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This is really an interesting time in the world of aviation. American and United seem to be chasing Delta as the airline to copy and see if they can make money too, but other airlines do not have the operational record Delta does nor the fine happy folks working for them. But Delta and Delta’s DAL stock has some problems this year even before the Brexit vote (disclaimer: I never buy or sell airline stocks of any kind including DAL). What kinds of problems? The pilots contract still up in the air A potential flight attendants second union push Gas prices going up this year Earnings per seat down year over year Terrorism concerns continue Zika and other travel concerns Price pressure from low cost carriers Frustration over C+ “upgrades” Unhappy elites & SkyMiles members and on and on…. The simple fact is there is a lot that can hurt…

Let me start with a disclaimer. I do not own ANY airline stock nor do I plan to buy any for the foreseeable future. I am not that brave. Having said that, if the widely discussed rumors about the changes to the American Airlines AAdvantage program are true, then it may be time to buy some DAL stock. Delta must be dancing in the aisles just salivating about what seems to be on the way. Here is why I say this. AAdvantage is/was the one BIG advantage AA has/had over Delta. We all know operational reliability, on-board experience and in just about every other measure that matters Delta wins. Customer service is better and innovation like Virtual Assist could be an elite game changer in the industry like no other. Delta takes care of frequent flyers in every way possible – other than SkyMiles. But here is the thing, Delta…

Finding Level 1 Delta business class awards to Europe (Sweden) – Part 1 Virgin Atlantic Upper Class outbound via Manchester – Part 2 The Escape Lounge Manchester T3 – Part 3 KLM Euro business class to Amsterdam & Gothenburg – Part 4 The smallest lounge EVER – the Ford business class lounge in Gothenburg GOT- Part 5 The Club Carlson Park Inn by Radisson Stockholm – Part 6 Hertz Presidents Circle GOLD club rental in Sweden – Part 7 KLM Euro business class to Amsterdam & Manchester – Part 8 The KLM Crown Lounge Amsterdam #25 – Part 9 ASPIRE lounge #26 Amsterdam AMS Priority Pass lounge review – Part 10 SPG Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel Schiphol suite review- Part 11 The Escape Lounge Manchester T2 for Virgin Atlantic Upper Class guests review- Part 12 Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Manchester to Atlanta – Part 13 Final thoughts, costs and Virgin…

First, let me disclose this upfront. I do not own any DAL stock in my trading account, my wife’s trading accounts or either of our IRA’s. I have no plans to buy DAL stock this year (or any other year for that matter). Having said that, these are interesting times. I have personally thought that the crippling changes to the SkyMiles program would at some point have an impact on DAL stock price as some would say enough is enough and jump ship to other airlines. I know for a fact many have. Yet this is clearly not the ONLY factor at play, but I do think it is a part. What else? The price of oil (clearly) and fuel hedging by Delta The competition from other airlines The strong dollar value vs others’ currency The economy The good thing for Delta is the jets are still really full and…

I know this is just outside what I said I would post for 2015 but I am adjusting my numbers. I have had MANY readers tell me that, for weekend runners, they are happy to pay a little more if it can be a weekend only Run. That works. SO, my numbers will be Sub 4CPM for weekdays coach Sub 5CPM for weekends coach Sub 8CPM for weekdays 1st Sub 9CPM for weekends 1st I hope everyone can be happy with this compromise for those who can only take a weekend to earn MQMs. I will be SURE to put weekend in the post name so all can see that clearly. This run is nice an do try to route as far from EWR as you can for max MQMs. I wanted to find via ATL both ways but it is not working. HT to TFD for the find. I…

  Today Delta announced it is again flying the direct route between NYC & Sweden’s capital city Stockholm. But I would avoid this one and you can read more about the announcement HERE on Delta.com. The details are: DL0203 Departs Stockholm (ARN) 13:15 & arrives New York (JFK) 15:47 June – Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat July – Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat DL0202 Departs New York (JFK) 21.39 & arrives Stockholm (ARN) 11:45am (+1 day) June – Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun July – Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun The bird is a 757-200 and strangely the PR release says it only has 15 business seats (one for crew rest maybe?). These are showing as angled seats on the Delta.com seat map. If you were thinking that Delta promised us all FULL FLAT seats after June 1st to Europe (and one of the explanations for the 125,000 low level Skymiles seats)…

Have you seen the price at the pump the past few months? Many are “enjoying” under $3/gallon right now. For many of us, who drive a bunch, the difference between sub-$3 vs. Over-$4 can make a big difference in the monthly budget. So what am I going on about today? I will get to that but first let me say, as I always do, I do not hold any DAL that is Delta Air Lines stock nor do I plan to buy any in the foreseeable future – I am just not brave enough to buy ANY airline stock. Many may have missed a HUGE news announcement with the last earnings report from Delta. Did anyone notice that the Trainer oil facility made money for the first time under Delta’s ownership? You should take the time to read this piece about the facility. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85fcZ3nBNNI Delta spends an amazing amount of…

As you can see from this post title, I am blogging from the rails today on a so called Snabbtåg or Fast-train. I am sitting comfortably in 1st class (just a little more than 2nd class btw) on the x2000, with WiFi included in the price which sounds nice, and on my way to visit another cousin I have in Stockholm for the day. Now before you ask, I did try to join the “SJ”, short for Statens Järnvägar or the state’s railways, Prio rewards program before I got my tickets online. They are offering 1000 points for joining and then pay one point per Swedish Krown I spend on the rails. Plus, since I paid with my new INK PLUS card  I did not incur any international transaction fees for the tickets (I have some $5000 in spend to get done after all the pre-paying most of my bills…

First – I am not a stock guru. This post is NOT a suggestion in any possible way to buy DAL stock or any other stock. Also I know there is more to stock prices than what is to follow! So what is this. This is my day to gripe a bit about my beloved airline that I do really like. Delta does a bunch right but as a medallion, we have taken it on the chin a bunch in 2011. And not just medallions. What am I most “soap boxing” about then? Let’s start with bumps. “IT” at Delta has been great at fixing things that cost the airline money. For example, in the past, if you got a bump, you would be re-booked in Y or A class most of the time. So, you got some extra points, free upgrades many times, and some extra MQM’s. A great…

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