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Delta today put out a neat News Hub PR page with a 3D view of the new PE or Premium Economy seats on the way. They look very good and while I still would not want to be stuck in the middle seats, they will be fantastic on daytime flights with your +1. My biggest fear with these new seats would be that Delta would no longer allow Diamonds to upgrade from coach to D1 or Delta One with GU Global Upgrade certs. Those fears have been, to a degree, put to rest. Take a look at the updated wording on Delta.com “Certificates are flexible — they can be used to upgrade directly from Main Cabin to either Delta Comfort+, First Class, Delta Premium or Delta One [and Delta One Suites]. Or they can be used to upgrade from Delta Comfort+ to either First Class, Delta Premium or Delta One…

Delta made a nice change to allow us to use our Diamond Global Upgrade certs from our  Choice Benefit  on Virgin Atlantic as of the 15th of July. This was truly great news as well as the fact that you could request chauffeur car service (per Delta.com) to the airport. A really nice perk since this is NOT available when you are on an award ticket. Well, today Delta downgraded this perk. Notice the difference between the Delta.com page via the Way Back Machine and the current live page on Delta.com? Yep, car service is no longer listed as a perk. And there is more: “In addition, Global Upgrade Certificates can be used for Delta-marketed Virgin Atlantic flights outside of transatlantic travel, including Virgin’s London-Heathrow flights to Dubai, Shanghai, Johannesburg and Delhi.” – Delta.com as of 15JULY16 The above wording has been removed as well. Has Delta back peddled on…

With a dual HT to my fellow BoardingArea blogger MJonTravel for these two very positive changes from Delta. Take quick look this weekend. The first you see above is the update for both iOS as well as Android. One of the things most of us check more than any other thing when traveling is the upgrade list. Perhaps in the age of FCM we do this even more. The “box bar” that has now been added includes a quick button for our upgrades and it is even better. Notice when you click it, rather than just bringing up your next flight, you can choose what flight you want to check. Smart move. In fact, after having used the AA APP again this week, I can tell you the Delta APP is just fantastic in almost every regard other than the update pushes that are not visible in full without launching…

One of the greatest possible values of attaining Delta Diamond Medallion status is the perk of being able to select as a “Choice Benefit” Global Upgrade certificates. They can literally be worth thousands of dollars in value depending on where you fly and utilize the certificates to upgrade to business class from cheap coach fares (E class is excluded). Until recently these certificates have really only been of true value when you have selected Delta metal flights, that is, flights that are Delta operated. Two partners, KLM and Air France, have been available but only if you selected Y, B or M class fares that can often be as expensive (or more expensive) than discounted business class fares thus making them all but useless to most flyers. However, recently Delta has made a change when it comes to KLM Code Shared flights per the link on Delta.com describing the T&C…

I can think of no better way to burn up a few Delta Global Upgrade (GU) certs than flying all the way to Japan in Delta ONE with a great frequent flyer friend! Oh, on top of that I am using them on a ~$400 “attack fare” and will, upon landing back in Detroit on a 747, just have crossed 1 million lifetime miles with Northwest and Delta Air Lines. Yeah, even I am kinda jealous of myself and I am the one doing it! 😉 When I booked the flights there were no GU spots on anything and I mean anything. I checked flight after flight after flight for even one open seat and got nada, zip & diddly. So, I picked the flights for the most MQMs and the best route plus time and product. After booking I requested my upgrades and waited. I would love to truly…

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. For those who are budget minded, the “new” (2014) upgrade certs are an amazing value. Yes, we could go down the endless road of discussion of whether a Platinum should get more Regional Upgrades (RU) or even a few Global Upgrades (GU) and the frustration that, should they want to, a Diamond could pick RUs for their Platinum choice and again RUs for their Diamond choice. But we are not going there today nor are we going to argue about your personal level of success or failure with the certs. Today we are going to talk about…

  As I blogged about before, my experience of redeeming both my regional and global upgrade certs for a trip to Sweden this fall was for the most part painless – at least painless from what we have come to expect from Delta’s frequent flyer program. I love that Delta has at last this year offered what other airlines have had for years and years that is the chance to upgrade from just about ANY coach class fare to an international business class seat. When you compare the cost of coach to most business class seats you will see the real value of this perk for Delta’s highest tier elites Diamond Medallions. On a very long trip this can transform a trip from pain and misery to an enjoyable fun experience. Again, real value and even a reason to shoot for this top elite level. But as we all know,…

When it comes to deals, I jump first and ask questions later. This one turned out to be just EPIC in my book and along the way I got to test how hard (it was EZ) it was to redeem my Delta Choice Benefits for 2015 that is 4 GU & 4 RU certs all for one trip. Here is what happened. Unless you are just finding this post via a Google search months from today you know about the amazing fare sales from many locations in the USA to Scandinavia over the weekend. I saw LAX to GOT (Los Angeles to Gothenburg, Sweden) for just $633 all-in round trip. That, dear readers, is an amazing price and deal. But I live in the South Bend Indiana area. I would have to “position” that is, fly to LAX to start the trip. This is where my regional upgrades came into…

I really thought about having this post as a Rookie Wednesday post but it is so important (and some don’t read “rookie” posts) that I wanted it to stand on it’s own and become part of the “Travel Essentials” tab here on the blog. Do you notice a tiny little problem with the info from “My Delta” and my reservations above. Do you see what time I land and what time my next flight departs? And lastly notice the wording where the arrow points? Yeah, if not so sad it would be funny. And here is the really frustrating part: I got no notice from Delta! Delta really seems to be working on improving some IT issues. For example, they recently did a massive upgrade to the Fly Delta App that should, if things are working right, push gate and seat updates to you unlike before that had bits set…

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