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RenésPoints March Newsletter – Can you believe Q1-2017 is over?

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You know it is crazy just how fast time goes by. I mean Q1 is done – in the books at midnight tonight. For me this means that I am gearing up for summer flying I have already booked and even planning for mileage runs to start 2018. Why? Well it is first off cheaper to book way out and you have many more chances for schedule changes to make them even better (are we learning yet)? For now let’s look back at March and what you may have missed.

➥ Are you TENACIOUS in working for your Delta upgrades? I am!

➥ AMEX Platinum Card Perks & Fees Going up soon. Am I now re-getting this card?

➥ Ideas for RenésPoints events 2017/2018 – What is in the works for AVgeek readers!

➥ Let’s talk about Delta’s interim EPQS and other outstanding issues (yes, it is “enhanced”).

➥ Exciting things on the way for Delta flyers who use Gogo in-flight wifi – I can’t wait!

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

➥ So my Hyatt WhoCares-ist status is here! Some are calling it #WorldOfH2O? Meh

➥ Does your social media “footprint” impact your service with Delta or other companies?

➥ Am I the only one beyond frustrated with Fly Delta App offline mode? We need an OPT-OUT button!

➥ When Delta Schedule Change Saturday Hits – Your Seat is at Risk of Change as well!

➥ The Results From My Group Delta Elite Mileage Run & a Few Mistakes I Made After $1000 Bump!

➥ Delta Air Lines computers were >>>NOT<<< hacked last week – Here are ways you can tell e-mails are FAKE!

➥ PGA Golf fans: Consider SPG cards NOW for possible Quail Hollow SUITE tickets 2017!

➥ All the things you should remind yourself to do in “points world” to not miss out!

➥ Delta & Travel News: 50% jump in SDC fees, underfeeding during delays fine and WW2 mine floating in Swedish waters.

➥ New designer Serviceware. CRJ200s C+ official 1APRIL (no joke, but should be). Food in coach because points no longer matter & more!

➥ My current list of all the “stuff” that I wish Delta would fix. Maybe you feel the same way?

➥ For better or for worse – My wife is going for Delta Diamond Medallion next year – Time to start planning now!

➥ Will punishing elites for saving a nickel or two backfire or work for airlines and hotels?

➥ Why booking 1st class is no substitute for elite status!

➥ LAX Hub? CS100 home? 2 Lap Kids is not OK! Seattle just keeps growing (be very afraid Alaska).

➥ Delta is changing Medallion Gate Upgrades for the better & possible fix for C+ upgrades in Fly Delta App!

➥ Another sad downgrade to the Delta Medallion program BOS-SFO & DCA-LAX no more upgrades! #KeepDescending worthy.

➥ Workaround for FlexPerks 20k / year limit transfer rule? YES! Plus how to fix transfer issues online.

➥ My Citi Prestige retention offer 3Mx4K spend for $200 credit – I will keep the card 1 more year!

➥ With time running out – My wife went for just ONE travel card with instant approval! Can you guess which one?

Vote for 2017 Freddie Awards, Delta smacks United #LeggingsGate, Chicago Seminars & more!

➥ Do you know the “inside” difference between the metal Chase Sapphire and Reserve cards? Take a look (and how to destroy them)!

➥ Will new Delta – Korean JV partnership mean KE moves to GROUP 1 earning partner? What else does this mean for us?

➥ 1000 Bonus Delta SkyMiles for each new partners activity until 30JUNE17 – Must register first!

The saddest part of the steady march toward 2018 is the fact that we are now only a few months away from Delta parking all the 747s out in the Arizona dessert. I do not plan to be on the last flight that is, at this point, DTW-ICN-DTW 15-16DEC17. I will always cherish crossing million miler on a Delta 747 on the upper deck and want that to be my lasting memory of the Queen of the Skies in Delta paint!  – René

makes a delta flyer sad 747
Sad to see the queen of the skies cut up for parts!
Rene’s Points For Better Travel, a division of Chatterbox Entertainment, Inc. has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Rene’s Points For Better Travel and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


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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.

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