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Airline travel has gone from a time to “dress your best” to folks flying in pajamas. Airline travel used to be dreamy and exciting but has been transformed to now being a drudgery (for many) and to be “gotten over with” as quickly as possible. But something important has been lost and all the cuts Delta has made is much to blame for this. I still LOVE LOVE LOVE to fly. I am at home at the airport and in the air. I love lounges and everything about travel. I daydream about travel. My heart still quickens each time I even SEE a 747 no matter whose logo is on the side of the jet. Maybe you feel the same way as I do. Part of all of this is the experience of business and 1st class travel. It is what dreams are made of and the reason for points.…

You have got to be kidding me. How, dearest Delta, can you keep cutting and cutting and making things worse and worse for us. Notice THIS link to the “Way back Machine” for Delta.com about “Award Ticket FAQs” from last year. Now, take a look at the current one on Delta.com that seems to have changed on or about 22 MAY 2015. Yep, a simple  YES  to  NO  and we potentially have yet one more MASSIVE unannounced Delta #KeepDescending devaluation in our efforts to simply find an award ticket. After all, we are clearly all about spending as few SkyMiles as possible for an award even though Delta is making it REALLY hard for flyers by often times charging them 2 or 3 times what a ticket should cost. The web site is just about worthless for booking and you have to do the work yourself to find seats (see…

After I was one of the first to post about the upgrades to Delta.com to find awards (but kinda buggy) Delta today has announced the following “enhancements” to the Skymiles2015 program: Stopovers For Award Travel booked prior to January 1, 2015, one stopover is allowed per roundtrip Award Ticket under certain circumstances. A stopover is defined as a stay of more than 4 hours between domestic flights and more than 24 hours between domestic and international or all international flights. The destination city is not considered a stopover. A stopover is allowed, provided there are no more than two connections between the origin and destination including any connections that are made while traveling to/from the stopover point. The stopover city must be located on a valid routing. Stopovers will no longer be permitted for Award Travel booked on or after January 1, 2015. Open Jaw Open jaw Award Travel is…

UPDATE: SEE  THIS POST  FOR LATEST UPDATE FROM DELTA CORP! With a HT to both FT and OMAAT what looked earlier today like a glitch is apparently not a bug but another #KeepDescending award worthy move by Delta in preparation for #DOS or the Destruction of Skymiles now only 65 days away (and counting). At the Chicago Seminars I demonstrated what has been the rule for a very long time with Delta that you could do a stop over and an open jaw. For example, I showed that if you went: The price for the round trip would be 125,000 miles in low level business. You could then add on an open jaw say to Miami And when you then combine all of this into just one ticket you ended up with: Yep the total price stayed at the 125,000 miles basically giving you a free one-way and with two…

Delta Air Lines announced yesterday it’s leveraging the SkyMiles loyalty program in order to secure $6.5 billion in funding.

The carrier crated an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary named “SkyMiles IP Ltd., a newly formed Cayman Islands exempted company incorporated with limited liability.” (This might explain why Delta chose the Caymans — in addition to it being a beautiful destination, of course.)

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Kelly Yamanouchi reported the move allows Delta to turn down a CARES Act federal loan. This way, Delta “(avoids) surrendering more control in return for new federal money. It also highlights the airline’s ability to tap capital markets and the continued popularity of credit cards offering frequent flier miles despite a steep drop in air travel.”

Should we worry about SkyMiles?

Delta Diamond Medallion card cut up

Delta’s increased success — a reported 90% load factor — means more SkyMiles elite Medallions jockeying for benefits and perks.

Complimentary first class upgrades are harder to score — thanks to FCM (sometimes for just $2). And autumn is around the time of year we hear about Delta’s SkyMiles “enhancements,” which many of us know is code for “devaluations.” (Don’t forget Delta SkyMiles is consistently voted the first runner-up (not the winner) in a popular frequent flyer survey.)

With that in mind, here are some ideas I think may make Delta Medallions want to stay loyal to the mothership.

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