There are few things in life I hate on the web more than pop-ups. I think they are universally hated by just about everyone. Most browsers offer some kind if built in pop-up blocker but they do not always work and I turn them off for some pages as they can, at times, limit functionality for things like shopping portals where I can score bonus points.
Well as you can see from the above shot Delta will, now and then, yell at you to BUY NOW or, get this, “don’t miss your trip”! I assume this is in response to the fact that so many times, when you are paying for your ticket, you get the nasty surprise that says something like “the price for this ticket has just gone up” and they can now tell you that they warned you that others were shopping for the few seats remaining at that same price fare class you were shopping for. I am not overly impressed. You?
If you have not yet got your monthly SkyMiles or some other types of AMEX points posted for the past few weeks (after your statement has closed), you are not the only one. For as long as I can remember my Delta AMEX points have posted a day, maybe at worst two days, after my statement has generated. It has been this way for years. But now it has been a week and no points. There is a thread on FlyerTalk about this and notice what has been posted:
“Delta just confirmed to me that AMEX is having data file corruption issues with the Skymiles posting file which is sent via Electronic Data Interchange to Delta from Amex.
Apparently the March file was corrupted, Amex tried several times to resend, and the issue is expected to cause a 1 – 2 week delay posting Skymiles and MQM Mileboosts for portions of March and April 2016.” – BumpMeVoucherMeATL
I ran into BumpMeVoucherMeATL on my Arizona Boneyard tour return and he is a really nice guy btw but I also reached out to AMEX on twitter about this situation for confirmation and was told what you see above. I guess we just have to wait for our points to post. Sorry if this impacts you for some trip you were wanting to book. Maybe you can call AMEX if it is an emergency and they can make some kind of point adjustment manually (not confirmed by me fyi).
I would, due to this situation, monitor ALL your AMEX points very closely for the next month or so just to make sure you get what you are due. The conspiracy theorist in me worries they are doing some kind of “enhancement” to block some kinds of spend – gosh I hope that is NOT the case and I have no facts whatsoever to back up this wild guess. More than likely it is just some IT mess up between AMEX and Delta IT (now that I can believe)!
We should all know the dreaded 16MAY16 is rapidly approaching when Delta will no longer allow even top Platinum (PM) and Diamond (DM) Medallion elites to choose C+ or Comfort Plus seats free anytime for themselves or for those with them on the same reservation. Then, you MUST be a PM or DM to even have a shot at an “upgrade” to these seats that just happen to be the EXACT SAME SEATS at the rest of coach (you just get a little more leg room and maybe some perks).
To me these seats are at best a “Side-Grade” and I will be picking exit row for most of my flights and hope I can still get my upgrade to 1st class (you can still get that – for now). I can tell you there is no way I want to risk being “upgraded” to a center seat in coach no matter how pretty the leather on the seat is and those responding to my poll on twitter seem to agree with me.
There is a hot discussion right now on a private Delta focus group page if Delta should “auto select” for you the chance to receive this upgrade or if you would have to manually select it. Delta, at this point, auto selects you to get a 1st class upgrade. No matter what Delta does this is going to be a total train wreck. Just wait, you will see. Folks are going to go nuts over this!
Lastly a bit of housekeeping here on the blog. I have had a number of readers mention to me how painfully slow the ASK RENE tab on the blog is. I really appreciate the input and needed to find a fix. I also wanted a fix that would be fast and be super friendly to use on mobile since well over 50% of you now read and interact with the blog on phones and tablets exclusively. I think I have found a good fix with category choices that should cover most topics (have I missed any?)! I will also limit how long a question and answer will remain in each tab so speed is not affected when you browse each topic. Again, thanks for all the reader input on this feature of the blog. – René
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