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It is just amazing to me what ends up getting national press coverage. Everyone seems to be going ape crazy over the item I touch on the other day from the piece from the LA Times about Delta shaming passengers with BASIC fares. My fellow blogger Gary was on TV yesterday and please do check out his post and the video and his very correct and reasonable evaluation of Delta BASIC fares. Also notice how the news person was just about ready to jump out of their skin and seemed frustrated that Gary would not jump on the bash Delta band wagon over this. Why? First off, I have posted about the evils of basic fares a number of times. If you are a Delta Elite Medallion flyer you want to avoid this fare at all costs. We know Delta brags that their warnings are causing flyers, at least two…

What is this you say? First off, you can look at THIS link to see the list of Delta fare classes. Sorta included in this for some routes is a version of the E-class called BASIC Economy. What is that? I have made up a simple chart for you to help understand at a glance what BASIC stands for: Now you get the idea. The link to Delta.com is HERE if you wish to read about the restrictions our mothership is imposing on this ultra discounted “el-Cheap-O” fare class. Now I have no real problem with Delta charging a Spirit / Ryan Air low price for a ticket, but it is a shame they are going to impose Spirit / Ryan Air type rules on even loyal medallion flyers. I mean: No upgrades No good coach seats or EC No SDC SDS At least it appears Delta is allowing for…

Oh United – I am so happy I never ever started a blog called United Points. Just the other day I clearly showed that of the big 3 legacy airlines that United is the worst of the bunch when it comes to driving spending toward their co-branded credit card. In effect they are asking customers to spend on other cards. Crazy. But now we have the new BASIC fare class rules that have come out bookable after the 1st of the year. Take a look: Mind completely blown. There is a lot of stupidity included above, but none farther reaching than excluding these fares from elite earnings. United, in addition to not wanting you to use your co-branded card for big spending, now wants those who are stuck flying the lowest cost United fare for their company not to earn elite points. If you are an elite traveling with family…

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. Let me begin with review of my viewpoint of Delta’s BASIC E fares. I hate them. I think they are shameful (well shameful-ish anyway). When booking with an OTA you may get stuck in this fare and not even know it. My biggest gripe is that these fares do not do what Delta claims, that is, compete with the discount airlines because even when they sell them in similar markets they are most times not as cheap as the competition. Having said that there can be a few select times I would choose them myself. Now Delta…

Last month the mainstream media went simply “Batso” over the fact that they just all found out that Delta is offering seats in economy with a boatload of nasty restrictions. I have been warning about the “evils” of Delta BASIC tickets for elites for almost a year, that is, since October of last year when we found out about this part of “B” in the OFCMB breakdown of the two kinds of seats Delta has, but sells and segments them into five for marketing purposes. I am NOT onboard with the fact that something nefarious or passenger type shaming is going on. Delta, on Delta.com, VERY clearly warns you before you buy just what a bunch of crushing and horrid restrictions you are agreeing to before you have a chance to buy this cheap ticket. I like that. But what if you book outside Delta.com to get some cash back…

If you have not gone to purchase a ticket today on Delta.com, be ready for a new last checkout page. Delta, over the weekend, has greatly streamlined the page and added lots of the add-ons all to one final page (with new pop-up pages for each). There are some nice changes and some interesting changes. Let’s take a look. First off I very much like how they have, right after the review of your selected flights, the box to select your seats. In my focus group I am part of we had lots of questions on this and I very much like how they have this as a top priority. Seat choice after all does matter. I just wish Delta would get when there is a schedule change or equipment swap that it is equally important to let us know ASAP but I digress. Back on topic. Next we have…

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