René June Newsletter – just 6 months to go for the 2017 Delta Medallion year!

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Can you even believe we are, as of tomorrow, half way done with 2017? This also means you only have a few short months to either A) give up on Delta status for 2018 or B) get your MQM “ducks” in a row. Maybe a last flight on a Delta 747 would do it (hint hint)? For today let’s look at all the things that happened in June and what you may have missed:

➥ After Latest Delta Passenger Removed by Cops Incident – a New Policy Needs to Be Implemented!

➥ Delta Air Lines now says Virgin Atlantic SkyMiles Award Surcharges “…was an error that was quickly fixed”.

➥ How to get to the Amsterdam Schiphol AMS Airport Panorama Terrace Observation Deck & Review

Buffet Sells 5 Million Shares $DAL, Swiss CS300, Puppy spent 33 hours in Delta Jail & other Travel News!

➥ Sweden in Pictures – Gosh I love what we can do with points and see the world!

➥ Musing about the real value of SkyMiles to Delta. Can the current plan continue to work?

➥ Real life test of new Delta & CLEAR Biometric ID for Sky Club (soon boarding & more)!

➥ Off-line Fly Delta App bug fixed update 4.3 today!

➥ What Delta “Hub” cities have an alternative to the Sky Clubs? Here are your choices (or lack thereof).

➥ Are E BASIC fares, and possibly booking one, driving you away from OTAs? A rookie question post!

TSA Destroyed my bag during security check! Will they compensate me for my damaged bag?

➥ Delta 747 Shuts Down Engine over Pacific, Trump Privatizing Air-Traffic Control, Delta Pilot to blame for Wrong Airport Landing!

➥ #TravelTip – When to change your Delta meal order from Steak to Fish!

➥ I love my Samsonite Delta “legal” Carry-on Spinner but wish it had one more feature!

➥ Delta still BLOCKING seat maps, Midwest 11,000 SkyMiles awards, Alaska – Delta awards & other Delta updates to start the week!

➥ Delta Monthly SkyMiles “Flash Sale” – Canada – 20,000 SkyMiles RT in coach!

➥ Updating the NINE Delta SkyMiles Award Levels / Fares (…and you can help)!

➥ When should you cancel a travel card (or not cancel a card)?

Needle in Delta seat back pocket, Molested Michigan woman sues Delta, Boycott Delta? & other travel news updates!

➥ Delta people believe the “fake news” from CORP – The OPT-OUT fix can not come soon enough!

➥ Reminder: Today the MSP Minneapolis Escape Lounge departs Priority Pass & Joins Exclusive Amex Partnership. A sign of what is next?

➥ I’m going on one last Delta 747 ride & mileage run before year end for $611 & ~18,000 MQMs!

Delta +1 Upgrades in Huge Numbers, Groupon Settlement & More Blog Videos?

➥ If Not a Bug, Delta Premium Select Could Be the Biggest Threat to Medallion Upgrades so Far!

➥ I’m booked on the inaugural Delta A350 flight in Premium Select – I can’t wait to review the service! Just how many SkyMiles did it cost me?

Jury Still out on REV Base FF Programs. Tug Hits Delta Employee. The Worst Things About Flying & Other Delta / Aviation Travel News!

➥ Will it be possible to get “free” medallion upgrades to Delta Premium Select (Economy) Seats? Sometimes – due to OP-UPs!

➥ Don’t blame Delta if YOU don’t update your info! Plus, new neat features in “My Delta”.

➥ Delta now gives “Even More Ways For SkyMiles Members To [FLUSH] Use Their [Sky]Miles” down the drain – Should you do it?

➥ CHEAP Delta summer fares to Europe, Smoke in Delta cabin, Pizza in coach? Clear in LAX & more travel news!

➥ Why I am THRILLED with the Chase Hyatt new card bonus change. I am holding off to apply for the card!

➥ Delta 747 Manila run, Chicago Seminars pre-Events, RenésPoints dinner & other planning!

➥ How to divorce your Delta / Lyft App permissions (are the SkyMiles worth the data tracking)?

➥ Review: Gothenburg Sweden Landvetter Airport Hotel GOT (a short walk / shuttle from the airport).

AMEX improves “default” car rental insurance when paying with cards as of 1SEPT17!

➥ Be VERY careful if you choose to use the [targeted] Delta / Amex – “Fly Now, Earn Later”

➥ Rookie Wednesday: To Delta bulkhead (seat) or not to bulkhead, that is the question!

➥ Exclude taxes from fare ads? Who pads schedules most? (hint: Delta)! Legroom legislation talk (again) & other travel news.

➥ An upgrade to my inflight Delta sound experience. This is going to be amazing – why did I not do this sooner?!

Never a dull moment in the travel space and June was no exception. Now let’s turn our attention to the rest of the year and see what Delta has planned for us all! – René



  1. I just hit the $4,000 spend needed to activate the special offer on the Platinum card that was running last month.
    1. When should I expect to see the MQMs hit my account?
    2. My MQD tracker for the credit card waiver (the $25k spend) has not updated since June 2 on my Delta account? Should I be concerned? I made my usual autopayment at the start of July for the prior statement period.

    Thanks, Jacob

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