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#iHateTheWait is just as bad at American Airlines Terminal 3 at ORD O’Hare airport! Review: American Airlines Admirals Club Chicago O’hare ORD T3 near G gates Connecting to Delta at Toronto YYZ & I got the dreaded SSSS on my boarding pass! Review: American Airlines Admirals Club YYZ post US immigration Terminal 3 Results and what points did I earn from my 250 Delta SkyMile PWM MQM 1st class run. This was an interesting run I have to say. There are few times I have collected MQMs for such a great price. But was it really such a great deal, that is, would I do it again? After all, I do not live in Toronto and I was ending up in Chicago and I don’t live there either. Plus, there were all the other costs like: Gas & tolls to/from Chicago about $30 Hotel points I had to burn for…

It seems the Delta tech folks have been playing on Delta.com this week. Most of us are not all that impressed with Delta IT that works let alone all the stuff Delta hides from us like the award charts that Delta still uses to this day but wants us not to know about it. But this new tab (see shot above) is a nice new quick navigation tool when you are not on the main Delta.com home page. Something similar to this was talked about in focus groups a while back and I am very pleased with it so far. A quick way to get to what is important to me when I travel and what to check on things like my upcoming trips with less clicks! #KeepClimbing. The next one, well, I don’t think there are 37 advisories pending on the Delta advisories home page. Nor do I think…

Deep down I was hoping for another result. Don’t get me wrong, I am beyond happy to get something compared to nothing and this kind of “enhancement” really is just that, a perk we did not have before. So I do give credit here for this improvement for 2015. However, we know from my 1st class test that spending your SkyMiles to fly will earn you points across the board just like “cash”. MQMs, MQDs, RDMs and so on – you earn them all. To me, it should be exactly the same for coach and 1st class tickets, but at least they have not “enhanced” away across the boarding earnings 1st class. So what about coach Pay With Miles from my Delta AMEX card. Just like my 1st class experiment I paid for almost all of the ticket with points resulting in a “negative” ticket price. The total price was…

Not that long ago I was challenged to test if burning Ultimate Rewards (UR) points from Chase Sapphire, Freedom and other cards would earn all Delta points when flying. So, I spent just under 20k and flew around all day on Delta jets (mostly on CRJ200s I hate to say) and was vindicated with my stand that they would do just that. I have also each year flown US Bank FlexPerks points on Delta and they earn full Delta points and just like UR points you qualify for upgrades etc. I have even this year earned full points under SkyMiles 2015 (lots of MQMs and clearly very few SkyMiles under the current system) for positioning flights and got $25 credit for buying a $50 Delta e-Gift card for my incidentals during the trip. Clearly, simple cards like Barclays Arrival and Arrival+ cards will earn you Delta points and Medallion perks…

I have some great news. First off, and maybe it is just me, but don’t you all think the strange and conflicting Delta wording for using Pay with Miles (PWM) from the Delta AMEX card is just a little bit like a Rube Goldberg machine? Plus, other than the MQMs, what they are displaying is flat out wrong, but more on that in a bit. Oh and it gets worse to begin with. Seriously Delta – you make my head just want to explode! If you try to click on the fare rule when trying to use PWM you get the screen above. Ugh. If this were not so sad, and typical Delta, it would be laughable. But enough of this – on to the good news! Two weeks ago Monday I had the distinct privilege of flying in 1A on the first scheduled 1st class Delta service from my…

I posted the news that Pay With Miles (PWM), a perk of the Delta AMEX cards, as of the 24th of December was open to not just 1st class tickets but also to coach tickets. I also posted that it really shakes up the math of just when you should just take an award ticket and when you should at least think about buying the ticket instead. I also posted about an update from Delta about the bug that it is NOT displaying the correct information on Delta.com when you go to PWM. Frustrating – sure! Well Delta has sorta started fixing this information. Now if we take this itinerary and pay for it the numbers DO display correctly (just to be clear, I am NOT saying do this for this trip – just an example). And if we take $100 off with 10,000 Skymiles the MQMs stay the same…

We had great news back on December 24th when we first learned that as of 1JAN15 not just 1st class PWM or Pay With Miles tickets, a perk of the Delta AMEX cards but ALL PWM tickets would earn points for purchase. I even followed up with a post about how this really does shake up your choice to pay with cash or pay with points to earn valuable MQMs when the price for the ticket is close to the same amount (or less) than the award price. However, I have been getting a FLOOD of emails and tweets asking me please to confirm this. Why? Well as you can see from the shot in the opening, the wording on Delta.com is VERY CLEAR and unambiguous. We earn points. And when you book a ticket, and pay for it with MONEY you can clearly see how many points and such…

What a crazy day this has been. If you have not been following the DeltaMileageRun blog today you have missed out BIG TIME!. I booked an amazing mileage run out of DFW this morning and then a bunch of readers have been taking advantage of the many city deals to just about all points in Europe “attack fare” deals. Now thanks to Skymiles2015 and PWM or Pay With Miles when you have a Delta AMEX card (I know I cannot believe I am say this – but game on), and being able, according to Delta.com, to earn points when redeeming Skymiles even in coach on Delta metal, there are HUGE chances to earn MQMs. Plus, if you think about it, by spending $400-600-ish per ticket with miles you are basically redeeming your points at low level 1 or better for each round trip (ie. 40,000-60,000 RT)! Oh and you…

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?

All of us love free first class upgrades. But they’re becoming more scarce. Basic Economy passengers sometimes bypass Medallions and get to sit up front. Other times, they’re sold for two bucks.

Some people couldn’t care less if they’re in coach. Others crave first class. But the only way to guarantee a first class seat is to book one. (Sorry. I wanted you to hear that from a friend.)

When I flew to Chicago last fall, I had several long flights, including a red-eye. I wanted first class — so I bought it (with points through Amex and applied some cash, too).

But “booking first class” or “buying first class” doesn’t necessarily mean “paying full price.”

So here are a few ways to reserve the nice seats without spending much — or any — money.

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