René July / August Newsletter – Let the race to 2019 begin!

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Woopsseee – where did July go? I really meant to pop up the July newsletter but I think summer life got in the way (it happens). We are now just 4 short months away from 2019 and I hope we all have decided what we are or are not going to do with Delta for next year. Heck, now that we can “beg” Delta to grant us a waiver it does open up new choices does it not? But on to the posts you may have missed these past summer months:

➥ Status Match (challenge) Delta TODAY for perks through January 31, 2020 – Welcome to Medallion status!

➥ MASSIVE Downgrade to Delta Premium Select Perks – No more “free” domestic 1st class seats

➥ Delta CS100 updates, Delta CEO says don’t overbuild 797, Airline collusion settlements (but not Delta)!

➥ SOLVED: Why sometimes the Regional / Global cert Delta Medallion show “shadow” flight and sometimes not. Also, does it really make any difference? Let’s find out!

➥ Rookie Sunday: I FINALLY did something I should have done YEARS ago. A wise travel move!

➥ Delta Comfort Plus seats will be GONE on all wide-body jets by 2021! (…and I am thrilled – you?)

➥ One of my favorite “No Fee” cards no one talks about (it is about more than just points – i.e. Cash)!

➥ My Irritating Amazon / Uber 20% Offer Quickly Resolved – Impressive Customer Service!

➥ NOT targeted for 1st Amazon 20% off offer? This CODE gets you 2nd round of 20% off!

Taking a loan for vacations? Concrete airline arrows? Delta service dog ban fight! Smaller airline bathrooms = more cash (for the airlines)!

➥ “Subject: Your Delta SkyMiles Account will be closed” – The Latest Phishing Scam “looks” Really Authentic!

➥ Well that did not work out as expected – My Delta Regional Upgrade experiment surprise results!

➥ Rookie Sunday: How to gift Delta MQMs (elite points) to someone else. Can I gift new card bonus MQMs? What cards qualify?

➥ Swedish Air Force bombs Sweden, Delta CEO “Demand Strong”, Delta Connection fleet size, Alitalia to re-nationalize?!

➥ Review: Skyteam KLM / Air France / Priority Pass Lounge Chicago Ohare Airport ORD Terminal 5 (T5)

➥ Rookie Sunday: 15 Reasons to Apply for the Delta Amex BUSINESS Platinum Card

➥ NUTS! Out with the Delta almonds and in (again) with the peanuts – Why this really matters to some flyers!

➥ Rookie Sunday: Does griping on (Twitter / Facebook / etc. ) to Delta help? What about a RANT? What is the best way to get help with whatever!

➥ WARNING! Reg: AeroMexic Elite seats from Delta, ONE pilot jets? (no thanks), Delta testing “enhanced” coach meals!

➥ Don’t miss out the 2018 Chicago Seminars – Tickets on sale NOW – Impressive Speaker(s) List. Rooms at host hotel still OPEN!

➥ Delta (again) Brags About Second Place in US News “Best” Travel Rewards Program. Really?

➥ Mind blowing results from 2018 J.D. Powers Airline Loyalty Study (btw Delta ranked 4th)!

➥ Lamenting the death of removable cell phone batteries – Do you miss them or time to move on?

➥ Delta “local” Sky Club rules, Wifi more important than onboard drinks? TSA NOT dumping check points, Warren Buffett should buy this airline!

➥ Delta removes link to 1 hour “Schedule Change” rules – Just what allows “free” Delta ticket changes or cancellation?

➥ Oh Delta… Why must you HIDE everything useful and be so darn irritating and frustrating? (Reg: Schedule Change Rules)

➥ Why not go get your 2018/2019 FLU SHOT right now? It is not too early according to experts!

➥ Delta Jet Half Way to Europe Turns Back, Lawsuit targets Delta, Delta COO sells 35,000 Shares $DAL, Runway Incursion near miss!

➥ Is there anything you can do when Delta (people) make up “local rules” or don’t follow posted procedure?

Rumor: Delta is Granting Waivers for the $250,000 Delta Amex MQD Spend Requirement.

Confirmed: Delta is, on a case by case basis, granting waivers for the $250,000 Amex MQD Diamond Elite spending requirement.

➥ The one thing Delta FAs hate, (evil) CRJ200s here to stay, Delta plans for A220s, Delta loves seat back screens!

➥ How to save over 50% off Delta One with SkyMiles to South Africa from Atlanta (hint: just fly the long way)!

➥ Would you ever buy / use a disposable airplane seat cover to avoid bed bugs? I just can’t see doing this – You?

➥ Interesting: Delta Is Asking for Job Well Done E-Mails vs. Sending More Medallion Certs.

My September will be mostly on the ground as it is time to make wine, play some golf in Northern Michigan, and book my flights for the rest of 2018. How about you? – René




  1. Rene, I am a long time platinum flyer with over 2.5 million miles lifetime. There is a chance I will have MQM for diamond this year but not the spend. Do the miles above platinum carry over toward platinum next year since I can’t earn diamond?

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