A Proud Tradition: SkyMiles Again Named Second Best Frequent Flyer Program. Congratulations, Delta?

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A Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-300 with the registration N808NW takes off from Amsterdam Airport (AMS) in the Netherlands on April 21, 2015. Delta is one of the three major American legacy carriers with its headquarters in Atlanta. (Photo: ©iStock.com/Boarding1Now)

U.S. News & World Report crowned Delta SkyMiles the first runner-up in the Best Airlines Rewards Programs survey — for the third consecutive year.

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Last-Minute MQM Run Atlanta to Mexico City $409 & 3010 MQM’s at 13.5CPM 2015 Year-End Delta Elite Mileage Run

Tuesday, December 29, 2015  by John @laptoptravel   So, you’ve waited until the dreaded minutes before midnight, end of the year 2015 to finally get all your Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM’s) in, right?  No problem, just grab a quick flight out of Atlanta; surely Delta has lots of cheap flights the last two days of the year, right? Nope, no way…not gonna happen! A quick scan over last-minute airfares will send you to your local … Continue reading

New York to Anchorage $542 &7865 MQMs at 6.9CPM 2015 Year-End Delta Elite Mileage Run

Monday, December 21, 2015  by John @laptoptravel Well, I am throwing up final salute to you NYC area runners with this Mileage Run out of your home area.  Hurry, up and pack your carry-on and you just might get a Complimentary Free Upgrade to First Class on a few (if not all) of these four segments! Yep, yet’s take a look…and since we are a “full-service” blog here at RenésPoints I am showing the seat maps for … Continue reading

Dallas to Las Vegas 1st class $557 & 8210 MQMs at 6.8CPM One-Day Delta Elite Mileage Run

Wednesday, December 3, 2015 by John @laptoptravel Who doesn’t like a Business/First Class Elite Mileage Run? Look what I found for you today; It is a First Class Delta Air Lines itinerary from Dallas to Las Vegas. You have a single day when this fare is the lowest; Depart on Sunday, December 20th and return the next day, Monday. I really tried to make this work through Detroit both ways, but it just isn’t price-friendly … Continue reading

Atlanta to Hong Kong $1367 & 18692 MQMs at 7.3CPM Delta Elite Mileage Run Thursday-Monday

Saturday, November 28, 2015 by John @laptoptravel     It’s a windfall weekend for Mileage Runs, perhaps leading up to Cyber Monday? Let me preface this post by saying I fully understand that a Mileage Run like this may be too much for many. But, I am appealing to two groups of flyers out there. First, some of you may find yourself in a panic of how to get a bunch of Delta MQM’s before … Continue reading

Las Vegas to San Juan $577 & 9144 MQMs 6CPM Weekday Delta Elite Mileage Run

  Saturday, November 28, 2015 by John @laptoptravel Let me follow-up my last Mileage Run post (which was San Diego to San Juan) with another trip headed to the warm, sunny shores of San Juan, Puerto Rico. This may not have the same appeal for Californians as for those stuck in the harsher northern climates, but it is still MQM’s on the cheap. Perhaps many of you could reposition to Las Vegas to take advantage … Continue reading

San Diego to San Juan $555 & 9144 MQMs at 6.1CPM Delta Elite Mileage Run Year End 2015

Saturday, November 28, 2015  by John @laptoptravel We are currently seeing a theme in Mileage Runs…and I actually have two posts today for the beautiful, sunny shores of San Juan, Puerto Rico. As a Hawaii-raised flyer, I am naturally drawn to these beach destinations for Mileage Runs. In fact, in a few days I will actually be doing my own 15,000 MQM Mileage Run to Costa Rica for a crazy $230.40 and 15,000 SkyMiles for … Continue reading

How much longer till Delta fixes partner one-way award booking bug (it has been 5 days now)!

I really did not think this was going to go on for this long, that is, the issue with NOT being able to book Delta partner awards as one-way tickets on Delta.com since about 6PM ET on the 12th of August according to both readers e-mailing and tweeting me as well as on FlyerTalk. I told a reader that this issue comes and goes on Delta.com, that is, partner space disappearing and appearing, but most … Continue reading

STOP THE PRESSES – some Delta “LEVEL 1” business class award space JUNE 2016 to Europe? Yep! But should you book these tickets?

No, you are not seeing things. You are seeing, even after the NASTY 1JUNE16 award changes with Delta that can result in tickets costing you nearly 1 million SkyMiles round trip, a decent amount of LEVEL 1 round trip business class award space to Europe for two people and that even includes many choices that are Delta metal flights (tip: yes, Delta still mostly uses the award charts, they just hide them)! Now before we … Continue reading

How to salvage any kind of Delta SkyMiles value for award travel after 1JUNE2016 gut wrenching devaluations begin.

Folks, the answer is really simple – don’t fly Delta. Well, that is not entirely correct, but for the most part correct for travel outside the USA. First an overview of what we are talking about. This week Delta has: Utterly decimated (again) SkyMiles value Cut Diamond Medallion complimentary transcon upgrades “Bat crazy-ed” SkyMiles award upgrade costs Cut 1st class bag allowances (no notice) Announced more of the same is on the way next Yep, … Continue reading

Can SkipLagged & hidden city ticketing help with Delta awards? YES (but don’t do it)!

Airlines hate it. Travelers love it. What is this travel trick? It is hidden city ticketing. That is, as you can see from my example above, starting a one-way trip from Miami (MIA) and connecting via New York (JFK) to Washington (DCA). Now here is the thing. It may be much cheaper to fly this route than just booking a direct MIA-JFK flight. The “hidden city” ticketing comes in when you get off at JFK … Continue reading

Two $50 Amazon Gift card winners for MOST expensive Delta award ticket 750,000 SkyMiles round trip!

It would appear we have our winner (s) for the little $50 Amazon Gift card for the current most expensive Delta SkyMiles award ticket that can be found by simply doing a search from A-B on Delta.com and it is: 750,000 SkyMiles That is beyond  mind numbing and shocking  and is for just one single award ticket in business class round trip. I was beyond nauseated when the over 500,000 SkyMiles one was posted from … Continue reading

Delta is bragging about OFCMB seat choices & what Delta 1st class seat = same as coach?

New this week when you fly you will find an advertisement in your seat back pocket bragging up the new OFCMB “Your Time” experience. And that Delta is committed to your satisfaction and how proud they are about winning some awards (not so much at the Freddie’s 2015 and I wish they cared at all about the frequent flyer program 1/10th as much as they do about selling stuff). And inside the glossy 3 panel … Continue reading

Why Delta did not win anything at the 2015 Freddie Awards (it’s not all that hard).

Delta was an amazing host for this year’s Freddie awards – they truly were. The event, at the Delta flight museum that I reviewed HERE was just about perfect. Also, just like Delta food on-board, was VERY good. There is not anything but heaps of praise that can be bestowed on Delta for all they and the other partners did to make this one of the most memorable Freddie awards ceremonies EVER!. There was just … Continue reading

Why Adam’s award booking help is more important than ever – #AwardChartGate

A few days ago I had the “joy” of doing about 10 hours of AMEX “training” due to being a card affiliate. You see, the regulations regarding anything to do with finance are truly mind boggling. I mean, I can tell you there have been times where literally a change has been a period in an offer and we have to make changes to stay in compliance. But what does any of this have to … Continue reading