Category Archive for 'Delta'

30% Off Delta Awards Between North America And Europe: Coach For 21K, Business For 43.5K Each Way!

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Update: As of today Delta has opened this sale to everyone!

Originally posted on 08/10:

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Delta is offering 30% off their level 1 awards to Europe for their elite members and for Delta AMEX cardholders for travel between 11/01/15-02/28/16.

For now it’s an unpublished sale, but I checked winter dates from JFK to Amsterdam, London, and Paris, and availability was surprisingly good.

Of course Delta doesn’t even tell you what level 1 in supposed to cost anymore, but that’s why I saved their award charts before they deleted them. Level 1 coach is normally 30K but is 21K with the sale. Level 1 business is normally 62.5K but is 43.5K with the sale.

You’ll need to login to view the discounted rates.  DDF member “yuguy” reports that he closed his Platinum Delta card several weeks ago but is still able to book with the 30% off.

The sale is valid on one-ways in either direction. But it’s definitely worth noting that Delta charges a fuel surcharge for awards that originate in Europe.  Therefore if you are flying from North America to Europe you’ll want to book as a round-trip. If you are flying from Europe to North America you’ll want to book travel as one-ways to take advantage of the lack of fuel surcharges for the return.

It’s always easier to search for one-way availability and then book it as a round-trip.

JFK-London nonstop one-way in coach for 21K:

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HT: yuguy, via DDF and Rene

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Is This The Beginning Of The End? Delta Introducing Dynamic Award Pricing For Travel From 06/01/16

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

The beauty of miles has long been the lack of correlation between mileage cost and cash cost. That has meant that a last minute coach ticket that would cost $2,000 cash can cost just 9,000 miles.  A $15,000 first class suite can cost just 57,000 miles. They’re practical and aspirational to collect and use. And that’s been a boon to airlines, banks, and consumers all at the same time.

Delta’s miles (aka Skypesos) have long been among the least valuable in the industry. Then Delta hid their award charts earlier this year.

And now this,

“We know your miles are important, so we want to provide the most notice possible regarding Award price changes. For travel on or after June 1, 2016, the number of miles needed will change based on destination, demand and other considerations. But most Award prices will remain unchanged. To see the best availability and deals, search at least 21 days prior to departure and use our Award Calendar by selecting “flexible days” when searching for a flight.
Miles needed to upgrade will increase, and to provide greater access to these upgrades, we’ve expanded the eligible types of fares.”


I’m not even sure what they mean that “But most Award prices will remain unchanged.” They don’t even have a published award chart today and their award award chart already consists of 5 different levels!

To Delta’s credit, they have introduced awards starting at just 7.5K miles when booked 21 days in advance.

But the ballgame is changing. Delta clearly wants to put an end to outsized mileage redemption values, especially those within 21 days. Dynamic pricing will allow them to charge less for flights that cost less and more for flights that cost more. It’s a simple concept, but it eats away at the very value proposition of miles and can lead consumers to turn in their mileage cards for cashback cards.

Will Delta continue to allow partner redemptions within 21 days to be had at saver levels? It’s hard to say at this point.

We can hope this is just a one-off. But United loves copying Delta devaluations. We saw that when United copied Delta’s dreadful revenue based mileage earning scheme.

It’s hard to see United not copying Delta’s lead here. The only question is how far they’ll go.

My hope is that United is smart enough not to kill the golden goose and that they continue to have published saver award charts and that they continue to allow redemptions within 21 days.

If United introduces dynamic award levels for standard awards that won’t be the end of the world. But it will be a very sad day if they copy Delta here and delete their award charts for good in favor of dynamic pricing.

HT: yuguy, via DDF and MJ

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4 Delta Credit Cards With Limited Time 50K-60K Signup Bonuses!

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Update: Offer expired.

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American Express has released 4 limited time offers on Delta credit cards that are valid until June 30th.

1. Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express: 
-Earn 50,000 bonus miles after spending $2,000 in the first three months and a $50 statement credit after making a Delta purchase in the first three months.
-$0 intro annual fee, then $95.
-This offer is available to first-time Gold Delta applicants only.

2. Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express
-Earn 60,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles after spending $2,000 in the first three months and a $100 statement credit after making a Delta purchase in the first three months.
-If you spend $25,000 in a calendar year you’ll receive an additional 10,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles. If you spend $50,000 in a calendar year you’ll receive an additional 10,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles.
-This card includes an annual Companion Certificate that is valid for a round-trip Economy Class Companion ticket with the payment of applicable taxes and fees within the 48 contiguous United States. Residents of Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico or the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) must originate from there to the 48 contiguous United States and have an address on their SkyMiles account in Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico or the USVI.
-$195 annual fee.
-This offer is available to first-time Platinum Delta applicants only.

3. Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express:
-Earn 50,000 bonus miles after spending $2,000 in the first three months and a $50 statement credit after making a Delta purchase in the first three months.
-Eligible for Open Savings rebates on purchases from Fedex, HP, Hertz, Hyatt, and more.
-$0 intro annual fee, then $95.
-This offer is only available if you haven’t had the Gold Delta Business card within the past 12 months.

4. Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express
-Earn 60,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles after spending $2,000 in the first three months and a $100 statement credit after making a Delta purchase in the first three months.
-If you spend $25,000 in a calendar year you’ll receive an additional 10,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles. If you spend $50,000 in a calendar year you’ll receive an additional 10,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles.
-This card includes an annual Companion Certificate that is valid for a round-trip Economy Class Companion ticket with the payment of applicable taxes and fees within the 48 contiguous United States. Residents of Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico or the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) must originate from there to the 48 contiguous United States and have an address on their SkyMiles account in Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico or the USVI.
-$195 annual fee.
-This offer is only available if you haven’t had the Platinum Delta Business card within the past 12 months.

-There are several huge advantages that business cards have over consumer cards as you can read here.  You may already have a business that needs a card to keep track of expenses. For example if your name is Joe Smith and you sell items online, or if you have any other side business and want a credit card to better keep track of business expenditures you can just open a business credit card for “Joe Smith Sole Proprietorship” as the business name. You don’t need to file any messy government paperwork to be allowed to do that.
Just be sure to select “Sole Proprietorship” as the business type and just use your social security number in the Tax Identification Number field as well as in the social security number field.

AMEX business cards don’t report your spending on your personal credit report. On personal cards if you spend money on your card your credit score will be hurt even if you pay your bill on time. A whopping 30% of your credit score is based on credit utilization. You can pay off your card before your statement is generated to avoid that, but that takes effort and laying out money well before you have to. Additionally it’s good to have the statement close with a few dollars to show the card is active and being paid every month.

On a business card it’s just not reported, so you can wait until the money is due without it having a negative effect on your score. Plus if you close a business card it won’t ever have an effect on your score.

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All 4 Delta cards:

-Offer a free checked bag for the primary cardholder and up to 8 companions on the same reservation.
-Have no foreign transaction fees.
-Offer Zone 1 Priority Boarding on Delta flights for the primary cardholder and up to 8 companions on the same reservation so that you won’t have to gate-check your carry-ons.
-Offer 2 Delta miles per dollar on flight purchases from Delta.
-Offer a 20% savings in the form of a statement credit on eligible pre-purchased meals, in-flight purchases of food,alcoholic beverages and audio headsets, and movies, shows and video games accessed via Delta’s seatback in-flight entertainment system, on Delta-operated flights.
-Waive the Medallion Qualification Dollar requirement to reach Medallion status if you spend $25,000 on the cards in that calendar year. Eligible Purchases will be combined across multiple Delta cards of the primary cardholder if those accounts are linked to the same SkyMiles number.
-Offer $29 per person discounted SkyClub lounge access for the cardmember and up to 2 guests.
-Offer return protection that allows you to return items to AMEX for a full refund when a store won’t take an item back within 90 days of the date of purchase, up to $300 per item and $1,000 per card per calendar year. If AMEX requests that the item be returned they will provide a free shipping label, though in most people’s experience you don’t typically have to actually send the item back for a refund.
-Offer AMEX protections like purchase protection, extended warranty, dispute resolution, CDW car rental insurance, and more.
-Offer free Shoprunner membership.
-Offer free additional cardholders (up to 99 per account). Additional cardholders are each eligible for American promotions like Small Business Saturday, Twitter offers, etc.

Delta’s miles aren’t my favorite, but they do have limited uses.  They started allowing one-way award redemptions, and the online award flexible calendar is a big improvement over the previous calendar.

They got rid of their award charts, though I saved screenshots of them here.

The best use of their miles is an aspirational one, a 160K round-trip lie-flat business class award to Australia on Virgin America, one of the easier business class award that you can snag when heading down under.

If you actually want to collect Delta miles you’ll do better spending on the  Starwood Consumer AMEX or the Starwood Business AMEX as 20,000 Starpoints transfers into 25,000 miles on dozens of airlines, including Delta or Delta partners like Air France and Alaska.

Or you can earn 1.5 miles per dollar (transferable to Delta) everywhere by making 30 transactions per month with The Amex EveryDay Preferred Credit Card from American Express. Purchases like gas, Uber, and groceries will earn 3 or 4.5 miles per dollar.

The Amex EveryDay Credit Card from American Express has no annual fee and earns 1.2 miles per dollar (transferable to Delta) by making 20 transactions per month. Purchases like gas, Uber, and groceries will earn 2.4 or 3 miles per dollar.

The exception to that is for purchases on Delta which earn double miles and for purchases on the Platinum Delta card if you can hit the $25K or $50K spend threshold bonuses.

Additionally if you are gunning for Delta medallion status then spending $25,000 on Delta cards in a year will waive the requirement to spend a minimum amount on Delta flights to earn that status ($3,000 for Silver, $6,000 for Gold, $9,000 for Platinum, and $15,000 for Diamond if you don’t spend $25K in a year across all of your Delta cards).

But the cards are great for the signup bonus and benefits that they come with for both Delta Medallions and non-Medallions alike.

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Delta: Fly Nonstop Between NYC And Miami For $138 Round-Trip

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

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Earn 3 points per dollar on airfare with the American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card.  Get free checked baggage with the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express or the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card from American Express (you don’t have to use the Delta card to get free bags)
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Limited seats are available and valid dates below will sell out. Always search for 1 seat and then work your way up to the number of seats you need in order to book as many seats on sale as you can.

Bookable on Priceline. Priceline tickets are refundable until 11:29pm ET the day after purchase.

-$138 fare is valid in either direction between JFK or LGA and Miami.
-Not valid for one-way travel.
-Maximum stay is 30 days.

Below is a list of all of the valid sale dates as of the time of this post.

Valid NYC-MIA $138 dates:
April 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28,

Valid MIA-NYC $138 dates:
April 1, 2, 8, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28

Valid NYC-MIA $147 dates:
March 18, 21, 24
April 11, 18, 25, 29

Valid MIA-NYC $147 dates:
March 25, 26

Valid NYC-MIA $156 dates:
March 19, 23
April 13
May 2, 5, 6, 9, 12, 16, 19, 20, 27, 30
June 2, 3

Valid MIA-NYC $156 dates:
May 2, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 16, 19, 20, 23, 27, 30
June 2, 3, 6

HT: dealsfan, via DDF

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Fly Nonstop From JFK To Honolulu For Just 25K Chase/Korean Points! Plus: Links To Everything You Need To Know About Hawaii

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Delta operates a seasonal nonstop flight between JFK and Honolulu during December/January and there’s a surprising amount of saver award space given Delta’s stinginess with saver awards.

It would cost 45K Delta miles for a round-trip flight, however Skyteam partner Korean only charges 25K Korean Skypass miles for the same round-trip flight, a veritable bargain for an $800 flight.  Korean also charges just 45K miles in first class, but there isn’t any availability in first.

Of course partner airlines can only book saver award (level 1) availability and Delta pulled all of the award charts from their site. However you can find saved copies of Delta’s award charts in this post and they confirm that level 1 award space between the US and Hawaii is 22.5K miles each way, so any date that shows 22.5K will be bookable by partner airlines as well.

I’ll do the homework for you:
From JFK to Honolulu every date from January 4-January 16 has at least 9 saver award seats besides for January 11.
From Honolulu to JFK there are at least 9 saver awards seats on December 21 as well as every date from January 12-16.

I called Korean at 800-438-5000 to confirm that they saw the same award availability. The first agent insisted on having the Skypass team call me back within 24 hours and that there was no way to talk to a Skypass agent today. So I HUCAd and the 2nd agent wanted to do the same but I insisted on waiting for a Skypass agent (“it will be a long hold time sir”) and within 30 seconds an agent confirmed that they did see the award space and that it was just 25,000 miles round-trip.

Korean doesn’t just have bargain awards to Hawaii on Delta, they also have great deals on Hawaiian and Alaska as well from 30K miles round-trip.  Hawaiian also operates a year-round nonstop from JFK to Honolulu. You can search both Alaska and Hawaiian award space on AA.com where there is a button to toggle after searching for an award to show nonstop flights only.

Points from Chase cards like the Sapphire Preferred and Ink Plus (which currently has a 60K signup bonus offer) transfer instantly to Korean. To signup for credit card offers such as those you can click here to view links for all card offer types.  After clicking on travel or on business credit card offers just scroll through the pages until you find the card offer.

Want to read more about Hawaii?  My love affair with Hawaii started exactly 9 years ago when I posted and grabbed a deal paying just $87 for airfare and hotel.  Since then I’ve been lucky enough to spend several months between the stunning islands, which each offer a unique and wonderful experience.  You can’t go wrong with any of them, there are just 2 things is to be careful of.

1. Don’t get stuck in Honolulu. I’ve heard from too many people who spent an entire week and never left the city limits.  That’s just a shame, they may as well have gone to Miami Beach.  While I prefer The Big Island, Kauai, and Maui to Oahu, there is still plenty to see and experience on Oahu as long as you leave Honolulu behind.
2. Don’t try to “do” several islands in a week. If you just have 4-7 days of vacation then you should stick to one island. There will be plenty to do to keep you busy and it will allow for some time to relax. There’s no need to add the stress of interisland travel just for the sake of “doing” another island. With 9 days or more to play with, it does make sense to experience more than 1 island.

As for which island is best, read on and decide for yourself!  If you ask 5 people you’ll probably get 6 different answers 😀

DansMeals: Hawaii For The Kosher Traveler:
Part 1: General Info And The Island Of Oahu
Part 2: The Big Island of Hawaii
Part 3: Maui
Part 4: Kauai

Trip reports and posts on Hawaii:
-Trip Notes: Maui No Ka ‘Oi (2014)
-Trip Notes Kauai: Heaven On Earth (2014)
-The Hawaiian Islands. (2011)
-Traveling To Hawaii…With A 5 Month Old (2011)
-View From The Room (2011)
-Pearl Harbor…70 Years (2011)
-Shaloha! (2011)
-Hawaii Trip Notes: Kauai (2009)
-Hawaii Trip Notes: Oahu (2009)

DDF forum threads:
Hawaii Master Thread: General Questions And Which Island To Visit?
Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
-Kauai Master Thread
-Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau, Hawaii Master Thread
Maui Master Thread
-Oahu Master Thread
-Links to trip reports from other DDF members.

HT: EJB, via DDF

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Screenshots Of All 34 Delta Award Charts That They Don’t Want You To See

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Over the weekend Delta decided to take down all of their award charts from their website. You now need to search for a flight in order to view the mileage cost.

Delta’s Twitter minions state,

“Delta will no longer publish Award travel charts. With the launch of the all-new Award calendar, it’s now easier than ever to search for and see prices for Awards online. The expanded search capabilities and calendar at delta.com offer a flexible, easier-to-read and more accurate view of Award prices. When booking a flight, you also may quickly compare its price in miles or money. Additionally, the introduction of Miles + Cash and One-Way Awards offer even more flexibility in booking Award Travel. To learn more about Award Travel, please visit delta.com/usemiles”

Other airlines have award calendars and still manage to maintain an award chart.  For whatever reason Delta doesn’t want people to know what the awards should cost. Or they want to be able to change award prices as they please without having to update their charts.

Off the top of my head the only other airline that doesn’t publish a full award chart is Delta’s Skyteam partner Air France/KLM flying Blue.

Of course the Delta online award calendar won’t help you for their numerous partners that can’t be booked online. I guess they expect you to call to find out those rates now.

And the award calendar won’t tell you if you’re getting a good deal.  With the award charts you know to aim for level 1 or level 2 pricing.  Without charts you’re just redeeming in the dark. Which is apparently their goal.

At any rate I’ve saved a copy of every Delta award chart, you can find them all below as they appeared on Delta.com last week. Miles required are for one-way travel.

-Coach From US49/Canada
Business From US49/Canada

-Coach From Hawaii
Business From Hawaii

-Coach From Mexico
Business From Mexico

-Coach From Caribbean
Business From Caribbean
Countries: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, Saba, Saint Eustatius, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Maarten, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, and US Virgin Islands.

-Coach From Central America
Business From Central America
Countries: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

-Coach From Northern South America
Business From Northern South America
Countries: Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela.

-Coach From Southern South America
Business From Southern South America
Countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.

-Coach From Europe
Coach Within Europe
Business From Europe
Business Within Europe
Countries: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania; Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Svalbard and Jan Mayen Island, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Vatican City.

-Coach From Middle East
Business From Middle East
Countries: Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Yemen.

-Coach From Africa
Business From Africa
Countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Libyan Arab Jamahirija, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

-Coach From South Africa
Business From South Africa

-Coach From South Asian Subcontinent
Business From South Asian Subcontinent
Countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, British Indian Ocean Territory, India, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

-Coach From North Asia
Coach Within North Asia
Business From North Asia
Business Within North Asia
Countries: China, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of), Korea (Republic of), Micronesia, Philippines, Taiwan, Russia (East of the Ural Mountains), Guam and Saipan.

-Coach From Southeast Asia
Business From Southeast Asia
Countries: Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Macau SAR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan and Vietnam.

-Coach From Southwest Pacific
Business From Southwest Pacific
Countries: American Samoa, Australia, Christmas Islands, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Norfolk Island, Pitcairn, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tongo, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna Islands.

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HURRY! Unprecedented Coach And Business Class Saver Award Availability On Select Delta Partner Routes Now Bookable With Delta Miles!

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Delta Skymiles have long been derided as Skypesos for their exorbitant award rates and lack of saver award availability.

A week ago they started finally allowing one-way award redemptions, though that came at the expense of a free stopover.

If you act quickly Delta.com is showing impossible amounts of saver award space on some partner routes. And people are reporting that it is ticketing properly.

Take the JFK to London route for example.  Delta is partners with Virgin Atlantic, which flies an excellent business class product on the route, and has top-notch lounges with kosher meals available in the lounge as well.

I did a search for 9 seats in peak summer travel time. Under any normal circumstances there would be nothing available for that many seats on a single flight.  But check this out…

 

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Almost every single day has 9 seats available in business saver class on Virgin Atlantic.

The best way to search is to use this advanced search form and set it up as shown here:

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It’s not just business class either. A search for 9 coach seats from JFK to London:

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Note that one-way flights from Europe do have a fuel surcharge, so you’ll want to book flights to Europe as a round-trip.  It’s just easier to initially search for a one-way trip.

Here’s a search for 4 seats in business class on a nonstop flight from Los Angeles to Sydney.  Nearly every date came back as bookable on Virgin Australia:

 

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A search for 9 seats from Paris to Johannesburg in business class, nonstop on Air France:

 

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New York to Paris isn’t showing availability every day like this, but still this is great availability for 2 business class seats from JFK to Johannesburg via Paris. Just be sure to switch from nonstop to all flights.

 

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Here is a search for 9 business class seats nonstop from JFK to Seoul on Korean:

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And a search for 4 seats from JFK to Hong Kong in business class on Korean via Seoul. Be sure to switch from nonstop to all flights:

 

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You can earn Delta miles on the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express and you can transfer AMEX points instantly to Delta at a 1:1 ratio from credit cards like The Amex EveryDay Preferred Credit Card from American Express and The Amex EveryDay Credit Card from American Express. You can also earn Membership Rewards points from charge cards like the American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card and The Platinum Card® from American Express.

You can also transfer points from the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express at a 20K:25K ratio, but those transfers can take a few days.

Delta miles never expire and they have no close-in expedite fee.

Post what other routes you find with incredible award availability!

HT: Moishebatchy via DDF and DCTA

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Delta 2015 SkyMiles Program Now Live

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Delta’s 2015 program is now live. What does that mean for you?

1. You can now book one-way awards, though you can no longer take a free stopover.  That’s the same policy as American.

For now United still allows stopovers on round-trip awards, but I can’t see that lasting for long.  USAirways also allows for free stopovers, though that program will end in the 2nd quarter of this year.

2. New Delta award charts with 5 levels of pricing are in effect.

For example for JFK to Tel Aviv a one-way coach award can now run 40K, 50K, 62.5K, 75K, or 85K.

A domestic one-way coach award can run 12.5K, 17.5K, 20K, 25K, or 32.5K.

3. Unless you are flying on very expensive tickets, you will earn a small fraction of the miles that you used to earn thanks to revenue based mileage earning instead of distance based mileage earning.

United will match this change in March.

4. The best way to search for Delta award space is to search for a one-way flight with flexible dates using miles:

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Then you can expand the flex search to 5 weeks and you can limit it to nonstop flights if you so desire.

Although you can select between Delta flights or Delta+partner flights it’s worth noting that most Delta partner award flights can only be booked over the phone.

Here is a 5 week view of nonstop one-way awards from JFK to Tel Aviv:

 

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1 Year Anniversary Of The Delta Glitch; Read The Backstory, Share Your Experience!

Friday, December 26th, 2014

Related posts:
10 Years Of Deals! What Were Your Favorites?
10 Years Of Travel And Deal Blogging And A Return To Where It All Began

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On December 25th, 2013 I flew on the red-eye to Cleveland after giving a DansDeals Seminar in LA.

Fighting the urge to sleep on the morning of the 26th I posted a roundup of ending deals at 10am and a killer deal on Twizzlers at 10:39am.

And just before dozing off “Proisrael” made a post on DDF at 10:59am about cheap flights from Newark to Los Angeles.

Only it was much more than that. It was $25 flights to Florida, $42 flights to LA, and $82 fights to Hawaii. And they were all bookable in first class.

A blogger made a post wondering why 14,000 people had searched for JFK-LAX tickets that morning…well 47,000 clicks went through DansDeals that morning to Priceline alone and most of DansDeals traffic originates from those 2 cities…

Thousands of DansDeals readers booked vacations on the cheap. However many sat in limbo and sites like Orbitz and Priceline didn’t issue ticket numbers to most people.

Delta then went above and beyond what they had to do by honoring thousands of reservations that were unconfirmed.  Only confirmed tickets have to be honored, but out of an abundance of goodwill Delta decided to honor everyone’s reservations.  They even allowed people who missed their flight to reschedule for up to a year later!

Hilarity ensued on social media.

Pictures, videos, and stories of delayed flights due to strollers followed.

DDF member “lawboy” may have had the best luck of all.

Then again DDF legend “Something Fishy” can definitely give him a run for his money with his mind-blowing story of his first class trip to Hawaii. If you don’t follow Something Fishy’s trip reports on DDF you should. His awe-inspiring photography will leave you itching to replicate his trips.  You can find them linked to in this DDF Wiki that keeps track of trip reports posted on DDF.  And that awesome wiki is maintained by none other than Something Fishy 😀

The glitch destroyed our servers which finally prompted moving DansDeals to AWS, which has been stable during the price glitches that have gone viral in 2014.

Before the 08/06/12 El Al glitch there were less than 5,000 people who followed @DansDeals on Twitter.  On 12/26/13 before the Delta glitch there were 21,700 followers. Today you can join the 44,300+ people who follow @DansDeals on twitter and you’ll get a tweet when a deal is posted on DansDeals.com!
You can even have Twitter send you a text message whenever a new deal is posted.

Where did you go and what exciting things happened on your trip? Hit the comments!

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American Express PRG And Delta Downgrades; A Possible Delta Workaround?

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Update: Delta has wisely decided that they will not implement a limit on points transfers from any program into Delta miles.

There’s no longer going to be a need to resort to the various workarounds described in this post 😀

Now if only they would do an about-face on their decision to no longer award miles for the distance of flights flown next year…

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Originally posted on 10/01:

American Express is a DansDeals.com advertiser.

1. Effective 01/01/15 the American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card will no longer give a 15K point bonus for spending $30,000 in a year.  It will still give 3 points per dollar spent on airfare and 2 points per dollar spent on gas and groceries.

Annual spend threshold bonuses seem to be a dying breed.  One of the few remaining cards that have an annual spend threshold bonus is the Chase United Explorer card which gives a 10K point bonus for spending $25K in a year.

2. Effective 01/01/15 you will only be able to receive 250K Delta Skymiles per Delta account from Membership Rewards per calendar year.

Additionally you will only be able to spend out 250K points per Membership Rewards account to any number of Delta accounts.

This is a Delta imposed limitation.

In AMEX’s words,

“Beginning January 1, 2015, the maximum number of Membership Rewards® points you will be able to transfer out of a single Membership Rewards account to one or more SkyMiles accounts will be limited to 250,000 points per calendar year. Additionally, the maximum number of Membership Rewards points you will be able to transfer into a single SkyMiles account will also be limited to 250,000 points per calendar year.

You are able to transfer Membership Rewards points to a SkyMiles account without any annual limitations through December 31, 2014″
Workaround?  You are able to request that different American Express cards accumulate points in their own Membership Rewards account. It seems like that should function as a workaround to transferring out more points to Delta as AMEX clearly states that the 250K limit is just from a single Membership Rewards account.
You can also freely transfer points between each of your Membership Rewards accounts so that each of your Membership Rewards eligible cards can transfer 250K points to Delta annually.

While your personal Delta account would only be able to receive 250K points per year, you can add a spouse or child as an additional user for example and transfer points to their Delta accounts. From there you can book award travel for anyone.

Delta is the only major US airline in the Membership Rewards program, so this is definitely a downgrade.  It’s worth noting that Delta will allow one-way awards starting 01/01/15, so that will help things a bit.

Either way Delta is one of the weaker partners in the Membership Rewards program and their miles are far less valuable than American or United miles.  Plus Membership Rewards charges a fee to transfer points to domestic programs like Delta.

Other international Membership Rewards partners offer a better value. For example:

Air France can book one-way travel on Delta today and their rates are often less.  A round-trip to Israel is just 50K Air France miles and if you find Delta saver availability there are no fuel surcharges.

-A round-trip to Israel using Alitalia miles is just 80K in business class and fuel surcharges are relatively mild at about $300.

British Airways Avios offers free travel starting at just 4,500 Avios.  Flights to Europe or Hawaii start at just 12.5K Avios each way with no fuel surcharges on select airlines.

Air Canada has several award sweet spots. You need just 45K miles to fly to Europe each way in business class and many airlines have no fuel surcharges.

El Al will soon be the only good way to book travel on El Al starting 11/01.

ANA offers 38K round-trip tickets from NYC to London and 60K round-trip tickets to Israel with no fuel surcharges on United.  Or fly from NYC to the Caribbean or Central America for just 22K miles with no fuel surcharges.

Singapore offers a private suite from JFK to Europe for just 57K miles. They also offer good rates to other destinations that United flies to with no fuel surcharges.

So there are plenty of other good options.  Frankly the move is a bit surprising.  AMEX pays cold hard cash for mileage transfers to Delta. A couple of years ago when AMEX points used to transfer to Continental, Delta ran significant point transfer bonuses to get people to send their points to Delta over Continental.

However this isn’t the first chink in the AMEX-Delta relationship.  Earlier this year Delta stopped allowing people who have the Platinum Card® from American Express to bring guests into their lounges. AMEX is responding to harsher airline lounge rules by opening their own network of premium airport Centurion lounges with free access for Platinum cardholders and their family/guests. Those currently can be found domestically in Dallas, Las Vegas, and NYC/LaGuardia. International locations include Buenes Aires, Delhi, Mexico City, Mumbai, and Sao Paulo.  Centurion lounges in Miami, San Francisco, and other domestic airports will open soon. Plus you can bring in your family/guests for free into Airspace lounges which can be found in Baltimore, Cleveland, NYC/JFK, and San Diego. The card also gives a Priorty Club lounge membership, a $200 annual airline fee credit, and SPG Gold status.

Of course you can still earn unlimited amounts of Delta miles on a card like the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express. which is what Delta wants you to do (though I’m not sure why you would want to). However you would earn 25% more miles by spending on the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express and transferring points to Delta.  Unless a limit on Starwood transfers is in the cards as well?

Cards like The Amex EveryDay Credit Card from American Express and The Amex EveryDay Preferred Credit Card from American Express offer the ability to earn 20% or 50% more miles everywhere in addition to up to 450% more miles in selected categories. And they can also each be assigned their own Membership Rewards account number, which should work to transfer more points out to Delta.  Note that the Everyday cards are credit cards and AMEX limits you to 4 credit cards per person.  Card like the Gold and Platinum are charge cards which don’t count towards that limit.

HT: miles, via DDF and Gary.

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Delta Improves Flexible Award Calendar Search!

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Delta.com’s award search calendar has long been worthless.  It had a color coded flexible search option, but it was wrong more often than it was right.

Now they have finally fixed it and it displays the actual mileage rate. Plus when making a flexible search you can choose from flexible days or a 5 week calendar as you can see below in this first class award search from Los Angeles to Sydney:

 

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Switching from flexible days to 5 weeks pulls up this handy calendar:

 

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And in no time you can find a business class flight to Sydney on Virgin Australia for 160,000 Delta miles, one of the best uses of Delta miles:

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You can even take a free stopover in Tahiti along the way to explore the islands of Moorea and Bora Bora.  But unfortunately Delta international stopovers must be booked over the phone.

It’s good to see Delta finally working to improve their dreadful mileage redemption experience.  Alas, it comes on the heels of Delta limiting how many points you can transfer to Skymiles from partners like AMEX and Starwood effective 01/01/15.

However the new policy has rather large loopholes, which I discussed in this post.

HT: miles, via DDF

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Delta Clarifies New Partner Transfer Limits, Workarounds Exist For Starwood And Membership Rewards Transfers

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Earlier today I covered a couple of American Express downgrades. 

Here are some clarifications from Delta:

1. The change is being made by Delta. “We are increasing the value of miles and reducing the demand for Award Tickets. This in turn will increase the number of lower-priced Awards available to Delta SkyMiles members, especially for our most loyal members who earn the majority of their miles through the SkyMiles program.”

2. The change will apply to all Delta transfer partners. That includes the big 2, Starwood and AMEX Membership Rewards. For Starwood the limit will actually be 200K Starpoints as 200K Starpoints converts into 250K Skymiles.

3. You will be able to receive up to 250K per calendar year from each Delta partner.

4. The 250K limit goes into effect 01/01/15 for all partners. While the original transfer date is used, don’t wait until 12/31 to make a transfer in case they get counted in 2015.

5. The partner loyalty account can only transfer 250K miles per year to Delta, period. It doesn’t matter whether you transfer to one or multiple Delta accounts, the 250K total limit applies.

6. Limits don’t apply to Delta AMEX cards.

As I said in the last post, I still see several workarounds here.

-For Starwood you can transfer Starpoints to other Starwood accounts located in your household. They don’t need a Starwood credit card, anyone can open a free account on SPG.com. While your personal Delta account would only be able to receive 250K points per year, you can transfer Starpoints from your account to a household member’s account and from there to their Delta account. From their Delta account you can book award travel for anyone.

-For Membership Rewards you can have multiple eligible credit cards and you can request that different American Express cards accumulate points in their own Membership Rewards account. You can also freely transfer points between each of your Membership Rewards accounts so that each of your Membership Rewards eligible cards can transfer 250K points to Delta annually. While your personal Delta account would only be able to receive 250K points per year, you can add a spouse or child as an additional user on your credit card account and transfer points to their Delta accounts. From their Delta account you can book award travel for anyone.

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Excellent Delta Business Class Award Availability To Tel Aviv

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Update: Many of the dates have been snapped up, I’ve updated the available dates below.
In the good news department, it seems that only Alitalia’s night staff is incompetent. I made 3 phone calls to them 2 nights ago when I posted this and they weren’t able to see the award space.

Today a DDF’er reported that he was able to book this morning via Alitalia for just 80,000 miles round-trip in business class as per my suggestion in this post. Unlike when booking with Delta or Flying Blue, they do tack on a $275 fuel surcharge (plus $46 in taxes that everyone charges=$321), but that’s well worthwhile considering the mileage savings.
Note that Alitalia allows free date changes but they do not allow award cancellations.

I just called Alitalia myself a few minutes ago and the rep also had no issue seeing the award space.
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Originally posted on 04/01:

Delta typically is very stingy with business class award seats, especially so to Tel Aviv.  They have 3 levels of award prices and often flights to Tel Aviv are at the highest level or not even available at all. Hence the name, Skypesos.

Currently though there are a surprising number of saver award dates available.

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Delta offers the best business class from NYC to Tel Aviv with lie-flat seating and direct aisle access for all passengers.

-You can book a one-way for 62,500 Air France Flying Blue miles or a round-trip for 125,000 miles. Points transfer instantly from American Express Membership Rewards. You can also transfer from Starwood with a 25% bonus, though those points aren’t instant.  There are no fuel surcharges for Delta flights.
-You can book a round-trip for 140,000 Delta miles. Delta does not allow for one-way award redemption. Points transfer instantly from American Express Membership Rewards. You can also transfer from Starwood with a 25% bonus, though those points aren’t instant. There are no fuel surcharges.
-You can book a round-trip for 120,000 Virgin Atlantic miles. Points transfer instantly from American Express Membership Rewards and from Chase Ultimate Rewards. You can also transfer from Starwood with a 25% bonus, though those points aren’t instant. There are no fuel surcharges.
-You can book a round-trip using 120,000 Korean miles, though that would have to be booked over the phone. Points transfer instantly from Chase Ultimate Rewards.
-You can theoretically book an round-trip for just 80,000 Alitalia miles, though in several test calls their agents were too incompetent to search Delta award flight availability. Points transfer instantly from American Express Membership Rewards but call them first to see if they can book it for you. You can also transfer from Starwood with a 25% bonus, though those points aren’t instant. A $275 fuel surcharge will be added.

Saver award dates from JFK-TLV in business class:
April: 1
July: 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 30
November: 26, 27, 30
December: 7, 8, 9, 10, 27, 28, and 29.
January 2015: 3, 4, 5, 6, 13, 19, 21, 22, 27, 28, and 29
February 2015: 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 18, 19, and 26.

Saver award dates from TLV-JFK in business class:
July: 2
November: 26
December: 8, 9, 11, 17, 20, and 24.
January 2015: 17,
February 2015: 5, 10, 11, and 12. 14

Even if you can’t book a round-trip with this, you can still book a one-way via Air France and book a return trip with miles from another airline that allows for one-way redemption like American (partners with El Al and USAirways) and United (partners with Air Canada and several European carriers that also fly to Tel Aviv).

HT: ilherman, via DDF

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Delta SkyPesos To Become Even More Irrelevant, But What Does It Mean For Better Programs?

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Update 2, 03/06: In the face of harsh criticism Delta has released the 5 level 2015 award chart. It’s applicable for flights booked starting 01/01/15.

It’s pretty much as expected with a new tier added in between each of current 3 levels.
Theoretically tickets to Israel get cheaper with level 1 going down from 85K to 80K. However when there is level 1 availability you can also just use 50K Air France Flying Blue miles to book that same Delta flight with no fuel surcharges, so no bargain there.

In my opinion it’s all pretty meaningless until we see the distribution of seats. Considering how scarce saver awards are now with Delta in a 3 level program I can’t imagine that there will be much available at level 1 pricing come 2015.

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Update: Delta.com now has the full details of the upcoming changes (though they say that the new award charts won’t be published until the end of this year :roll: ).

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Originally posted on 02/26:

The WSJ is reporting that effective 01/01/15 Delta will completely revamp their SkyMiles program.

Delta has already been known for having a complicated 3-tier redemption system with little availability at the bottom tier.  Coupled with frequent devaluations made without prior announcement, the term “SkyPesos” came to stick.

Now they’re planning on changing the whole game.

Effective 01/01/15 you will earn miles based on how much you paid for your airfare. You will no longer earn miles based on the distance flown.  A non-elite will earn 5 miles per dollar spent, Silvers will get 7, Gold 8, Platinums 9, and Diamonds 11.

Currently a non-elite flying round-trip between JFK and Los Angeles on a $300 base fare ticket earns 4,950 miles.  Come 2015 and that flight will earn a paltry 1,500 miles.  A gold elite currently earns 9,900 miles but come 2015 and they will earn just 2,400 miles.

On the redemption side there will now be an even more complicated 5 tiers of awards for them to try to more closely align the mileage cost with the cost of the flight.  The only giveback is that Delta will finally allow one-way awards for half the miles of a round-trip.

So you’ll earn fewer miles from flights and redemptions will cost more.

Considering how poor of a value Delta miles offered until now this isn’t really such a loss, it’s just a bad program becoming really bad.

The real and far more pressing question will be if American and United will match.

Sure they can theoretically line their pockets even more by copying this, but at what cost?  If only 1 of them match then frequent flyer junkies will flock to the other.  If they both match do they really expect people to keep accumulating miles via credit card spend when they’ll be able to do better with a 2.2% cash back card?

I think what might happen is that we see American and/or United match just the earning aspect, tying the flight mileage earned to money spent.

But I think they may be smart enough to realize that by tinkering with the redemption side to add several tiers will kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.  They make billions of dollars annually selling miles to partners and if the lure of redeeming miles goes away so may those revenues.   American and United never did match Delta’s ugly 3-tier system, so perhaps a 5 tier system won’t in the cards for them either?

Will other international programs match this? Will you still be able to accumulate Delta flight miles by crediting flights to those programs? Will you still be able to credit Delta to Alaska miles?

This raises lots of questions. I guess for now we’ll just have to wait and see.

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Where Will You Be Crediting The Miles From Your Delta Flights To?

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Delta’s Skymiles program is awful enough to be known as Skypesos.  The Delta Credit Card is useful for free baggage for up to 9 passengers but you don’t want to use that card for general spending as there are much better programs out there to accumulate miles in.

But just because you’re flying Delta doesn’t mean you have to accumulate the miles earned from your Delta flight by them.

You can call Delta to earn miles for your ticket in any of their partner programs such as:
-Alaska has an excellent mileage program that allows you to redeem miles on a plethora of top-notch OneWorld and Skyteam airlines. Alaska miles won’t expire as long as you have any activity every 18 months.  They are a transfer partner with Starwood.  You can even credit miles earned from other partner flights like American to Alaska!
-Korean also has a great mileage program which allows really cheap award redemptions to Alaska or Hawaii and they have the best lie-flat first class international award availability of perhaps any airline. Miles don’t expire for 10 years and they are transfer partners with Chase Ultimate Rewards.
-Air France/KLM Flying Blue has some nice redemptions like promo awards for 12.5K award tickets to Israel plus fuel surcharges or 25K award tickets on Delta to Israel with no fuel surcharges. And they allow one-way redemptions on Delta even though you can’t do that with Delta’s own miles. However miles expire after just 20 months unless you fly on a paid Skyteam flight and credit the miles to Flying Blue. They are transfer partners with both American Express Membership Rewards and Starwood.

The first thing you need to do is locate the fare class of your ticket which is a letter code next to every flight.

Then look at charts like the Delta accrual chart, the Alaska accrual chart for Delta flights, the Korean accrual chart for Delta flights, and the Flying Blue accrual chart for Delta flights.

Finally take a look at GCMap.com to see how many actual flight miles you will be flying.  For example if someone bought a round-trip ticket from JFK to Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii via Los Angeles he would be flying 9,958 miles.
Earning from that flight can be 0%, 25%, 50%, 75%, 100%, 125%, or 150% depending on the letter of the ticketing class.
A 25% earning would mean getting just 2,490 miles. A 150% earning would mean 14,937 miles.

For example I asked this question on DDF yesterday and DDF user jewdkoff has an outbound flight in S class and a return in V class. He has several options for each flight.
The S class outbound flight would earn full 100% mileage when credited to Delta or to partner airlines like Flying Blue, Alaska, or Korean.
However the V class return flight would earn 100% mileage when credited to Delta or Alaska, but just 25% when credited to Flying Blue and zilch if credited to Korean.

-DDF user aryeh1 had a Z class business flight.
If he credits that to Delta would get 150% of the actual miles flown while he would get 125% if credited to Alaska, Flying Blue, or Korean.

-DDF user 972sg212 was booked into C class outbound and T class on the return.
The C class business flight would get 150% of the actual miles when credited to Delta or Flying Blue or 125% if credited to Alaska or Korean.
The T class return flight would earn 100% mileage when credited to Delta or Alaska, but just 25% to Flying Blue and zilch if credited to Korean.

-DDF user Tzadik Nistar had a Y class coach flight.
It would get 150% of the actual miles flown when credited to Delta or 100% if credited to Alaska, Flying Blue, or Korean.

Of course not all miles are created equally.  I would rather have 1.25 Alaska miles than 1.5 Delta miles, so weigh your options before you decide.

So, where will you be crediting your miles to?

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Flight Passed And Still Haven’t Gotten Through To Delta? You May Be In Luck!

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Related posts:
Original Delta Glitch Post
Delta Aftermath Part 1: Delta Honoring All Unconfirmed Tickets!
Delta Aftermath Part 2: Where Are You Going?
Are You Opening A Delta Card For Your Trip?

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Several people who tried faxing or calling Delta but weren’t able to complete their glitch tickets before their date of travel have had a really great outcome.

Delta has been allowing them to book travel anytime in 2014 as long as they go to the same place and stay for the same length of time as originally booked.  No name changes are allowed.

When someone first posted about this on DDF I thought it might be a one-off, but several others have emailed me as well.  Delta is really going above and beyond with this glitch.

If you haven’t yet been accommodated you should definitely give Delta a call.

Have you had a similar story? Let’s hear about in the comments!
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Are You Opening A Delta Card For Your Trip?

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Thousands upon thousands of folks have glitch tickets booked with Delta.  I’m not fan of Delta as they run a very stingy mileage program but I have to stand up applaud their class-act behavior in honoring glitch tickets even from people who weren’t ticketed this past Thursday.  They have gone above and beyond the call of duty and their agents have been working around the clock to make everyone happy.  So first off, kudos to Delta!

While I’m no fan of their Skypesos program, if you are traveling with your family it can definitely make sense to open the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express.

You get 30K miles for spending $1,000 in 3 months.  You’ll also get a $50 statement credit for making a Delta purchase. The annual fee is waived for the first year.

But perhaps the biggest benefit is that you’ll get a free bag for up to 8 people traveling with the primary cardholder. That’s a massive savings even on just a single family vacation.

You’ll also get priority boarding so that there will be space in the overhead for your carryons. Plus you get 20% off In-flight food, drink, headphone, TV, and movie discounts.

So it’s a nice card for the fringe benefits, but even if you collect Delta miles it’s not a good card for spending.  The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express is far superior as those points have better uses and they give a 25% bonus, so that 20K Starpoints can transfer into 25K Delta miles.  Though there are far better mileage currencies out there for you to transfer your Starpoints to rather than Delta.

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Delta: Fly Nonstop Between JFK And Seattle For $185.80 Round-Trip With Tax!

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Update: 08/21 at 1130am: DEAD!

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-Bookable on Orbitz with full mileage earning and free cancellations until 10pm CT the day after you book or directly from the airline.

– Earn 3 MR points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card, 3 MR points per dollar with The Business Gold Rewards Card® from American Express OPEN, or 2.14 UR points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

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This fare is valid on select dates between September and mid-December.
You must stay over a Saturday.

Sample dates:
09/02-09/09
09/26-09/29
10/01-10/06
10/09-10/13
10/27-11/03
11/04-11/10
11/14-11/18
12/04-12/08
12/08-12/15
12/12-12/16

HT sky121 via DDF and ryandc99 via FT

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Delta Allowing Free Changes To Nonstop Flights On Israel Glitch Tickets!

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Update #4, 1:45pm: Some people are still reporting success at switching while others are being denied.  Share your experience in the comments!

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Update #3, 12:30pm: Reports are now coming in that Delta is no longer switching people over to the nonstop flight. Post a comment with your experience and congrats to all those who were quick and got in on this deal.

As to why Delta would create a department to switch people to nonstops, leave a comment on DansDeals about who qualifies, switch over a ton of tickets, and then just pull the offer completely…I have absolutely no idea, but feel free to ask them and let us know!

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Update #2: A Delta representative has left the following comment below:
“Hi this is Russell from Delta. Please be aware that this offer only applies to customers traveling from Newark who purchased their tickets between Dec. 21-26. No date changes or other adjustments, such as upgrades, are possible. We are allowing eligible customers who are interested from Newark to change to our nonstop flight from JFK. It’s strictly voluntary, and no other compensation is being offered. If you did not purchase your ticket between these dates, we will not be able to offer this re-routing option to you. Also, the number posted on this blog is a special area with limited staffing. If only customers who are eligible will call, it will help us to serve them more quickly.”

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Update: The special department handling these changes (888-977-6186) has just closed for the day at 9pm.  They will reopen at 9am tomorrow.

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I posted  4  Delta  deals in late December for ticket to Israel starting from just $372 round-trip. Many flights were via Europe.

The culprit once again was a missing fuel surcharge.

Today Delta started calling passengers to get them to change to the nonstop Delta flight from JFK-TLV instead of flying on airlines like KLM via Amsterdam or Air France via Paris. 

This will not work for folks booked via Rome on Alitalia.

This is of course very reminiscent of the $336 El Al deal from August when they allowed people to upgrade to nonstop flights for $75 each way.

Except that Delta is doing it for free!

Nope, no word from folks who got in on the $376 Alitalia deal to Israel on eliminating their extra flight segments.

Apparently you don’t have to wait for them to call you. DDF members have had success getting moved to nonstop flights for free by calling them at 888-977-6186. If at first you don’t succeed just HUCA (Hang up, call again!).

And be sure to post the results in a comment!

See the DDF thread below for more discussion.

HT: Mordy788, via DDF
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HOT! Delta: Fly Chicago To Tel Aviv For Just $640.97 Round Trip With Tax!

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Update #3, 11/12: This deal is alive once again for $640.97 round-trip from Chicago or $709.77 from NYC with the workaround method below in Update #1!
HT: MEIR613, via DDF

Update #2, 11/10: Dead!

Update #1, 11/09: There is a sale right now from NYC to Chicago. You can book a one-way for $43.80 on Spirit (if you enjoy fees) or for $68.80 on Delta.
For example you can book a Delta ticket on 12/04 from LGA to Chicago for $68.80 and then book a separate ticket for Chicago-Tel Aviv from 12/04-12/12 or 12/04-12/18 for $640.97 for a total of $709.77. Delta will check your luggage all the way through to Tel Aviv.
Your flight to Israel would be via Chicago and JFK but the return would just be the nonstop in JFK as I explain below.
That’s a savings of over $450 per person compared to just flying nonstop from JFK both ways.

Thus a sample itinerary would be:
12/04, Delta 5941, LGA-ORD, 11:15 AM-12:57 PM
12/04, Delta 3371, ORD-JFK, 3:05 PM-6:22 PM
12/04, Delta 268, JFK-TLV, 9:10 PM-2:40 PM
12/18, Delta 269, TLV-JFK, 12:40 AM-5:45 AM
And you can throw away the final leg back to Chicago if you just want to get off in JFK, even if you have luggage.

Again, you do need to fly to Chicago to pick up the flight. If you miss the Chicago-JFK flight your entire itinerary will be canceled!

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-Bookable on Orbitz (with regular mileage earning, free cancellations until 11pm ET the day after you book, and price assurance refunds) or direct from the airline.

-Earn over 5 points per dollar with Chase Freedom (up to $1,500 per quarter with registration), or 3 points per dollar with American Express® Premier Rewards Gold Card, or 3 points per dollar with The Business Gold Rewards Card® from American Express OPEN, or 2.14 points per dollar with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

The flight is from Chicago to Tel Aviv via JFK and earns 12,835 Delta miles.

If you’re from NYC you can take a one-way flight to Chicago on American using 7,500 BA Avios or 12,500 miles on other airlines to pick up the flight.  You can’t just pick up the flight from JFK.

However on the return you can fly nonstop to JFK, where everyone must pick up all of their bags and go in line to recheck them, so you can just take your bags and leave the airport without any problems.

If you are from other cities like Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, or even Kansas City it’s just 9,000 BA Avios (which can be transferred from all 3 major transferable point currencies, Membership Rewards, Ultimate Rewards, and Starwood) to fly round-trip to Chicago.

The outbound flight must take place between 11/22 through 03/14.
You can stay in Israel for up to 30 nights.

There are tons of available dates, here are just some sample valid dates:
11/22-11/28
12/04-12/18 (Chanukah)
12/09-12/24
01/07-01/15
01/21-02/05
02/17-03/04 (Purim)
03/03-03/10
03/13-04/08 (Pesach)

To help find other valid dates check the Orbitz box to search “3 days before and after” to help find other valid dates.

Or you can read about using ITA Software and use their awesome month-long calendar search to help find cheap flights.

Follow @DansDeals on twitter and you’ll get a tweet when a deal is posted on DansDeals.com! You can even opt-in to get a text message (and choose which hours of the night not to bother you) whenever DansDeals.com is updated!

HT: aussiebochur

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Hey Delta, Which Airport In “Occupied Palestinian Territory” Do You Or A Partner Airline Fly To?

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Update 5, 02/09 at 5:55pm: Delta has once again removed all references to serving any airports in the “Occupied Palestinian Territory” and “Palestinian Territories” from their website.

In other news, it seems like some of you have been having too much fun at their agents expense 😀
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Update 4, 02/07 at 12:55pm: Delta has just added back “Palestinian Territories” to both pages below.
Apparently they think that the Tel Aviv airport is located in “Palestinian Territories” as there are no other airports in Israel or the “Palestinian Territories” that Delta or their partners serve.
Not happy with their shenanigans? Vote with your wallet, there are plenty of better airline options out there and much better mileage currencies than Delta’s “Skypesos.”

They are obviously listening closely to our tweets, you can retweet my latest message to them to get rid of this latest nonsense as well by clicking here.
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Update 3, 02/07 at 12:20pm: Delta listens and twitter works! The offending language is now gone from both of the pages below!
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Update 2, 02/07 at 12:01pm: A commenter points out that while Delta did remove “Occupied Palestinian Territory” from the award chart page, they still have the offending language on their site in the Middle East terms and conditions page.

You can retweet them to get rid of the language on that page as well here.
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Update, 02/07 at 11:50am: Congratulations DansDeals readers, your retweets and emails have been heard!
Delta has just removed “Occupied Palestinian Territory” from their middle east award chart!!!!

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Originally posted at 02/07 at 12:30am:

Delta’s middle-east award chart says that it applies for flights in the following countries:
“Bahrain; Egypt; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Iraq; Israel; Jordan; Kuwait; Lebanon; Occupied Palestinian Territory; Oman; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Syrian Arab Republic; United Arab Emirates (composed of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras El Khaimah, Sharjah, Umm Al Qaiwain); Yemen, Republic of; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Uzbekistan.”

Here’s my question, which airport in the so-called “Occupied Palestinian Territory” does Delta or a partner airline fly to? Or are they just considering Ben Gurion/TLV to be in Israel as well as “Occupied Palestinian Territory?”

I’m sure Hamas would approve…

Wondering the same thing? Follow @dansdeals on twitter and click on “retweet” on this tweet to Delta to ask them to please explain.

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Delta Sky Club Passes For Just $25 Or 5 For $17.80 Each From Groupon!

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Related: Get 4 years of free unlimited access for you and your whole family to American, Delta, and USAirways lounges with the American Express Platinum card.

Delta Sky Club Pass Offer Linky

Delta Sky Club Locator (Click on Delta Sky Club 1 Day Passholder to see valid locations)

-Buy 1 for $25 or 5 for just $89!

-These passes normally sell for $50 each!

-You can buy as many passes as you like, you will need one pass per person per visit.

-The passes will expire on 04/30/12.

Club access is especially useful when there are irregular operations (weather, etc) because club agents are extremely helpful with placing you on a new flight.

-One-day pass is valid for use at any Delta Sky Club location.
-50+ worldwide locations
-Eight lounges in ATL
-Use with travel on any airline
-Complimentary alcoholic beverages, snacks, WiFi, etc.

The Groupon Promise: Nothing is more important to us than treating our customers well. If you ever feel like Groupon let you down, give us a call and we’ll return your purchase – simple as that.

HT: deals, via DDF

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Delta 100% Mileage Transfer Bonus Is Back!

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Related: Get A 43% Bonus When You Transfer American Express Membership Rewards Points Into Delta Skymiles!

Through 12/16, transfer your Delta miles to anyone else’s Delta account and Delta will double the miles transferred for free.

Delta charges a penny per mile to transfer miles and a $30 transaction charge.

You can transfer up to 30,000 miles in a transaction for a $330 fee and Delta will give your friend a total of 60,000 miles.
You can rinse and repeat back and forth for up 150,000 miles transferred from an account and up to 300,000 miles that can be received in an account per year.

It’s a cost of 1.1 cents per mile, and more like 1.06-1.08 cents per mile after factoring in points (such as 706 Ultimate Rewards points on a Sapphire Preferred card, 330 Starpoints on a Starwood AMEX, or 660 Delta miles on a Delta AMEX) gained on the $330 credit card purchase.

Delta accounts must be at least 10 days old and have already earned at least 1 mile to be eligible for the transfer bonus.

It’s worth noting that Delta’s saver availability is generally quite poor compared to other airlines, you can’t redeem for true international first class experiences, and that their Skyteam partners are weak compared to other alliances. Some of their policies like the non-changeable/non-refundable award tickets within 72 hours of departure along with fuel surcharges on some partners like V Australia are just asinine. However at under 1.1 cents per miles there are definitely many scenarios, especially in business class, where it can make sense to “buy” the miles via transferring with the bonus.

HT: Afight4ever, via DDF

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Delta: JFK To San Juan, Nonstop For Just $185 Round Trip With Tax!

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Update: Now $244.

Bookable now on Delta.com or Orbitz.

Delta.com 100% refund cancellation policy: “Risk-Free cancellation request must be made by midnight of the day after the eTicket is purchased or midnight of the departure date of the first flight, whichever comes first.

Valid for travel between March 2nd and August 15th.
Sample valid date: 03/11-03/15.

HT: Mordy788, via DDF

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Get A 43% Bonus When You Transfer American Express Membership Rewards Points Into Delta Skymiles!

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Delta Promo Registration Linky (Exp: 12/31/11)

For every 50,000  American Express Membership Rewards Points that you transfer into Delta Skymiles you will get a rebate of 15,000 Membership Rewards Points.

Allow 6-8 weeks to receive the rebate certificate.

In other words for 35,000 Membership Rewards Points (after the 15K rebate) you will get 50,000 Delta miles, or about 1.43 miles for each point transferred.

There is no limit to the amount of bonus certificates you can earn, but you only receive them for increments of 50,000 points transferred, so at 100,000 points transferred you’ll get a 30,000 point rebate, at 150K a 45,000 point rebate, at 200K a 60,000 point rebate, etc.

You can borrow up to 60,000 points by calling up Membership Rewards (800-AXP-EARN) and asking for a points advance.  You then have up to 1 year to earn those points from signup bonuses or spending or else they will charge you 2.5 cents per point.

Need more Membership Rewards points?  Here are some Membership Rewards cards:

American Express Business Gold Rewards Card (50K for spending $10K in 5 months)

American Express Consumer Platinum Card (25K for spending $1K in 3 months)

American Express Consumer Premier Rewards Gold Card (15K for spending $!K in 3 months)

American Express Consumer Gold Rewards Card (10K for spending $1K in 3 months)

Having problems seeing card offers? Getting a “card not available” or other error message?
1. Try using another browser (IE, Firefox, or Chrome) to see the offer.
2. You can try deleting your browser’s cache and cookies to see the offers. To do so just hold down the Ctrl, Shift, and Delete buttons on your keyboard and then delete your cache and cookies.
3. You can also try browsing “incognito” or “in-private” to see the offers. In IE and Firefox you can access this mode by holding down Ctrl, Shift, and P buttons on your keyboard. In Chrome you can access this mode by holding down Ctrl, Shift, and N. Then just return to DansDeals.com and click on the card offer you want.
-Just fill out the standard application. Don’t click for the shorter existing cardmember application or you will not get the best offer.

HT: AsherO, via the DansDeals Forums

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Delta Sky Club Passes For Just $25 Or 5 For $17.80 Each From Groupon!

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Delta Sky Club Pass Offer Linky

Delta Sky Club Locator (Click on Delta Sky Club 1 Day Passholder to see valid locations)

-Buy 1 for $25 or 5 for just $89!

-These passes normally sell for $50 each!

-You can buy as many passes as you like, you will need one pass per person per visit.

-The passes will expire on 04/30/12.

Club access is especially useful when there are irregular operations (weather, etc) because club agents are extremely helpful with placing you on a new flight.

-One-day pass is valid for use at any Delta Sky Club location.
-50+ worldwide locations
-Eight lounges in ATL
-Use with travel on any airline
-Complimentary alcoholic beverages, snacks, WiFi, etc.

The Groupon Promise: Nothing is more important to us than treating our customers well. If you ever feel like Groupon let you down, give us a call and we’ll return your purchase – simple as that.

HT: PlatinumGuy, via Dansdeals.com/forums

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Is It Worth Buying Miles From The Airlines?

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

I’m late to the game with these promos, I know. I’m so focused on getting miles for free that I tend to tune out opportunities like these, especially in a year like this one where the card offers have been incredible.

Just in the past half a year or so I’ve been able to pick up 100k miles twice (along with $400 in gift cards) on the Platinum card, the BA card, and a couple of AA cards, 75k miles twice on the Premier Rewards Gold, 50k miles on Sapphire, Continental, United, and Southwest. Picked up 2 free nights in a suite at any Hyatt worldwide. And I’m working on 80k on the Ink Bold. Gotta’ love all the offers out there! Between my 9 active Chase credit cards I could go and buy I house on them if I wanted to 😀

Not everyone is as crazy strategizing their next credit card churn though, so these offers may be of interest to you.

Through September 15th USAirways has a BOGO offer on up to 50,000 miles.  They normally sell 50,000 miles for $1,478.13 with taxes and fees and with this promotion you’ll get 100,000 miles for that price.  That’s a cost per mile of 1.48 cents.  Well if you account for the ~1,500 Starpoints you’ll also earn on the purchase (not to mention it will help you closer to spending that $4,500 you need to spend on your Starwood card to get the 30K signup bonus) and value Starpoints at a conservative 2 cents a piece then the cost is just under 1.45 cents per mile.
US Airways accounts must be at least 12 days old in order to buy miles.

-Through September 30th Delta is matching mileage transfer with a 100% bonus. Transfer 30,000 miles to a friend for a $330 fee and Delta will match the transfer, giving your friend a total of 60,000 miles. Rinse and repeat back and forth for up 150,000 miles transferred from an account and up to 300,000 miles that can be received in an account per year.  It’s a cost of 1.1 cents per mile, and more like 1.075 cents per mile after factoring in Starpoints gained on the credit card purchase.
-Delta accounts must be at least 10 days old and have already earned at least 1 mile to be eligible for the transfer bonus.

So is it worth doing?  With USAirways you have access to their vast network of Star alliance and non-alliance partners and a pretty decent award chart. Don’t expect to find partner availability on USAirways.com though, you’ll need to check that on a better site like Continental, Aeroplan, or ANA.

The real value here and of miles in general are in the premium classes on international flights. While a business class ticket to the far east would normally set you back $8.000 and a first class ticket $15,000, those can be had for a small fraction of that when using or buying miles.
Plus on an award you can check out 2 or more cities with free stopovers and connections.

If you need some extra miles to top off you account it’s definitely worthwhile.
Or let’s say you have 40,000 Starwood points. You can transfer those into 50,000 USAirways miles and then buy the remainder that you need to get an award.
But even if you are starting from scratch it can make sense.

USAirways rates from the US to/from:
-North Asia (Japan, China, South Korea, etc): 60K Coach ($870 at a rate of 1.45 cents per miles), 90K Business ($1,305), 120K First ($1,595)
-Europe: 60K Coach ($870), 100K Business ($1,450), 125K First ($1.813)
-South America: 60K Coach ($870), 100K Business ($1,450), 125K First ($1.813)
-Australia: 80K Coach ($1,160), 110K Business ($1,595), 140K First ($2.030)
-Israel: 80K Coach ($1,160), 120K Business ($1,740), 180K First ($2,610)

Delta’s saver availability is poor and their Skyteam partners are weak. Their policies like the new non-changeable/non-refundable award tickets within 72 hours of departure along with fuel surcharges on some partners like V Australia are just asinine. However at under 1.1 cents per miles there are definitely scenarios where it can make sense to “buy” the miles via transferring with the bonus.

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Watch A Bose Video Online And Get 150 Delta Miles, Go Into A Bose Store For A Noise-Cancelling Headphone Demo And Get 350 More Miles!

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Offer Linky (Exp: 09/12/11)

Earn 150 for watching a video, 350 more for seeing an in-store demo, and 1,500 more for buying a pair in store.

Fair warning: If you take them up on their 30 day trial and try flying with a pair of Bose QC15s you won’t ever want to fly without them.

Once you start watching the video you can just click here to skip the rest of the video and fill out the form for the miles.

Delta miles may be the least valuable miles out there (there’s a reason they’re call SkyPesos, Delta has by far the worst availability of awards at the lowest mileage rate, terrible online award search functionality, lack of quality and quantity of partner redemption options and no first class redemption options, fuel surcharges for flying on some partners and/or originating from Europe, and now in an industry first awards are non-changeable/non-refundable within 72 hours of departure) but hey, free is free!

HT: Gary and am32, via the DansDeals Forums

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Transfer AMEX Points To Delta And Get A 50% Bonus! Transfer At Least 100,000 Points And Get 25,000 Elite Miles!

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Related posts:
Transfer AMEX Points To British Airways And Get A 50% Bonus! Fly Round-Trip Domestic For Less Than 17,000 Points Or To Hawaii For Less Than 24,000 Points!

Transfer 100,000+ AMEX Points To Delta And Get A 40% Bonus (for non first-time transfers)



50% Bonus Miles Offer Registration Linky (Exp: 09/30/11)

The 50% bonus offer is only for first-time transfers from AMEX into that Delta account.
If you transfer at least 100,000 points you will also get 25,000 MQMs which will get you Delta Silver Medallion status through 02/28/13!
With Elite status you will get free checked luggage, upgrades, bonus miles, elite seating, and much much more.

So a 100,000 AMEX point transfer will get you 150,000 Delta redeemable miles (good for award travel) and 25,000 medallion qualifying miles that will earn you Silver status.

It’s worth noting that Delta miles are worth much less than most other miles as they charge much more for most trips and they are part of the Skyteam Alliance, which has very poor award availability and lacks the plethora of First Class options that OneWorld and Star Alliance have.

HT: aussiebochur, via the DansDeals Forums

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Transfer 100,000+ AMEX Points To Delta And Get A 40% Bonus!

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Offer Registration Linky

Transfer up to 99,000 points and get a 25% bonus, transfer 100,000+ points in one transaction and get a 40% bonus.

Beware that Delta miles are worth much less than most other miles as they charge much more for most trips and they are part of the Skyteam Alliance, which has very poor award availability.

HT: Gary

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SIZZLING!!! Transfer 50,000 AMEX Points To Delta And Get 90,000 Redeemable Miles And 25,000 Elite Miles!

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Update 2: A number of commenters (that registered before Delta stealthily changed the promotion terms) have had success getting Delta to honor the original 30% bonus on top of the 50% bonus! They faxed Delta at 404-773-1945 and explained that when they made the transfer it was because there was a 50% and 30% bonus and the terms did not state that they couldn’t be combined until 01/31. They also sent a copy of the screenshot that I saved that shows the original terms before Delta changed them.
Send the fax ASAP and let us know how it goes for you!

THIS DEAL IS DEAD, DO NOT TRANSFER TO DELTA EXPECTING AN 80% BONUS ANYMORE!

Update, 01/31: Delta is now reneging and has just updated the terms of the 50% bonus offer and it now says that it can’t be combined with other promotions!
They just added this line under “bonus award information:” “May not be combined with any other Membership Rewards offers between January 14 and May 31, 2011.”
Before today it did not say this! Here is a link to a screenshot of the terms and conditions before today that did not have this verbiage.

Originally posted on 01/24:

Related: Get 51,000 AMEX MR Points, Free Airport Lounge Access, Lost Item Insurance, Starwood Elite Status, $200 in Airline Spending, And Much Much More With The AMEX Platinum Card.
Getting To Israel Using AMEX Membership Rewards Points!

30% Bonus Miles Offer Registration Linky
50% Bonus Miles Offer Registration Linky

The 50% bonus offer is only for first-time transfers from AMEX into that Delta account.
If you transfer at least 50,000 points you will also get 25,000 MQMs which will get you Delta Silver Medallion status through 02/28/13!
With Elite status you will get free checked luggage, upgrades, bonus miles, and much much more.

People are reporting that these 2 promotions are stackable and that the 50% bonus+MQM offer is posting instantly while the 30% bonus is posting within a couple days after.
So if you transfer 50,000 AMEX Points you get 90,000 miles and elite status:
-50,000 base Delta redeemable miles
-15,000 redeemable miles for the 30% bonus promo
-25,000 redeemable miles for the 50% bonus promo
-25,000 MQMs for Elite status through 02/28/13.

Beware that Delta miles are worth much less than most other miles as they charge much more for most trips and they are part of the Skyteam Alliance, which has very poor award availability. They’re called “Skypesos” for a reason!

HT: AsherO, via the DansDeals Forums

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Buy, Gift, Or Transfer Delta Miles And Get a 75% Mileage Bonus!

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Related Posts:
– Transfer 20,000 Starpoints Into 31,250 Delta Skymiles!
-Transfer 50,000 AMEX Points To Delta And Get 75,000 Redeemable Miles And 25,000 Elite Miles!


Delta Offer Linky

The buy and gift offers aren’t terribly attractive at 2.8 cents per mile, plus a 7.5% tax.  In other words you can buy or gift 30,000 miles and receive 52,500 miles for $840+$63 tax=$903.  That lowers the effective price per mile to 1.72 cents.  While it may be worth buying Continental or AAmerican miles at that rate I don’t think Delta’s Skypesos are worth nearly that much.

However if you have a couple family members with 30,000 miles in their account it may make sense to transfer with this promo to consolidate the miles into one account to book an international ticket.  The cost to transfer 30,000 miles is $330 with fees and the recipient will receive 52,500 miles with the bonus.  In other words the additional 22,500 miles cost 1.467 cents per mile, plus you were able to consolidate the other 30,000 miles into a bigger account where they may get better use.

People have had good luck with redemptions on V Australia using Delta miles. A business class flight to Sydney on V Australia would run 150,000 Delta miles.

HT: Israel J.

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Transfer 50,000 AMEX Points To Delta And Get 75,000 Redeemable Miles And 25,000 Elite Miles!

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Update 3: Don’t forget that you can also borrow miles from AMEX. And also don’t forget that you can status-match your Delta status to other airlines (like Continental) and be elite through 02/29/12 on other airlines as well!

Update 2: It’s worthwhile to note that as long as you have an AMEX Charge Card with Membership Rewards you can actually buy the 50,000 points (or smaller amounts if you have some points) directly from AMEX for $1,280 ($1,250 at 2.5 cents per point plus $30 excise tax) which will get you 75,000 Delta miles and Silver Medallion Elite Status good through 02/29/12.

Originally posted on 11/04:

Update: Commenters are reporting that the 50% bonus miles and the 25K MQMs are posting immediately! Be sure to register before transferring!

Offer Registration Linky

You’ll definitely want to print up a copy of this offer and of the confirmation page if you use it! It doesn’t appear to be targeted and it let me register for it without any error.

You’ll get a 50% mileage bonus on any amount of AMEX points transferred to Delta by 12/15/10.

Plus if you transfer 50,000 AMEX points you’ll also get 25,000 MQMs which is enough to get elite status on Delta.  With Elite status you will get free checked luggage, upgrades on paid and on award tickets, and much more.

Beware that Delta miles are worth much less than most other miles as they charge much more for most trips and they are part of the Skyteam Alliance, which has very poor award availability. They’re called “Skypesos” for a reason!

HT: FT

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Transfer 20,000 Starpoints Into 31,250 Delta Skymiles!

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Related: Starwood AMEX, the best credit card for spending that’s out there today!

Delta Offer Registration Linky

Register and you’ll get a 25% bonus on hotel points converted to Delta miles through 12/31.  So 20,000 Starpoints normally converts into 25,000 Delta miles but with this promo you’ll get 31,250 miles.

It’s nothing like the offer we once had to turn 20,000 Starpoints into 62,500 miles, but it’s welcome nonetheless.

Delta miles can be notoriously hard to use, so just do this if you know you will want a Delta or Skyteam flight.  Although redemptions on V Australia can be worthwhile with decent availability.  A business class flight to Sydney on V Australia would run 150,000 Delta miles.

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HOT! HURRY! Delta Sky Club Passes For Just $22 From Groupon!!!

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Update 2: HURRY! Alive again on 08/12 through 11:59pm!

Originally posted on 07/13:

Update: DEAD!

Related post: Groupon, Your Local Coupon Source!

$22 Delta Sky Club Pass Offer Linky

Delta Sky Club Locator (Click on Delta Sky Club 1 Day Passholder to see valid locations)

Groupon Linky

-You must purchase the passes by 11:59pm EDT tonight!

-These passes normally sell for $50 each!

-You can buy as many passes as you like, you will need one pass per person per visit.

-The passes will expire on 12/31/10.

-One-day passes are valid for an unlimited amount of clubs on a single day of travel. Itineraries that include a date change between origin and destination are treated as the same day of travel and allow for club access.
-One-day pass is valid for use at any Delta Sky Club location.
-50+ worldwide locations
-Eight lounges in ATL
-Use with travel on any airline
-Complimentary alcoholic beverages, snacks, WiFi, etc.

Club access is especially useful when there are irregular operations (weather, etc) because club agents are extremely helpful with placing you on a new flight.

The Groupon Promise: Nothing is more important to us than treating our customers well. If you ever feel like Groupon let you down, give us a call and we’ll return your purchase – simple as that.

HT: lafan, via Dansdeals.com/forums

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HURRY! Cheap Fares On Delta Between The West Coast And Hawaii For Travel In July!

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Update: AA has matched the $260 fare from Los Angeles and S. Francisco.  Better yet, get yourself a 10% off AA.com coupon code and see Hawaii for just $239! Use “price & schedule” to find valid dates.Stay tuned for more matches!

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Now bookable directly from Delta or from Orbitz.

Sample routes and dates:

Portland-Honolulu, 07/11-07/18 for $220 round-trip with tax.

Seattle-Honolulu, 07/11-07/18 for $220 round-trip with tax.

Los Angeles-Honolulu, 07/06-07/14 for $261 round-trip with tax.

S. Francisco-Honolulu, 07/07-07/14 for $261 round-trip with tax.

You can use the following code on Orbitz for $200 off when you search for a “flight+hotel” and stay for at least 7 nights: 200ENTERTAIN

You can use a 10,000 mile reward on any airline to go round-trip between Honolulu and any other Island in Hawaii. Continental will even let you go to 2 other Islands and back to Honolulu for 10,000 miles by using a stopover.

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Delta Joins United In Eliminating Award Expedite Fees!

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Effective today Delta has eliminated fees for booking an award ticket within 21 days of the flight.

United eliminated the fees last July.

Being that airlines often don’t release award seats until close to the flight this is a very valuable change.

Delta is also raising change and redeposit fees on award ticket from $100 to $150.

HT: aussiebochur, via dansdeals.com/forums

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Save 40% On $899+ Dell Latitude E5400 And E5500 Laptops!

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Dell Latitude E5400 14.1″ Laptop Linky

Dell Latitude E5500 15.4″ Laptop Linky

Just bump up the E5400 or E5500 to at least $899 before any instant savings and you’ll get 40% off of the laptop and all upgrades.

Just use code (Exp: 04/21): 2XLH2GB0XML7T8

The nice thing about business laptops, like the latitude series, is that besides for superior build quality, you’ll also get much more knowledgeable tech support reps, often based in the US.

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Free Wi-Fi On Delta And Airtran Flights!

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Related Post: Free Wi-Fi on American Airlines (Exp: 08/23)

When on a Delta or Airtran flight with Wi-Fi use the following code on the payment page (Exp: 08/31):
159FLT3161

HT: Eli, via dansdeals.com/forums

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HOT! Double Miles On All Delta Flights For Delta AMEX Cardholders For The Rest Of 2009!

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Related: Great New Benefits For The Delta AMEX Platinum Card (Waived expedite fees, waived partner airline fees, online companion certs)

Delta AMEX Platinum Card Linky


Double Delta Flight Miles Offer Linky

With this promotion, not only will you earn double miles on the purchase of a Delta ticket, but you will earn double the miles for your actual flights flown for the rest of this year!

This offer is not targeted, it will work for any new or existing primary Delta AMEX cardholder.

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