BREAKING: Delta Flight Diverts to Portland, Passengers Stranded, Gates Filling Up

René’s Points for Better Travel has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. René’s Points for Better Travel and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities. This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our advertising policy, visit visit this page.
Los Angeles, California - April 18, 2014: A Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-200 with the registration N655DL takes off from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in California. Delta Air Lines is the world's largest airline with 733 planes and some 160 million passengers in 2012. It is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.


Delta Air Lines flight 122 from Boston to Edinburgh, Scotland diverted to Portland Jetport in Portland, Maine, for an emergency landing.

WMTW news writes that the crew reported engine problems Saturday night and landed at PMW. (Better to find out while close to land than, you know, over the Atlantic.)

“Officials say the aircraft landed safely and no one was hurt,” MTW says.

FlightAware data indicates the 757-200 departed Logan at 10:10 PM and arrived 59 minutes later.

Sebastian White tweeted that DL9970 was apparently scheduled to ferry everyone to JFK.

As of 3:15 PM Pacific, that plane is not yet airborne.

Mr. White that the plane’s right engine was being worked on this morning.

Meanwhile, Portland passengers on other Delta flights were affected, too, by DL122.

This is the second issue Delta has had with a 757 this weekend.


Rookie Wednesday: CLEAR’s Discounts for Delta Travelers (and Not Just Elite Flyers!)

The CLEAR enrollment center at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS).

Welcome to a regular feature on the Renés Points blog. This blog 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 featured topic. CLEAR is a service both René and I love. Many Delta flyers — not just elites — can take advantage of fairly significant … Continue reading

How Can Delta Sweeten SkyMiles for — and Retain — Medallions?

Delta Diamond Medallion card cut up

  Delta’s increased success — a reported 90% load factor — means more SkyMiles elite Medallions jockeying for benefits and perks. Complimentary first class upgrades are harder to score — thanks to FCM (sometimes for just $2). And autumn is around the time of year we hear about Delta’s SkyMiles “enhancements,” which many of us know is code for “devaluations.” (Don’t forget Delta SkyMiles is consistently voted the first runner-up (not the winner) in a … Continue reading

Answering a Friend’s Questions About the Delta Amex Cash Back Credit Card Offer (OFFERS EXPIRED)

My best friend Rick wanted to take advantage of the Delta Amex cash back offers expiring Thursday, August 15. Before committing to the Delta business Platinum Amex (learn more), though, he had several questions about both the offer and card’s perks. OFFERS EXPIRED — PLEASE SEE CURRENT OFFERS In case you (or someone you know) has the same questions, here’s what we discussed — as well as some other points to consider.