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In case you have not noticed, Delta has spiffed up the graphics on the Skybonus website. Not much new as far as functionality, but the info is a bit simpler to see. These changes are good and needed since so many folks may still have well over a year’s worth of missing Skybonus points or may have even been incorrectly kicked out of the program due to missing flights that never posted. But on to the question of the day – why does Delta not also hide the Skybonus charts after the devious move of hiding the SkyMiles award charts? I am really not trying to be silly about this. After all, we all know the online SkyMiles award booking page is beyond broken so we can not trust it. With Skybonus we have to call but why not just have them tell us how many points whatever it…

I have late today received an update from Delta Air Lines about the ongoing issue with Skybonus sending e-mails to the wrong people. I have the following quote to publish: “SkyBonus recently sent email messages advising affected companies and customers in the program of possible issues related to delta.com bookings which were placed between November  and March. We are aware that some of the names within these emails were incorrect. The message was intended to be sent to the SkyBonus company ID in the email. A correction email will be sent to impacted companies on Wednesday. We apologize for the inconvenience and confusion that this may have caused.” – Delta Air Lines Now this still does not address many of the other issues like the fact that we have to spend much of our time inputting old tickets and may not be able to find some from our employees, but…

Many of you may, or may not, have got this email notice that Skybonus points have not posted your points going all the way back, get this, to: November 1, 2014 I can tell you from my first hand experience that my MQD spend and points for 2014 were almost $10,000 and yet my Skybonus posted spend was just over $5,000. They direct you to go back and submit all your tickets (as well as any employees) going back to November 1st. That will be a ton of work for those who have maybe dozens of tickets that did not post as well as employees who you may not have as simple access to their ticket history as your own at “My Delta”. The other issue that I am not sure how Delta is going to address is this: I am sure there were a number of folks who were…

Just a heads up, if you are looking to join Skybonus they have a new 5,000 bonus point code for using the promotion code: SKYAPR15 in the current month’s SKY Magazine. 5k seems to be about the best they promo for a very long time now. Also keep in mind there are sweeping changes coming on 1JAN16 to Skybonus, but even if you only get bonus points THIS year why not grab them for free when you are flying anyway as either a sole proprietor or for your company and your employees. Next, they have loaded a great many new promotions valid for travel between 6APRIL and 30JUNE. As also is the case as of late some of these  may be targeted  but it is worth logging in to your Skybonus account and selecting all there are as you never know if you may not end up flying some route…

Skybonus has been a very nice way to triple dip flying on Delta. That is, you earn a Skymile for your ticket, you could earn a Crossover Reward as a Medallion and then if your company was included in Skybonus you could earn Skybonus points as well. The latter, as the new current Skymiles program, was very much MQD spend determined. Then, to weed out undesirables, Delta came up with an MQD spend number of 5k and last year many exited the program for failing to meet revenue requirements. I myself spent almost 10k last year with Delta, but thanks to Skymiles2015 will try my best to keep that under 2k this year so this was to be my last year in that program anyway. Well Delta has decided sole proprietors, or even those with less than 5 employees, are now undesirable to the program – even if they spend…

While Skybonus points do take longer and cost more to spend, they are “free” and another great way to triple-dip your Delta flights along with Skymiles and Crossover Rewards. Here is the latest list: DOUBLE SKYBONUS POINTS ON SELECT ROUTES. All flights your company takes until March 31 earn double points! Your company can earn double SkyBonus points for each nonstop purchased ticket between select routes from now until March 31, 2015. Travel can include segments beyond, but there must be a nonstop segment between the promotional routes. All travel must be on a Delta-marketed ticket between the following routes: FLIGHTS BETWEEN Detroit (DTW) and Shanghai (PVG) Houston (IAH) and Amsterdam (AMS) Los Angeles (LAX) and London (LHR) Los Angeles (LAX) and Sydney, Australia (SYD) Mexico City (MEX) and Paris (CDG) Miami (MIA) and Paris (CDG) New York (JFK) and Brussels (BRU) New York (JFK) and London (LHR) New York…

A few years ago, this would have been “smashingly good news” as our friends across the pond might say (and if you have a Delta PVT jet card I bet you say phrases like that). Today, however, this announcement is only really good news for big spenders at Delta as you now get even more Skybonus points. In a nutshell, as I know your time is valuable, you are earning a big chunk of Skybonus points at the time of “deposit” since the spend is locked in when you get the card. Getting 10x Skybonus points, on top of all the other perks the Private Jet card gives you, like instant Diamond Medallion status for you or for you to gift to whoever you want is very nice. Other than Delta gifting you DM status because of “who you are”, this is the only way a “normal” flyer can gift…

Just a quick update from 32k (on American no less) that Delta’s Skybonus has a bunch of new promotions for bonus miles. Some bits. You must register before you buy tickets and you know you never know when some route may or may not happen so just click all the ones in your account (must be logged in to see them btw): https://skybonus.delta.com/bizListPromotions.sb Also, be very careful and do check if you have any points that will expire by year end as you must spend them. Unfortunately Skybonus points do not “reset” their expiration with account activity so you must burn them before 3 years is up (i.e. w/in 3 years of earning them)! Lastly you only have a few more hours for a shot at winning this week’s SWAG Saturday giveaway – René Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express® Click HERE for more info

  I like this one. Not only is this what has become the stock monthly Skybonus promo, that is 5,000 points for new members, but for all of us who are already members a chance to win ETVs and 200,000 bonus points. That is neat! Here are the details: “Enroll by Sept. 30 with promotion code SWEEPS14 for your chance to win. Your company will also earn an extra 5,000 points with first flight.” & “Thank you for participating in SkyBonus! Make sure you share this sweepstakes with all your travelers!** Each employee that enters with your company’s SkyBonus ID counts as another entry for your company.” Even with the recent changes (both devaluations and some improvements) Skybonus is a free extra bonus program you should be looking at if your business spends at least $5,000 a year flying Delta. And again not just you, but you can get credit…

  I know that this year (and last) there are times when promos are targeted. I am hoping this is not the case today, but please advise me if you don’t see the same massive list of promos I see in mine. In a nutshell Delta is offering, on most of them, double points and most fare classes are included, but code shares are excluded. These tend to have so many more restrictions than I am seeing this round. They are running until the end of September. Anyway, as is the case with almost all Delta promos, you need to register before you buy any tickets if you are a Skybonus member log in and see what is open to you! – René . Editorial Note: Any opinions, analyses, reviews or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise…

I am clearly a big fan of Skybonus and it, along with CrossoverRewards is a great way to “extra” dip each flight you take on Delta. Now some may not consider Silver Medallion status all that great since the largest rewards and recognition from Delta starts with the Gold Medallion level. However, for Delta now and then flyers Silver Medallion (FO) status truly is a sweet perk and if you work that status the right way you can really enjoy a bunch a benefits. When I was an FO I got quite a few upgrades and worst case enjoyed exit row seating and all the other perks this entry level status brings. Well Delta has, with no advance notice, massively devalued the perks of gifting someone Silver Medallion status by using your Skybonus points. Take a look at the OLD chart, updated in May2014 with the new Skyclub membership awards,…

I mentioned last month that now is the best time to status match / challenge with Delta since it gives you the longest time as an elite after you earn your challenge. Well, there is an amazing run I found from Hawaii in 1st class for under 7CPM that can earn your challenge on just ONE weekend trip. Sure you have to get to Hawaii to start this but a few days in the islands on either side of the run does not sound all that bad to me! 😉 The next one is the latest 5000 point Skybonus deal for July. It is 5k that has been, for the most part, the norm for a long time. I hope Delta will bring back some of the larger Skybonus deals they had in the past, but for now this is it. TopCashBack is down to 2% for now on gift…

  First, just as an FYI, I can refer you to Skybonus and we can BOTH get 5,000 Skybonus points if you then buy a ticket and fly by the end of June. If you want to get in on the deal and it ends TOMORROW. Next, let me ask you a question. Have you ever had a ticket reissued due to a schedule change, SDC or other event and Delta creates a new ticket number for you? Now your PNR stays the same. Plus, after your trip, under most circumstances you just get your Skymiles and are happy. But what about your Skybonus. I have noticed some tickets have not been posting or not at all. So, especially after my last 1st class run “to nowhere” with reader Graydon that had a bunch of changes, I wanted to get credit. I got this very helpful reply from Delta. It…

  I got an email the other day with the reminder of the MQD spend requirement to remain year after year a member of the Skybonus program. Yes, it is $5000 and I cleared that just by a hair for last year I am happy to say. This year, it will be close once again! Anyway, Delta has loaded what may now be one of the best values for Skybonus points. Keep in mind as I talked about yesterday you can no longer bring your +1 into the Skyclub with an “Individual” membership or a Delta or non-Delta travel credit cards. Executive membership does allow +1’s. So being able to redeem 100,000 points for the Individual or 160,000 for the Executive seems like a very good value for these points. Also keep in mind you and I can BOTH get 5,000 Skybonus points if I send you a referral link…

There are two new Skybonus deals that popped up in my account today. Like all things Skybonus you have to make sure you register for any promotions BEFORE you fly. It also seems some of the latest are targeted, but it is worth checking. The next one is just stunning. Thanks to NAI there are some major fare wars to Scandinavia like the one above for just $492. The latest one gives some staggering MQMs and Skymiles and is even possible on a weekend mileage run. Sweet day for flight deals! – René . Gold-Platinum-Reserve Delta SkyMiles® Credit Cards from American Express® Click HERE for more info

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