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  Welcome to a weekly feature on the Renés Points blog. Each week this series covers in a “rookie” way either a Delta or travel related theme and attempts to break down to a basic level each topic. You can read up on all the previous posts HERE. Now on to this week’s feature. Delta has had, for a very long time, a really reasonably liberal carry-on policy. A 9x14x22 bag like this Tumi one can really hold quite a bit, plus you still get your “personal item” as well (that can be very big). There are, as I have blogged about before, a great many ways to tweak this to get a large amount of stuff on-board a plane with you for free. But are there other ways to “try” to get something larger than the approved “size check” size bag on-board? Yes, if you are willing to risk…

Welcome to a weekly feature on the Renés Points blog. Each week this series covers in a “rookie” way either a Delta or travel related theme and attempts to break down to a basic level each topic. You can read up on all the previous posts HERE. Now on to this week’s feature. I get a ton of comments and emails suggesting that I must work for our “beloved airline” that is Delta Air Lines. If I did, I would never write a post that talks about strategies that help a flyer to avoid one of the most lucrative revenue sources for the airline (you know Delta is the king of the ring when it comes to bag fees). On top of that, one of the most looked at posts ever on Delta Points by Delta CORP computers is my last post about this topic. But let’s take it even…

Delta Air Lines has made the most money of any airline in bag fees this year. How much? $430 million! At $25 per bag that is a bunch but Spirit is talking about $100 per bag soon. YIKES! Back to Delta, If they can keep that pace up, we are talking 2.3 million PER DAY in just bag fees. Break that down even more it is almost $100,000 per hour/24-7! Impressive numbers to say the least. Now as a Delta loyalist I want the airline to make as much money as they can. But, at the same time, I want Delta Points readers NOT to be a part of the 2.3 million windfall each day. A bit of a dichotomy I know, but follow with me here. So how do we avoid the fee then? #1) The most obvious step, if you are going to fly Delta, is to get…

The other day I blogged about the possible risk of ending up in a Delta BASIC fare class without knowing you are buying such a ticket. In my limited testing, the worst offender I found was Chase Bank using Ultimate Rewards points that basically gave you no warning you were being dumped into such a fare class. I tweeted to Chase about this and, 3 days later, they responded with the above comment. As of this date, no changes have happened on their web site and you still can end up in Delta BASIC with little or no warning from the Chase booking site. The issue here really boils down to the fight for fees and where you book matters to the airlines. Why? Consider just how important fees are to the airlines. They are the never ending “drug” of choice. If you think you are “over fee’d” right now…

As I have been talking warning you about for the past few weeks Delta is, as it did in 2013 as well as in 2012, again offering to sell you MQMs at prices that would make even a Vegas card shark blush! They even have the nerve to allow THIS spend to count toward your MQD number when all the other ancillary money you spend with Delta like bag fees etc. do not. Well played Delta! I mean the first time Delta did this they attempted to market this with the “value” of buying the MQMs rather than flying to earn them with this comparison chart. Last year they gave up on that silly idea as the price jumped to ridiculous levels. This year I, as a Delta Diamond Medallion, am offered 10,000 MQMs at an even MORE insane price of $2,095 (a modest 5% price spike over last year’s…

Welcome to a weekly feature on the Renés Points blog. Each week this series covers in a “rookie” way either a Delta or travel related theme and attempts to break down to a basic level each topic. You can read up on all the previous posts HERE. Now on to this week’s feature. Shena. Say what? Shena, is code for shenanigans. Specifically we are talking about Delta medallion upgrade shenanigans. What is that you ask? There is a lengthy thread at FT about it if you wish to make your head hurt to the point of exploding. But on to my point from my recent trip. As I talked about on my positioning flights to LAX, I gate cleared as a Diamond Medallion to business class on a 777. Delta’s herringbone business elite international seat is not the best of the bunch but a very nice ride compared to anything…

. Welcome to a weekly feature on the Renés Points blog. Each week this series covers in a “rookie” way either a Delta or travel related theme and attempts to break down to a basic level each topic. You can read up on all the previous posts HERE. Now on to this week’s feature. Wow. Oy. (blink-blink)! That means in 2130 hours that is the total number of hours in Q1 of this year, Delta made, according to this NBC NEWS piece, almost $200,000 each hour in fees. Yep, over 4 ½ million per day. That is just in fees, not in ticket prices! Stunning. Guess what – that is just great & I love it! But, I don’t love it if YOU were part of that windfall. You and I don’t need to contribute to the mothership’s bottom line that way. No way no how! We already know there…

I have in the past talked about many ways HERE and HERE that you can avoid bag fees. This one does not always work but since you only get one bag FREE going to Europe in coach, why not look at this possible workaround to save $100 for your second bag internationally. Now as you can see from the screen shot above, you can sign up for the KLM Flying Blue golf where your clubs go free (i.e. an extra bag over the one free you normally get). Is there a downside to this? Yes, there are some real downsides for example if earning Skymiles are your main concern for the trip. Officially you need to have your Flying Blue number in the reservation and you must print the voucher for each direction to get the perk. You could, after check-in, try to change your number online but it will…

  I cannot imagine anything worse than flying Spirit Air other than maybe Ryan Air. Either way I would rather drive, take a train or a bus (or walk & swim even). I am clearly not a fan of their pricing structure and the airline. In addition to, that is, their bag weight MAX limit of 40lbs. Delta has, as we should know and like many airlines, a std. 50lbs MAX weight limit. There are lots of exceptions but this is the basic one for most including the free bag fee waiver with the Delta AMEX cards airline travel cards. Even when Lisa & I are flying business class with Delta I tend to always do my best to NOT go over 50lbs as what I have found is the bag folks tend to really beat up my bags when they are over that limit and around 40lbs is even…

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