Most Interesting Man in the World”

➥ Mobile Passport APP Makes U.S. Re-Entry Fast and Easy and it’s FREE!

➥ Delta’s change in award fare coding has little impact on LEVEL 1-5 awards.

THE CLUB at MCO Orlando Florida Airport lounge review by Renés Points

➥ Tips, thoughts and recommendations for Delta Upgrade certificates (Global & Regional).

➥ Will Delta pilots go on strike anytime soon? What does the union Chairman’s Letter tell us?

I am so happy winter is OVER (yeah I am calling it). I can’t wait for FTU next month as well as a fun BBQ run to Texas! Also, if you just found the blog, or were on vacation, you may have missed the January or February or March or April or May or June or July or August’s newsletters! Please take a look as you missed out on some amazing Delta bits you need to know! – René


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  1. i’m way behind on trips and miles as a family health issue has kept us grounded since jan3!!!!!

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