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Wednesday, April 19, 2017  by John @laptoptravel Click Here to Book This Deal via Priceline I just love a same-day or overnight Mileage Run, especially when it is a First Class deal and under 8 Cents Per Mile (CPM.) The fare is $646.60 and books into Fare Class ‘A.’ Now, you do have an overnight in Dallas, so you probably need a hotel for the 8 hours you are in Dallas. If you want this great fare and earn more than 8,500 MQM’s Book Now, as I see that only four seats have been sold in total of the four segments! These will not last! No need to any worry about upgrades; you are confirmed into first class on all four flights. We only found it for same-day on one date for the BOS-LAX route and two dates for the LAX-BOS routes, as shown in the itinerary and flight details shown…

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 A Guest Post by John @laptoptravel Let’s just admit the fact; we are all natural procrastinators. It is not that anyone plans to NOT get things done on time…it’s just that life gets in the way.  Every person has work, family and personal demands on their lives. Then sometimes unforeseen events simply take the best laid plans and throw everything into a kilter. For all elites in the major airline programs there is an annual requirement to meet a specific segment or elite mileage qualification requirement to renew those statuses or to reach a new level. The end of each year, therefore, becomes a mad rush for many seeking to reach or renew an elite status with an airline (or any loyalty-based) program. Every flyer should know that Mileage Runs are not dead! A good start…you should read what I believe is the first article I…

Saturday, October 22, 2016 – A Guest Post from John (@laptoptravel) On Thursday, October 20th, 2016 Delta unveiled their newest flagship Sky Club. It opened for a Private Preview Event which was invitation-only. In spite of other reviewers who are members of the press or allowed to attend media events earlier in the week, I actually am just a long-time Delta SkyMiles member and entered through the doors without special privilege (other than the invitation.) So, enjoy this true, first-hand review of a person who was actually there and not writing a review based on a set of ‘press photos’ dispensed to reviewers (who never set foot in the Sky Club) from Delta and at a live event with lots of invited guests and Delta personnel. I just flew back in from Seattle the same night of the preview… This Review is ‘The Real Deal.’ This new facility has an…

Welcome to a weekly feature on the Renés Points blog. Each week this series covers in a “rookie” way either a Delta or travel related theme and attempts to break down to a basic level each topic. You can read up on all the previous posts HERE. Now on to this week’s feature. René has written before on the benefits of utilizing a US Bank FlexPerks credit card to earn really cheap flight tickets.  This is one of my most used strategies each year. But there is a little known benefit to the US Bank FlexPerks card (that even René was not aware of 🙂 ). I am writing this article after a conversation we had talking about travel, miles & points this weekend at the Chicago Seminars. US Bank does not always do a great job of informing customers about some great promotions; I typically find those through alert…

Sunday, October 9, 2016 – A Guest Post by John @laptoptravel I recently wrote about Delta Air Lines’ new promotion, “12Status,” which is just another jab in the continuing saga of the ‘Battle in Seattle’ between Alaska Airlines and Delta.  It is a ‘turf war,’ with Delta being the newcomer. For years Alaska Airlines has been the ‘hometown’ airline to Seattle and has a loyal following. Alaska also boasts an all-Boeing (Seattle-based manufacturer) aircraft fleet.  Alaska Airlines even signed the NFL Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson as their CFO (Chief Football Officer.) This flies in the face of Delta’s ‘12Status’ NFL promotion for SkyMiles members to earn free SkyMiles. Not to be outdone by Delta’s free giveaway, Alaska has come up with their own free miles giveaway promotion; Fantasy Bonus Miles. Qualification is limited to those Alaska MileagePlan members who live in one of five states; Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and…

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 A Guest Post by John @laptoptravel A lot of frequent flyers who are deeper into what many call ‘the hobby’ look for techniques and strategies to lower their cost of travel. Following RenésPoints blog, many of you are kept aware of strategies for flying cheaply to get great trips for less money or to get qualifying miles for status. One of my strategies is to use methods to achieve elite status with hotels much like many do with airlines. Often, this requires a certain number of nights or stays in a year to reach a certain level.  Obviously, doing this at the least out-of-pocket expense is the goal. Over the past two years I have noticed a trend of discounted gift cards being available for purchase online; many of these through gift card resellers such as Raise, GiftCard Zen and a few others. EBay also offered a…

Saturday, July 16, 2016  by John @laptoptravel We are seeing a continuing attack fare by Delta Air Lines on United Airlines’ hubs and this means great opportunities to fly to Dublin, Ireland from San Francisco’s Airport.  Delta seems to be offering this great deal to Dublin (and somewhat higher, yet competitive fares) and other European airports. I just posted a couple of days ago a great attack fare from Phoenix to both of Tokyo’s (Narita and Haneda) airports as they were targeting American Airlines’ routes. Plus, this becomes a Vacation Run in that you can stay as little as one day and night and fly back. Re-positioning should be really easy right now in several ways; Delta is having an award sale for as little as 5,000 SkyMiles round-trip as well San Francisco is reached cheaply by many airports on the West Coast. Now, I was able to make this work directly through Delta’s…

Thursday, July 14, 2016  by John @laptoptravel We are seeing an attack fare by Delta Air Lines on American Airlines’ Phoenix hub and this means great opportunities to fly to one of Tokyo’s two airports; either Narita or Haneda Airport.  Delta seems to be offering this deal to both airports, based on the itinerary. Haneda is much close to the city of Tokyo so may be a better choice if you want a sightseeing day in the city. There are even itineraries that include a ride on a Boeing 747 in either or both directions (Seattle to/from Narita.) Plus, this becomes a Mileage Run in that you can stay as little as one day and night and fly back. Also, visit a Delta SkyClub in the Narita Airport, see Rene’s recent visit report here. Re-positioning should be really easy right now in several ways; Delta is having an award…

Tuesday, July 12, 2016  by John @laptoptravel It’s been way too long (in my opinion) since I have been able to find another First Class (domestic Business) Delta Air Lines Mileage Run, but suddenly this deal popped up on our fare screenings. The San Diego to Austin run is an overnight run (so not hotel required) but it is a long time from departure to return. If you are okay with that, then by all means grab this deal NOW!  I found only two dates (August 5th and August 12th) that worked for the San Diego departure dates.  Now if you try to book this make sure you have the Detroit connection on both the outbound and return itineraries to get the maximum Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM’s) for you dollars. This is a fantastic run if you seek about 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles.  It takes place in almost the same-day, but…

Friday, June 10, 2016   by John @laptoptravel Well for followers of the Elite Mileage Run blog and our Twitter followers we have a great First Class Mileage Run found on Delta Air Lines again. I am actually currently in Hawaii on a working trip but worked out this search this morning and just had to share for ‘mainlanders.’ This is quite similar to our recent Dallas to San Francisco Mileage Run for June. On this example you can actually select one of two itineraries, for a fare difference.  My example is $561, however there is another one (as shown in the image at the top) of the other fare ($625) which works out to 6.8 CPM.  Either one is a great bargain for First Class. Well, here you go.  Don’t forget to first log into your Delta account and then proceed with our booking instructions. KAYAK DIRECT BOOKING LINK  Click on the “View…

Friday, June 3, 2016   by John @laptoptravel Well for followers of the Elite Mileage Run blog and our Twitter followers we have a great First Class Mileage Run found on Delta Air Lines again. I am actually heading out shortly on a huge trip but got a weird alert on my computer search this morning telling me there was a ‘fare discrepancy’ (make of that what you will…) So I felt compelled to check it out and dig some more. Sure enough, I found a little trick that will help you great a First Class itinerary earning 9,200 Medallion Qualification Miles in a single overnight itinerary; one which I have done twice myself. So, once you search for the lowest coach fare (I found these for between $310 and $318) which is still not a bad coach run…you can then wait for Delta to offer you the opportunity to upgrade…

A Guest Post by John @laptoptravel Back in April of 2015 I wrote “I am absolutely certain that one of the biggest fare war battles is starting to brew in Latin American and Caribbean routes. Richard Anderson (CEO of Delta at that time) has made it very clear that he intends for Delta to become the preeminent carrier in those regions. The recent partnership alliance with AeroMexico is just a hint of what’s to come…” Fast forward to today and we can see that Delta has increased its ownership in Aeromexico and is raising its stake in GOL (a Brazilian partner) in its pursuit of increased presence in the Latin and South American markets. The U.S. airline industry has gone through a lot of consolidation leaving us with what will be four major airlines; American, Delta, United and soon to be Alaska (post Virgin America merger.) While large successful airlines are…

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