Warning to Delta SkyBonus Users: Feds Indict Travel Agent For Alleged Points Abuse — Worth $1.75 Million

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If you use Delta SkyBonus (a program designed to reward businesses using Delta Air Lines and select SkyTeam carriers for employee travel), you might want to pay attention to this news. Continue reading

Delta’s Million Miler Gifts: Should Delta Copy United and American (For a Change)?

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A Delta Million Miler brag tag on baggage.

Achieving Million Miler status is a pretty big accomplishment. Each time you accrue a million miles on an airline, the carrier gives you a gift of some sort.

Delta gives you annual Silver at 1M or Gold status at 2M & 3M or Platinum at 4M (depending on how many millions of miles you’ve earned) and some luggage or jewelry.

United, meanwhile, steps it up. While UA may not give you premium luggage or shiny bracelets, they gift both you and a companion annual elite status. American gives you miles and upgrades.

Nice, right?

Is it time for once Delta copy United and American — and up their Million Miler game? Continue reading

Delta Weekend Elite #MileageRun: San Francisco (SFO) to London Heathrow (LHR): 11,818 MQM at 4.2 CPM ($495)

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The London Eye and County Hall on the banks of the River Thames.

The London Eye and County Hall on the banks of the River Thames.

For those needing MQM, you might want to jump on this deal I found valid for only one weekend! Continue reading

Rookie Wednesday: How Do You Know if Your Flight is Oversold?

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Crowded gate at SEA airport during a Delta Air Lines mileage run.

Delta plays a fascinating game of chicken when it comes to overbooking flights. Continue reading

Delta Sky Club Coming to Tokyo Haneda Airport!

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Delta Sky Club at the B concourse in Atlanta

Great news for Delta passengers heading to Tokyo next summer (and beyond): a new Sky Club is opening at Haneda Airport! Continue reading

Delta Employees Help Bust Alleged Child Smuggler; Dog Scams Tourists; Vegas Shooting Site Plans Announced

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It was a busy week on the blog filled with great reader comments — thank you!

Here’s the week that was here at Rene’s Points: Continue reading

San Francisco (SFO) to Guatemala City (GUA) Elite Business Class MQD Mileage Run: $2000 MQD & 7503 MQM

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The Agua volcano illuminated by the first sunlight at sunrise seen from the main street of Antigua city, famous for its yellow arch, Guatemala, Central America.

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Bay Area travelers (or those who can position to SFO) have a chance to pick up some quick MQD during this Aeromexico business class MQD mileage run to Guatemala City! Continue reading

Delta’s Banking on First Class Monetization to Calm Its Investors

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Delta One 767 window seats

Bad news if you were hoping maybe Delta would ditch first class monetization and Medallion complimentary upgrades become more frequent. Continue reading

Capped Fares and Delta Travel Weather Waivers for Two Virginia Destinations; More Flights Canceled

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As Hurricane Dorian works its way up the East Coast, so do Delta Air Lines’ travel weather waivers. Continue reading

UPDATE: Austin (AUS) to Boston (BOS) Amex Offer Elite One-Day Mileage Run: 4.8 CPM, 3936 MQM

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Wide Angle Aerial View of Downtown Boston At Sunset with Clear Skies

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PLEASE NOTE. Reader Enjoy Fine Food reminded me connections are not allowed on this offer. Thanks, E! If you booked this trip and expect the Amex Offer, you may want to cancel it. Or keep it and have a 5.8 CPM which isn’t horrible. (Who knows. With Delta’s IT, you may still get the Amex credit 😉 )

The American Express offer for Delta Air Lines trips to three cities expires tomorrow — so today’s a good day to find MQM runs to those destinations!

I came across this Austin (AUS) to Boston (BOS) same-day elite mileage run for Wednesday, October 23. Continue reading

SkyTeam Travelers in Europe: Another KLM Work Interruption Set for Wednesday at Amsterdam Schiphol

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2017: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 777-200 PH-BQM passenger plane arrive and landing at Amsterdam Schipol Airport

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 777-200, tail number PH-BQM passenger plane arrives and landing at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. (©iStock.com/Jozsef Soos)

One day after a work stoppage by KLM workers in Amsterdam caused the cancellations of nearly a dozen flights, another strike is set for Wednesday, September 4. Continue reading

Delta Extends Hurricane Dorian Travel Waiver for Bahamas; Adds Florida Cancellations

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Brighton beach coming hurricane.

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Following Hurricane Dorian’s devastation of the Bahamas, Delta has extended its weather waiver for that region. The airline also said it cancelled nearly 200 flights. Continue reading

How Can the Delta Reserve Credit Card Reserve Cards from American Express Be Improved?

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Delta Air Lines jets at New York Kennedy JFK Airport

Delta American Express cards offer cardholders decent-ish benefits. But points earnings and other areas leave something to be desired.

Where are some areas Delta and American Express can improve its premium Reserve cards? Continue reading

A Study Says People Are Skipping Vacations Because of Cost. Are You One?

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Did you take a Labor Day weekend trip? Or was cost too prohibitive? You’re definitely not alone if you fall into the latter group. Continue reading

Several Georgia and Carolinas Destinations Receive Delta Travel Weather Waivers for Hurricane Dorian

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Airplanes parked on airport in monsoon, seen through drops of water on glass window

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With Category 5 Hurricane Dorian wreaking havoc on the Bahamas, Delta Air Lines has issued a new travel weather waiver for a number of cities in Georgia and the Carolinas. Continue reading