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I really had a fun time in Rome. My stay turned out nice, the history and the sights in Rome were truly amazing. But being a total aviation geek, deep down, I was really looking forward to my Magnifica trip back home (I know, this is just wrong)! On my KLM trip down to Rome I could not use online check-in. @KLM attempted to help me but could not find the issue, but at least I could DM them. I could not check-in on Alitalia.com either. @Alitalia would not follow me and still is not following me and I doubt they would have done anything anyway. We flew out of the satellite terminal G and had to take the tram out to the gates. The Giotto (they should call it Grotto) lounge is downstairs. The breakfast snacks were not that great and nothing like Delta or KLM lounges. There is…

Tuesday night I was invited to attend the private launch party for the very impressive new Delta Sky Club in the B concourse at ATL Atlanta airport. It really is a very nice open space to enjoy while waiting for your flight and I think I will find myself spending much time there. Present at the event were all the “who’s who” from Delta including the CEO, Ed Bastian. I had not met Mr. Bastian yet so it was a treat and a chance, as a Delta frequent flyer, to ask the head of the airline I fly so much to please fix something for me/us. Now your head may be spinning thinking of all the things I could ask him to fix for us. What would be the one thing you would ask? Would it be “fix SkyMiles”? Not going to happen and too broad and the head of…

While Skybonus points do take longer and cost more to spend, they are “free” and another great way to triple-dip your Delta flights along with Skymiles and Crossover Rewards. Here is the latest list: DOUBLE SKYBONUS POINTS ON SELECT ROUTES. All flights your company takes until March 31 earn double points! Your company can earn double SkyBonus points for each nonstop purchased ticket between select routes from now until March 31, 2015. Travel can include segments beyond, but there must be a nonstop segment between the promotional routes. All travel must be on a Delta-marketed ticket between the following routes: FLIGHTS BETWEEN Detroit (DTW) and Shanghai (PVG) Houston (IAH) and Amsterdam (AMS) Los Angeles (LAX) and London (LHR) Los Angeles (LAX) and Sydney, Australia (SYD) Mexico City (MEX) and Paris (CDG) Miami (MIA) and Paris (CDG) New York (JFK) and Brussels (BRU) New York (JFK) and London (LHR) New York…

This will NOT last. Yes you have to get to Budapest but then you get to fly the AF A380 in business class to the USA and Alitalia Magnifica on the way back. Not too shabby and a HUGE thanks to reader Darrell for this tip. There are a number of ways to route this and be sure to check the MQD price to get the USD price vs the Hungarian Forint price. Then pay with say your DELTA AMEX card that does NOT charge an international transaction fee! Here are the numbers: Cost $1223 in business class 15,373 MQMs at 8CPM Bookable on Delta.com It looks like the lower prices are starting in late April and run all summer long (lowest in July). Hard to pick up this many MQMs at this good a price and try this many SWEET products. Keep in mind NO 24hr cancel as starts…

Readers have spoken and voted. I will be trying a 3rd party site called AirHelp. They do feel I have a valid claim against Delta and it will take 2 weeks to 3 month to see what happens. I will clearly keep you all up to date and tell you all I have learned along the way. Weather in AMSTERDAM tomorrow. There are HIGH winds predicted for the 9th & 10 and you can get FREE Delta changes if you would like. Maybe this would be a good time to route via FCO and try Alitalia’s Magnifica product? Speaking of other Skyteam airlines Point Me To the Plane a.k.a. ADAM Delta Points recommended award booking partner, is telling us there is AMAZING space for Delta award travel on partners. It could be a bug or, hold your breath, Delta may be fixing things? (nahh bet its a bug). MJ is…

I want to apologize for being a few days behind on getting to answer reader questions but I had a really good excuse – I was busy collecting a ton of Ultimate Rewards points via shopping for gift cards at OfficeMax! 🙂 So let’s dive right in and answer your questions. Q1&2) In a previous posting, I think you said that when one buys a first class ticket on Delta, using “Pay with Miles,” the base fare will count as MQDs. My question is, do the miles also count as MQMs? (2) What is the best way to purchase a first class ticket (using “Pay with miles”) for two people, using each person’s individual Skymiles account? Through the Web site, through our travel agent, or by calling Delta? – Geraldo Geraldo, great questions. Yes, when you pay for a ticket with Pay with Miles, in 1st class, you will earn,…

Time for volume #6 of Delta points newsletter from the best of the blog. Wow, what a busy month. From the fun at the Chicago Seminars to several very sucessful mileage runs this month has been a blur. If you missed any of what has been going on for the past months look at previous newsletters HERE. Now let’s see what has been going on in October in this month’s features. ➥ Skyteam rules can make you crazy (bags for example) ➥ Just how do you contact Delta CORP? Rookie how to ➥ Delta Business class to Amsterdam & KLM to Sweden ➥ A fall trip to Sweden & KLM business class to Italy ➥ The Sheraton Golf Parco de’ Medici Hotel & Resort in Rome review ➥ A Fireside Chat with Stefan – Rapid Travel Chai ➥ A Delta Points 2 day visit to Rome Italy ➥ Alitalia Magnifica Class…

No matter what time of the year, when you travel to Europe, you have to watch out for strikes. I had no problems with my visit to Rome thankfully but strikes in Sweden happen all the time (especially in summer for some reason). But I digress. Delta says: “If your flight is canceled or significantly delayed, you are entitled to a refund. Even if your flight is not canceled, you may make a one-time change to your ticket without fee if you are scheduled to travel to, from, or through the following destination(s) on Delta, Delta Connection®, or Delta-coded flights during the specified time periods listed below.” – Delta.com You can see the link on Delta.com here and I would try for a change if you can as this kind of thing can really mess up a trip or you can use this to maybe pick much better flights! -…

As a quick overview of this trip, we spent 100,000 Delta points each plus under $200 in taxes to fly. We flew from South Bend to Atlanta, overnighted, and the next day flew on to Sweden via Stuttgart + Amsterdam. After a nice visit in Sweden, on the way home, swung by Italy with KLM. Our trip home, that I will cover tomorrow, was Boston and Atlanta on the way back to South Bend. We paid for the hotel mostly on points but this month long trip was not free, as we did spend in Sweden and Rome all in about $1400. Keep in mind points travel is rarely 100% free but just greatly discounted and for us to have family to stay with saved us a ton of hotel points 🙂 .But now on to Rome. I don’t want this to feel just like just a Facebook post so…

If you ever want to visit Sweden, go in June or July. The sunlight almost all day and night is remarkable. The month of May can be cool but beautiful and August can be very warm and still on the tail end of the summer light. September is fall. This September was not fall and many newspapers said it was the warmest and nicest in 100 years. We liked it and enjoyed mild days and abundant sunshine most days. Speaking of visits, if you do go to Gothenburg, Sweden’s west coast “capital” (Stockholm is the real one), this post from theLocal.se has a good review of things to do. I agree with most of them. Some things they don’t cover that are good to know. Taxi’s. There are competing companies and some charge more than others. You can ask for a fixed price to and from the airport and it…

I had a post last month while I was in Sweden about my second attempt to use Delta.com codes to book a rental in Sweden. As it turns out, this location said it was not participating in the Hertz rewards points program or #1 Club Gold. Clearly I am no car rental road warrior as some of my readers are, but I find this non-participation a bit strange (but then again Delta now does not give full points on all Skyteam flights so I guess I can see it). Even so I was extended a nice upgrade from a Volvo wagon to this X90. All I can say about the car is I was impressed. From my Swedish heritage I have always loved Volvo’s. I have never owned one, but this rental made me think. Space was ample, ride was nice and the quality of the car was evident. It…

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