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Thank You, Readers! Our Blog’s Top 10 Most-Read Posts of 2019

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As the year winds down, we enjoyed discovering which posts were the blog’s most-read.

Below are the posts you — our readers — visited the most in 2019. The list starts with the tenth most popular and ends with the year’s most-read post.

If a particular post struck you, please let us know in the comments. Or if you remember a post from the year and it didn’t make the list, we’d love to hear which one(s) stuck in your memory.

Without further ado, here are this year’s top 10!

10. A Sweet Spot (That Later Turned Sour)

Our tenth most-read post was one René wrote last January about $50 Delta e-gift cards again applying against the annual $200 airline incidental credit for both the personal American Express Platinum and the Business Platinum. (It also worked for the American Express Gold Card‘s annual $100 airline incidental credit.)

Gift card purchases were expressly (no pun intended, given the card issuer’s name) prohibited. But for years, they magically coded back for credit.

By July 2019, however, airline e-gift cards no longer earned Amex statement credit. We tested several other purchases (besides luggage and onboard food & beverages) to see what coded and what didn’t. Here’s what we found.

9. A220 Problems

The introduction of Delta’s Airbus A220 aircraft brought much excitement for both the aviation industry and frequent flyers alike.

Delta Air Lines reveals their first A220 in Atlanta, Georgia at the TechOPS engine shop at Hartsfield Jackson International airport on Monday October 29,2018. (Chris Rank/Rank Studios 2018) via Delta News Hub/flickr
Delta Air Lines reveals their first A220 in Atlanta, Georgia at the TechOPS engine shop at Hartsfield Jackson International airport on Monday October 29,2018. (Chris Rank/Rank Studios 2018) via Delta News Hub/flickr

But software issues reportedly plagued the new plane.

8. Is this Haven — or Heaven?

Frequent floaters René and Lisa cruised on NCL’s Epicand enjoyed the ship’s Haven product. They had a suite, a butler, and all sorts of fun stuff.

Look at those smiles!

7. Everyone Gets Upgraded!

Rene’s Points reader Coining203 boarded a Delta 757 for his flight from Atlanta to Orlando — and, for a while, was the only on the plane!

A few other passengers soon joined him — but there were enough first class seats available that everyone got to sit up front!

6. Will 3-D Scanners Make TSA Pre√ a Thing of the Past?

The TSA is using (on a very limited basis) 3-D scanners allowing passengers to keep liquids and laptops in carry-ons while going through security. So are TSA Pre√’s days limited?

TSA security checkpoint at LAX Terminal 7.

5. Comfort+ Fares: Not Worth It?

This post from three years ago is a perennial favorite — and was our fifth most popular this year! 

While a couple of data points have changed since the post originally ran, do you agree with René that C+ is a fake upgrade?

4. The Two Buck Upgrade

A Delta passenger paid just two dollars for a pair of first class upgrades during a trip this past May.

Theories were tossed around as to how this was possible: a Delta IT glitch? An expensive coach ticket with barely any difference in fare to first class?

3. Does Delta Fly the 737 MAX?

Boeing’s 737 MAX was the most talked-about plane this year after the entire fleet was grounded in March.

New York, USA - April 30, 2012: Boeing 737 Delta Air Lines approaches John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, NY on April 30, 2012. Delta is the oldest airline still operating in the United States.
(©iStock.com/rypson)

Alaska, American, United, and Southwest all flew 737 MAXes. Delta has a bunch of 737s — and people grew concerned if the mothership’s fleet included the MAX model. 

2. “Delta Airlines” is Not Delta Air Lines

A very common typo we see in newspapers, magazines, and a few blogs is Delta Air Lines mislabeled as “Delta Airlines.”

Delta Air Lines logo

Some people, though, capitalized on the difference in spelling — and a created travel agency named “Delta Airlines.” A Michigan family contacted Delta Airlines when their Delta Air Lines trip was delayed — and learned the hard way the difference between the two entities.

1. The “Real” Carry-On Size for Delta Air Lines

This is another post from a while ago readers love because it’s so helpful.

René broke out his tape measure and discovered there’s a little give-and-take when it comes to Delta’s carry-on baggage size restrictions.

Thank You!

This has been a great year for the blog. Thank you so much for making it so much fun. I’m already excited to see which you posts you decide will make next year’s year’s top 10 list!

— Chris

Featured image: ©iStock.com/gustavofrazao

 

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