Delta Airlines Posts

Italian Court Says Emirates Must Suspend New York - Milan Route

An Italian Court handed Dubai-based Emirates a stinging defeat yesterday, holding that the carrier could not operate its Fifth Freedom Route between New York and Milan.

It all boils down to this--there is a very real (and valid) fear amongst U.S. and European carriers that the Gulf ...


Dear Airlines, Why Aren't You Honest With Us?

First things first. Airline loyalty programs are here to stay--they are too lucrative. With airlines beholden to credit card companies, who purchase points en masse and distribute them to their customers, the possibility of loyalty programs going away is off the table.

But, we see that ...


Seattle - Just Say NO to Delta! Frequent Flyer Programs Hit Rock Bottom


If 2013 and the start of 2014 wasn’t a clear enough sign of what consolidation of the airline industry does to frequent flyer program then I can’t think of how to lay it out any clearer. Across the industry, Delta, United, American, Alaska, and Southwest have all devalued their ...


Delta International Economy Amenity Kits & Upgraded Snacks


Years ago Delta Airlines stopped providing customers in international economy amenity kits. I can recall back in 2007 traveling to Europe for the first time, I flew Delta from New York JFK to Bucharest. On that flight I was provided with an amenity kit that included a bright red eye mask, cheap ...

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Alaska and Delta announce merger plans


Delta, Alaska announce $15 billion merger 

April 1, 2014 | SEATTLE, WA: Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson and President Ed Bastian announced today that the world's second largest airline will be merging with Alaska ...


Alaska & Delta Decrease Reciprocal Elite Benefits May 1


Alaska Airline and Delta are reducing the reciprocal benefit that elite passengers recieve from each airline. The news came out via email today, but has been on both Alaska Air and Delta's webpages for a couple of days. The changes affect elite perks such as free baggage allowance, discounts ...

Delta SkyMiles 2015 Award Chart - It's Bad!


Delta has revealed their Skymiles 2015 award chart for travel from North America ONLY and I must say I am further unimpressed with Delta Airlines than ever before. The airline touts that “Of the 44 Award level pricing changes, more than 95 percent of the changes reflect a decrease in the ...


New Numbers Show the Route Network is Not Saving United Airlines

United Airlines has released its 2014 Quarter One investor guidance and the figures are ugly. United blames the weather, the late Easter holiday, and the reduction of its regional jet fleet, but the signs point to a more ominous reason—continued poor management of world’s largest ...


Business incentive program - American Airlines Business Extra


In case you missed my post from yesterday detailing business incentive programs and their benefit using the Skybonus example, check it out first here. 

My favorite program

Why is American Business extra my favorite program?  The value of American's award chart ...

Free double dipping - Intro to business incentive programs


Rocky had a great post about the bonuses currently offered by business incentive programs from Delta (Skybonus) and American (Business Extra).  I have been a member of these programs for years, and I have been preparing a post about them since the bonuses have thrust them into the limelight. ...


No Meal Vouchers For Bumped Delta Passengers In Atlanta

­The last year has been the year of SkyMile and Delta Devaluations. This time, Delta has very quietly made another change to the way they handle bumped passengers. I, in fact, only found out about the change because I took a volunteer bump on an oversold flight in exchange for a hotel room ...


Delta Names Seattle a "Hub" & Adds even more flights!


If we didn't already know that Delta was on attack in Seattle, they are making it even more clear by adding four more nonstop flights from Seattle to Phoenix, Tucson, Palm Springs, and Jackson Hole. Three of the four new routes are currently served by Alaska Airline and the addition of these four ...


Delta Tumi Amenity Kit Giveaway


On my recent JFK-Sea BusinessElite flight I was able to secure three extra Delta Tumi bag amenity kits. These new amenity kits have been out for almost one year and have been a huge success with Business Travelers flying on long haul Delta flights. I had not flown a Delta flight since they ...


Delta BusinessElite JFK-SEA B757 Trip Report


Delta’s Transcontinental BusinessElite is supposed to bring international flying amenities to the domestic market. Delta offers Trancontinental Business Elite from New York-JFK to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. The upgraded service includes lay flat seats on some planes, ...


A Final Farewell to Delta and Skymiles


Every year since the merger with Northwest Airlines, I have been a loyal Delta flyer. I have had status with NWA/Delta ever since I was 18 years old and have done everything in my power to reach Platinum status annually since I was 22. It’s been an interesting and turbulent 9 years, but ...


Are you earning miles on absolutely every transaction?

This is a post about getting miles on everything, and I mean everything for which you exchange money.  I get miles on rent/mortgage, insurance, I even get miles when I pay a babysitter.  I will get into that shortly, but first, here is a little background on why I am writing the post. ...


Delta Restricts Lounge Access, Will United and AA Follow?

Because gutting the Skymiles program twice without notice just was not enough, Delta Air Lines used this fine Friday to announce a major devaluation of its Sky Club lounge access policy. Oh, you have a guest? That will be $29. Will United Airlines and others follow the trendsetting ...