Delta Airlines Posts

How safe is flying?

Last week I was on a Delta flight from Ft Lauderdale to JFK.  It was an early morning flight, so I was ready to nap.   After a few issues at the gate, we were buttoned up and on our way to the runway, so far, mostly uneventful.

Just as we approach the runway, the passenger ...

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Additions and Subtractions to Virgin Atlantic Route Network

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Virgin Atlantic, strengthening its joint venture partnership with Delta Air Lines, has announced new routes that will bring the two carriers closer than ever before. With the lastest shuffle, the USA wins while Canada, India, Japan, and South Africa loses.

The new Virgin Atlantic routes ...

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Delta's SkyClub New Breakfast Items - I Witnessed Them, Hardly an Upgrade

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Last week Delta Skyclubs rolled out their first round of enhancements after increasing Skyclub prices and previewing enhancements earlier this year which included new food items, spa services, and amenities such as shoe shines.  The first enhancement included a new menu which appeared to ...

GOODBYE Southwest, I'm coming "home" Delta

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Over the last year, it’s been more than obvious that I have not been Delta’s biggest fan. After flying them back and forth a dozen times or so from the West coast to Maine, and securing just enough miles for only Silver status in 2014, I left Delta after 7+ years of being a long time ...

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Delta Slowly Backpedals On Transcon Upgrade Policy

Early last December, Delta revamped their unlimited complimentary domestic upgrade elite policy and transition to a program similar to United which still offered unlimited complimentary upgrades on most routes but required Global Upgrade Certificates to be used on premium transcontinental ...

RDMs Will Be Revenue-Based Starting March 01, 2015 on United Airlines

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When Delta Air Lines announced a revenue-based earnings chart for 2015, I predicted that it would only be a matter of time before United Airlines would match, though I did not expect it to happen so soon. Copying Delta almost exactly, United has announced revenue-based earnings will replace ...

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Delta Upgrades Transcontinental Premium Economy Product

Delta is once again upping its game on their transcontinental route by further enhancing their premium economy product offering. In the last year we’ve already seen Delta offer free spirits and free upgraded snack wraps to economy comfort customers between New York’s JFK and Seattle, ...

Delta Consolidated Operations at SAN

As of June 5, 2014 Delta is moving out of the smaller commuter terminal at San Diego International and moving their LAX bound flights to Terminal 2 in an effort to reduce operating costs and move all flights into a single terminal, reducing the number of staff needed as the two terminals are ...

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Oldest Active Flight Attendant Celebrates 90th Birthday, 63 Years in Sky

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In the USA there is no regulation setting a maximum age for flight attendants. With this lack of regulation and strong FA unions, we seeing an aging FA base among the legacy carriers of American, Delta, and United. And then there are some super veterans.

Bob Reardon has been flying ...

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The Silver Lining: Calling Delta means long wait times

I must admit, I HATE calling the airlines, in fact, I hate talking on the phone in general. I am someone who much prefers communication via text, emails, and maximizing the internet and webpages to do everything. Yet as well know, sometimes a phone call is a must and can solve the problem faster ...

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Delta Debit Card Not Going Away After All

There was speculation about the Delta Debit Card from SunTrust possibly going away.  I covered the card extensively here if you would like more info.  My own mother got the card just before the website was taken down and the offer was to be closed.  Gary Leff had indicated that ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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

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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 ...

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Delta International Economy Amenity Kits & Upgraded Snacks

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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

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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 ...

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Alaska & Delta Decrease Reciprocal Elite Benefits May 1

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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!

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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 ...

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