Friday Delta & Travel News Round-Up: Value of SkyMiles, Delta to Finance LGA, Finger Print Boarding Pass & More!

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What an insane week! I hope by now you have taken the time to call, email and write via the USPS to Amex & Delta to try to stop what is likely on the way. Also, for those who question the value of the Amex equation and Delta Air Lines, please take just a few minutes and watch the short video on first point below.

Were there other news bits in the travel space that grabbed your attention this week? Please let us know in the comments below and include a link as well. – René


  1. Joseph DeNardi’s report was a real eye-opener. As a non-business traveling Diamond Medallion and as a Delta shareholder, I can say with assurance that I will sell my shares if Delta rolls out the change as you, René, have reported. If, instead, Delta were to require a higher credit card spend, say $50k instead of $25k for Diamond status then I would still qualify for Diamond status but I would have to do a thorough analysis regarding whether to remain a shareholder. Is there any data on the % of Diamond Medallion passengers that are business vs. leisure??

  2. @Steve – Delta does not break down number that way at all. In the past they have said there are (some number) of SkyMiles members. Then they also said (some percent) are DM, PM etc so we could extrapolate a general number but nothing exacting and nothing business vs. leisure as I am not sure even Delta could say 100% who is who.

  3. «… fifty to sixty percent of Delta’s earnings come from the sale of the miles to the credit card companies.»

    This is what René is talking about – and nobody really listens to … including investors.

  4. The commentator still earns One Pass Miles… ahhh reminds me of the good old days!

  5. Alex,

    I work at Goldman and we don’t take investment advice from travel bloggers. Travel advice though yes.

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