Delta SkyMiles Posts

Review: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class on the A340-600 from London to Dubai

Flying from Chicago to Dubai with a ~12 hour stop in London isn't the most efficient way to get there, but I got a good value out of some old Delta miles that we had and we enjoyed our layover in Windsor and our time at the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at Heathrow.

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Delta Introduces Fully-enclosed, Delta One Business Class Suites

I don't know if this announcement was made as a preemptive strike against the ME3 aviation giants (mainly Qatar) or if this was just in response to United's announcement about Polaris, but Delta really stole the show yesterday with their announcement of a brand new, fully-enclosed business class ...
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Trip Report: Korean Air A380 Business Class, Los Angeles to Seoul

Approximately 30 minutes prior to boarding time, I left the Korean Air SkyTeam Lounge and walked around the Tom Bradley International Terminal. I arrived at gate 156 with plenty of time to spare, took some pictures of the giant beast and hung out until boarding was called. For such a large ...
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This Delta SkyMiles Redemption Makes No Sense!

Delta has a new SkyMiles promotion out with awards as little as 5,000 miles each way. In some cases these discounted awards may make sense, but make sure you always compare the $ price versus the mileage price (easily toggled in upper right hand corner of the delta.com search results page). You may ...
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Delta Slashes Telephone Booking Fee and Business Class Award Prices

Times are good for U.S. airlines and times are especially good for Delta Air Lines, which continues to report surging profit. In this era of low oil prices and profitability, Delta is rolling back some of the odious fees levied when times were less optimistic...and also appears to have cut award ...

Delta Now Shows Only Four Award Booking Classes

Delta Air Lines removed award charts without notice last year, downplaying the need for them by insisting that delta.com would accurately price awards. That news foreshadowed more dynamic award pricing and an aggressive use of fare logic to price awards segments cumulatively rather than as what had ...
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Delta Airlines Changes Award Costs 10/1

Delta has once again changed award ticket prices, this time providing customers with a nine month warning before the business class award devaluation goes into effect on October 1, 2016. The only problem is, for travel booked after October 1, 2016, the new award levels will be assessed, meaning it ...

Don't Be Like Me And Screw Up A Korean Air Award Booking


Man, I really screwed the pooch on this one. I’m such an idiot and I hope that you guys can learn from my mistake. If you guys have been following along, then you know that I’m booked on the Vietnam Airlines A350 inaugural flight to Paris. Because Vietnam Airlines is a SkyTeam ...
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Reader Question: Airline Loyalty - Which to Choose

Here at UPGRD.com we get emails from readers and from time to time we publish them (edited by blogger for brevity and privacy).  This one is from reader VC:
I am a graduate student who has been doing some frequent budget travel to maintain a long distance relationship and have some ...
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Mileage Bonuses For Debit Cards Are Better Than Ever For Some

In case you haven't heard, there have been some recent setbacks in the world of mileage earning debit cards, but it's not all bad news.  In fact for many consumers it's better than it ever has been.  
For those pursuing credit card style earnings of one mile for $1 spent, the ...
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Goodbye to Sun Trust, Goodbye to Delta

For those of you who have been following my previous posts regarding debit cards, this is the most up-to-date post regarding the Sun Trust Delta Debit card.  If you are just researching this for the first time please check out previous articles (first post, second post, third post, fourth ...
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Special Report: Delta's Secret Skymiles Devaluation

When Delta Air Lines depublished its Skymiles award charts in February, we were told that we no longer needed charts because the online pricing system would tell us how many miles were required for any given trip. The problem was the system did not seem to be working correctly: trips were pricing ...
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Free Delta Silver Status + 5000 Bonus Miles (Targeted)


Delta Airlines is giving away free Silver Medallion elite status to targeted customers for two months to allow customers to sample the wonderful horrible world of Skymiles. The promotional offers customers two months of Silver Elite status for free. During the two months of promotional ...
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I'm Booked on the Vietnam Airlines Airbus A350 Inaugural Flight to Paris!

I'm so excited (and I just can't hide it)!!
I have never been on an inaugural anything much less an inaugural flight on a brand new aircraft! But I finally got my butt booked on one and I'm so excited about it! As you guys know, inaugural flights come in all different types and sizes. Some ...
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Delta Secretly Changes SkyMiles Terms and Conditions

With a series of radically customer-unfriendly moves, Delta Air Lines has become our favorite punching bag of late and the hits just keep on coming. Today, Delta updated the terms and conditions of the SkyMiles program to remove all reference to "award levels", substituting "award prices" instead. ...

Delta Air Lines Worldwide Skymiles Award Charts

Delta Air Lines pulled a fast one on us when it removed Skymiles award charts on Friday without notice, taking with it any accountability to passengers to its erratic online pricing engine and also striking at the very core of the loyalty program proposition, where charts served as a goal to ...

Comprehensive Redemption Guide for 2015 Delta SkyMiles Program

2015 has brought new and exciting changes to the way your redeem your Delta SkyMiles including a new five-tiered award chart and one-way awards at half the price of a round-trip tickets. Read on for more about these changes and details on how to maximize your Delta miles:
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Update on recent travels flying American

After a pretty miserable experience with United this year, after over 150,000 premier qualifying miles, I really didn't see the need to continue getting frustrated with their operational and many other issues.  As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I have decided to explore my options for domestic ...
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