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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…

I give Delta IT folks a hard time. I have been chastised by other Delta folks for giving said folks a hard time. You know what, sorry, I have worked in IT for 20 year and they deserve it. This latest “StopoverGate” is just one in a long string of examples I can point to (when it comes to Skymiles – the rest of Delta IT does seem to work VERY well). When I think about it I really should thank them for being so bad with Skymiles IT because of it we now have a tiny window into just how bad #DOS or the Destruction of Skymiles will be next year. And as I keep warning folks that Delta plans to #KeepDescending as much as we will possibly let them next year. I even have, shockingly, confirmation from Delta folks that this issue was related to the Skymiles2015 program.…

UPDATE: SEE THIS POST FOR LATEST UPDATE FROM DELTA CORP! It looks like Delta’s latest Skymiles award issue I talked about yesterday has been 100% overshadowed by the 2015 AAdvantage program that seems a bunch less messy that Delta’s. I still don’t recommend switching, but I would also understand if you did given what AA now has published is next. It still makes my head explode when I was told by a Delta company rep that if people stop flying or go to AA Delta will just park jets and not fly them. That seems like such a great idea – a airline that parks jets? Maybe I just don’t understand the airline business; I thought jets only made money when up in the air. I guess they can make money parked too? Anyway, there has begun to trickle out little bits of info where some folks are finding, in…

This has been my most disorganized series of trip reports ever. I started with my review of the new 767-300 full flat seats. Next the Holiday Inn Express hotel we stayed at near the Schiphol airport (AMS). Then jumped to a quick report of the island visit in Sweden. Just yesterday Lisa had a review of her solo trip home. This summer has been crazy. But let’s get to the trip itself. We landed and after collecting luggage went & picked up a 2 day I Am Amsterdam card (5 Euros off if you show your KLM Flying Blue card – yet one more reason to have one). This gave us unlimited trolley rides and entrance to so many museums that there was no way to see them all in 2 days. Also discounts on many other attractions. Is it a great deal? If you do enough yes, if not,…

I have had many occasions in traveling where I found myself in a city new to me with several hours to spare before my connecting flight. Surely you have too, and perhaps on a few of those occasions you were able to leave the airport and meet up with friends, grab a nice lunch at a local place as opposed to airport fare, or just do a little sight-seeing in a place you’ve never been. As many times as I have been through Schipol I have never seen the local sights, so I plan to address that on a future trip to Sweden when I have an opportunity to stopover in Amsterdam overnight. So let’s say you just have a shorter layover, say 8 hours or so, and you want to do one of the above little excursions. Is there anything to prevent or inhibit you? Not really. Let’s say…

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