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Delta Mileage Run: Newark (EWR) to Anchorage (ANC) — 12,067 MQM at 2.5 CPM

Delta SkyMiles members in the New York City area (or those who can get there) might be interested in this Newark (EWR) to Anchorage (ANC) mileage run that hauls in 12,067 MQM and $318 MQD for $292.19 (thanks to the Status Accelerator expiring in a few weeks).

A Great IHG Certificate Redemption: Kimpton Muse Hotel Near Times Square in New York [Review]

A month after my wife and I ventured to New York for a wedding, we returned to the area for another couple’s nuptials. This time, our daughter tagged along! We were scheduled to spend the entire long weekend (Thursday through Monday) in Morristown, New Jersey. But some members of our traveling party dropped out for […]

Two Stranded Passengers Met in an Airport Lounge — and Fell in Love.

A pair of travelers — including one en route to her best friend’s wedding — whose flights were canceled struck up a conversation in an airport lounge. Now they’re married. Plus, ugly weather and staffing situations may cause chaos at airports this holiday week.

A Bonus Category I’m Surprised These Amex Cards Don’t Offer

I was in Las Vegas this week and used Uber several times. Thanks to The Platinum Card® from American Express and American Express® Gold Card, I had $25 total in Uber Cash deposits this month.

No-Brainer: Earn $40 (or 4,000 Amex Membership Rewards Points) From Rakuten! [New Accounts or Referral Bounties!]

This is potentially money-making news for everyone! Cashback shopping portal Rakuten is offering a generous sign-up bonus for new member sign-ups made through referrals! 

Reminder: Annual Fees and Interest DO NOT Count Toward Your Delta Amex Spending Thresholds [Rookie Wednesday]

We arrived at that time of year: some people are scrambling to meet their Delta Amex spending goals — either to (re)qualify for status and/or earn bonus MQM.

Reflections on the Blog’s TEN YEAR Anniversary!

Ten years ago today, René published this blog’s very first post, when the site was known as “Delta Points.” (I know the post’s date says “2020.” That reflects when some minor changes, i.e., coding or advertising, were made.) A few years later, the blog transitioned to Rene’s Points. And a couple of years after I […]

Aloha: A Visit to the Delta Sky Club Honolulu! [Review]

My family recently enjoyed a wonderful visit to the island of Hawai’i. We connected through Honolulu — and had an opportunity to check out the Delta Sky Club airport lounge in HNL!

A Mileage Run for the US Olympic Team? A321: King of the Narrowbody Flights to Europe

The US Olympic team might have to take a mileage run to reach Beijing this February. Plus, the Airbus 321 is officially THE narrowbody aircraft for Transatlantic flights.

Delta First/Business Class Mileage Run — Boston to Kona: 27,293 MQM at 5.5 CPM

Need some Delta MQM — and Thanksgiving plans? You’re in luck!

Warning: Use Your Delta Global Upgrade Certificates NOW. Here’s Why.

Delta announced last week that upgrade certificate rules change in February 2022. The major news was that certificates will only allow people to upgrade one cabin higher than the one they purchased. In other words, a Global Upgrade Certificate currently allows passengers to upgrade from Main Cabin to Delta One, bypassing Premium Select (if that’s […]

Five Reasons Delta Flyers Must Consider Applying for the New Capital One Venture X Card

Delta flyers: we need to talk.

“Delta’s Not Letting My Companion or Me Upgrade — and I Have Elite Status! What’s Up?!” [Rookie Wednesday]

A family member contacted me last week about a Delta trip he and a companion booked. The companion is Platinum Medallion and handled the actual purchase.

Delta Elite Mileage Run: Seattle to Orlando — 9,805 MQM at 3.7 CPM

We came across a Delta mileage run for our friends in the Pacific Northwest!

Amex Shop Small $50 back when you spend $50 (5x$10) by 12/31/21 for Amex Logo / Branded Third Party Cards.

If you have been around the points game for a while, you fondly remember that American Express rolls out the “Shop Small” promotion each November.

Delta Mileage Run to San Juan, Puerto Rico from San Jose: 11,548 MQM at 3.8 CPM!

If the Las Vegas to Paris mileage run we posted earlier today doesn’t work for your budget or schedule, you might be interested in this San Jose (SJC) to San Juan (SJU) run.

Delta Mileage Run: Weekend in Paris — 16,219 MQM for 4.6 CPM (Main Cabin from Las Vegas)

We’re getting to the time of year when great, publicly available mileage runs become somewhat scarce. (Remember that Juicy Miles always has some tricks up their sleeve and creates customized mileage runs.) Plus, Delta’s fantastic Status Accelerator promotion ends on December 31. So the pickings are starting to get slim — and we have to […]

Two Important, Year-End Reminders for Delta Amex Cardholders

Now is the time of year we receive emails and Tweets asking a variety of questions.

Get to the Airport Very Early: Eight Hour Wait Times Anticipated for International Travel

Taking an International trip soon? Your wait at the airport could be longer than some of your flights. Plus, a Southwest pilot allegedly got into a fight over mask-wearing. His opponent? A flight attendant.

Do Delta’s Upgrade Certificate Changes Affect Your Medallion Status Goals — or Even Loyalty to Delta?

Delta announced yesterday several changes to its Upgrade Certificates (which are Choice Benefit selections for Diamond and Platinum Medallions.) The biggest change deals with upgrade limitations. Global Upgrade Certificates (GUC) are available only to Diamond Medallions — and one of the reasons people pursue that top-tier status. But GUC took a significant devaluation yesterday: starting […]

#KeepDescending: Delta Downgrades Medallion Upgrade Certificates!

Your Delta One upgrade dreams might remain just that: fantasies instead of reality. Global and Regional Upgrade Certificates — one of the major perks of top-tier Delta Medallion statuses — received significant devaluations this morning.

9 Reasons Why Now is a Great Time to Get the Amex Business Platinum Card

Statement credit opportunities, a hefty welcome bonus, and one year of the current annual fee are just a few reasons why now is the time to consider getting The Business Platinum Card® from American Express.

I Was Freaked Out: The Strangest Two Days of Flying Delta and American!

The Strangest Two Days of Flying Delta and American and It Kinda Freaked Me Out!

Travel Booker: Don’t Wait to Book Year-End Mileage Runs!

Thinking about taking a year-end mileage run — but don’t have anything booked? Our friend Miles Jackson at Juicy Miles shared some insights and advice with me. Moral of the story: now is the time to get something arranged. Here’s why.

Delta Mileage Run: New York (JFK) to Las Vegas (LAS) — 9,862 MQM at 2.8 CPM!

If you’re based in New York (or can get there), then you might want to roll the dice on this JFK to Las Vegas Delta mileage run!

WEEKEND Business Class Mileage Run for Delta MQD and MQM! San Francisco to Madrid: $6,041 MQD for ~$1800!

If you want to earn (or requalify for) Delta elite status early next year, consider this Friday-Sunday business class mileage run from San Francisco to Madrid.

Delta and Hawaiian Airlines: a Dysfunctional Relationship

Just a heads-up in case your Delta itinerary involves certain Hawaiian airlines flights: you’ll likely be (at least) slightly disappointed. Don’t expect Medallion benefits or free checked bags (even if you hold a Delta Amex).

Vegas Resort Buys a Boeing Dreamliner. The Hotel With a Ghost Who Lusts for NBA Players

A Vegas resort-casino is going big with its latest charter plane. Like, really big. Plus, a Midwest hotel is allegedly haunted by a ghost who seems to have a penchant for “sissy” NBA players.

Review: Delta Italian Ham Sandwich First Class Lunch Meal October 2021 During COVID

Review: Delta Italian Ham Sandwich First Class Lunch Meal October 2021 During COVID

Do You Get “Homesick” for Favorite Travel Destinations? (I Do!)

I enjoy being familiar with places and knowing my way around. It’s not because I’m some smarty pants (well…) or want to brag. But I’m a creature of habit. Naturally, I feel more comfortable when I spend time in places I enjoy and know. They almost become a second home. And when I’m stressed, anxious, […]

Reminder: Air France-KLM Amex Offer Expires on Sunday! (Good for Delta Partner Mileage Runs!)

Need to fly Air France-KLM? An Amex Offer can earn you up to 20,000 American Express Membership Rewards points. But the promotion ends on Halloween. This could be an especially good deal for Delta SkyMiles members looking to earn MQD on partner flights!

Delta Travelers: Beware of Traveling Through LAX

Delta Air Lines is in the middle of its impressive “Sky Way” project at LAX. And things are a giant pain in the neck (and other body parts) right now.

Amazon Amex Offer: Earn 5 Bonus Points per Dollar Spent!

An Amazon Amex Offer arrived just in time for the holiday shopping season (Black Friday and Cyber Monday are only a month away!).

Southwest’s Business Credit Card Gets Some Love, Too

Southwest’s three consumer credit cards underwent notable refreshes last week. Those changes got all the press. But the business flavor was slightly tweaked, too.

Keyword: “Snarky” — Group Punishment on a Delta Flight

A Delta cabin crew decided they had enough of us loathsome coach passengers during my family’s flight from Detroit (DTW) to Los Angeles (LAX) the other night.

My First International Vacation in Almost TWO Years! It is Amazing — and Strange — to be Out and About Again.

When I got off the Epic in 2019 after crossing the Atlantic, as I have many times in the past now, I had no idea it would be the better part of two years before I took another international vacation.

Guests Find Hidden Trap Door in the Hotel Room. Flight Attendants in Italy Strip Down to Protest

Well, this is creepy. A couple of hotel guests discovered something unexpected in their room: a trap door. Plus, a number of Italian flight attendants publicly stripped out of their uniforms — as a protest for better wages and working conditions.

Which Southwest Personal Credit Card is the Best Right Now? Here’s the One I Want!

Southwest and Chase recently refreshed the co-branded Rapid Rewards credit cards. Perks were added to each card — and annual fees weren’t raised. They’re all good products. But is there one Southwest Airlines credit card that’s the best to get right now? Absolutely.

Business Class Mileage Run for Delta MQD and MQM: Los Angeles (LAX) to Santo Domingo (SDQ) — $2790 MQD for $827!

Some folks are on the hunt for MQD so they can earn Delta Medallion status this year (either for the first time or to requalify and enjoy upgrade priority next year). If you’re one of them and live in Los Angeles (or can get there), you might be interested in this AeroMexico business class run […]

Delta First Class Mileage Run: Newark to Anchorage — 23,010 MQM at 4.3 CPM!

We found a pretty great Delta first class mileage run for our friends in the New York City area.

My New Travel Must-Have: This Awesome, Convenient 4-in-1 USB Cord!

If you’re like me, you have several electronic devices — and a few require different USB inputs. (Perhaps you have a bag with so many USB cords that it looks like a darn worm farm. That’s me, too! 🙂 ) I recently purchased this Volkano 4-in-1 USB cable that features USB-A (“standard”), USB-C, and Apple Lightning […]

Marriott Amex Offer: Save $50!

A Marriott Amex Offer gives targeted cardholders the opportunity to save $50 when spending at least $200 on room rates and room charges at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels.

Something Sweet(?): Delta Sky Club Peanut Butter Old Fashioned [Review]

Peanut butter and chocolate are a popular combination (especially this time of the year). But peanut butter and an Old Fashioned? Interesting team, right? I love peanut butter and Old Fashioneds. So I was intrigued when I saw this advertisement in the Newark (EWR) Delta Sky Club a couple of days ago:

Two Southwest Credit Cards Let You Spend Your Way to A-List Status!

Chase’s three consumer Southwest credit cards all underwent several interesting changes (some good, some meh) and now offer their highest ever bonus points promotions. Plus, two cards now offer elite qualifying points for A-List status!

NASTY Delta Elite Medallion Downgrade: Confirmed Regional Upgrades Now Gone if Schedule Change – #KeepDescending Delta!

NASTY Delta Elite Medallion Downgrade: Confirmed Regional Upgrades Now Gone if Schedule Change – #KeepDescending Delta!

The Best of Times (Square)? A Review of the W Hotel Times Square New York!

During a recent trip to New York, my wife and I experienced two different hotels: the InterContinental Times Square (reviewed here) and W New York – Times Square. (The InterContinental is basically Times Square-adjacent. But the W is right there in Times Square.) Our stay was brief (about 24 hours) — but one we thought was […]

Trigger Warning: ATL Earned a Dubious Distinction When It Comes to Firearms. Ultra Low-Cost Carrier Building a Resort in Florida.

Congratulations(?) to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport: it’s the top spot for the TSA finding guns at checkpoints. Plus, Allegiant Airlines parent company is building a resort. (Imagine the fees they can charge!)

Big Changes for One of My Favorite Travel Cards: the Amex Business Platinum Card

The Business Platinum Card® from American Express just received a fairly significant refresh.

How to Earn Delta MQM [2021]

We’ve received several messages about how people can ramp up their MQM balances before the end of the year. This is sort of an unofficial tradition at the blog. Right around October, some readers scramble to accumulate MQM and MQD so they earn or requalify for Delta Medallion elite status. Delta Air Lines announced that […]

DEVELOPING: Southwest Employees Will Protest COVID Vaccination Mandate on Monday?

Will Southwest’s troubles get worse next week?

A Simple, Quick Way You Can Make Someone Else’s Day — and Yours, Too!

Some family members needed help modifying several hotel reservations yesterday. So I called Marriott to personally make the changes and make sure everything was shipshape.

Should Airlines Charge Non-Vaccinated Passengers More Money (or Miles) Than Those Who Are Vaxxed?

COVID-19 vaccinations became readily available this past summer. Pretty much anyone who wanted a jab received one. Some recipients are already in the “booster” phase, while others are waiting their turn. But others say they will not get a COVID-19 vaccination. Ever.

Doing Las Vegas — James Bond Style. Canada Will Require COVID Vaccinations for Anyone Traveling on Plane or Bus.

If you (or someone you know) is a James Bond fan and also love Las Vegas, there’s a fun Bond-esque self-guided tour you can take in Sin City. Plus, you better have a COVID-19 vaccination if you want to travel in Canada.

Office Depot/OfficeMax Chase Offer: Save 10%!

It’s been quite the day for office store promotions across the credit card world!

Royal Caribbean Amex Offer: Save $500 on a Cruise Purchase!

Itching to get on a boat? A Royal Caribbean Amex Offer can save you $500 on a purchase of at least $1,500! (That’s a 33% rebate!)

Staples Amex Offer: Save $25!

Targeted American Express cardholders can save $25 when spending $100 at Staples, thanks to a new Amex Offer!

Earn 10X at Restaurants with the Amex Platinum Card! (Great for the Upcoming Holidays?)

The Platinum Card® from American Express is offering an insane 10X Membership Rewards points on worldwide dining purchases for new cardholders approved during the current promotion! And it could be especially helpful for the upcoming holiday season.

Amex Platinum Card Adds Walmart+ and Soul Cycle Statement Credits

American Express continues to enhance The Platinum Card® from American Express.

CDC: Unvaccinated People Shouldn’t Travel (But Still Can…)

The CDC recently updated its “Domestic Travel During COVID-19” guidelines. And you’ll be shocked ( 😉 )to learn they discourage unvaccinated people from traveling — even domestically.

Business Class Mileage Run for Delta MQM and MQD: Dallas (DFW) to Amsterdam (AMS) — Est. $5324 MQD and 20,220 MQM!

We received some requests for Delta partner MQD runs. Truth be told, we haven’t seen anything too exciting recently. But we spotted this interesting Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) to Amsterdam (AMS) mileage run in AeroMexico business class.

These 8 Hotels Credit Cards Offer Free Night Certificates

Many hotel credit cards offer annual free night certificates. (They’re commonly referred to as “anniversary nights” because most don’t trigger until the second year of card membership.) But are they worth the annual fees?

Salt Lake City to Athens (Greece) Delta *Premium Select* Weekend Mileage Run: 25,309 MQM at 5.2 CPM

Hub-captives in Salt Lake City (SLC): we found you a Delta mileage run to Greece! 

*Single Day* Delta Elite Mileage Run: New York (JFK) to San Francisco (SFO) — 7,758 MQM (Main Cabin) at 2.6 CPM!

Less than three months remain in Delta’s “Status Accelerator” promotion. So if you want to stock up on MQM to roll over into 2022, now’s the time to book and fly mileage runs! With that in mind, we found this single-day Delta mileage run from New York’s JFK airport to San Francisco (SFO).

Circle Line Harbor Lights (Night Time) Cruise Around New York City! [Review]

So many cities are breathtakingly beautiful at night — and New York City is no exception. But how can you enjoy the area’s brilliant lights in a short amount of time? My late friend Richard Arnold and I took a daytime cruise around Manhattan about 11 years ago. I thought it was awesome then. But […]

Music to Your Ears: See and Listen Now to the Delta Boarding Music Playlist!

Trying to figure out a certain song you heard on the Delta boarding music playlist as you stepped onto a plane? Want to recreate at home the Delta experience? (Don’t forget to order the Biscoff cookies and Kind Bars!) Maybe you’re a flight sim enthusiast and need some tunes while you cool your heels, waiting […]

A Turtle on the Runway Delayed Flights at Tokyo Narita. A Unique Luggage Shop

Flights at Tokyo Narita airport were briefly delayed — by a turtle crossing an active runway.

Chicago Seminars 2021 Moved to December

The 2021 Chicago Seminars has been pushed from October to mid-December.

A Look Back at September

Another month just flew by. I can’t believe it’s already the end of September!

Report: Emergency Procedure Card Debacle Delayed an American Airlines Flight for Almost Two Hours

It’s the little things that can cause big problems. American Airlines flight 2399 from Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) to Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) was delayed today. But the reason why is rather interesting: one writer says the incorrect emergency procedure cards were placed in the seatback pockets.

New: Earn Bonus Cashback on Lyft Rides By Using Dosh!

Using Lyft just became a little more rewarding. In addition to earning credit card points and travel program miles, you can now score cashback through DOSH!

Earn Bitmo Points with Select Delta Air Lines and Uber Purchases!

Here’s something fun I recently discovered: select Delta Air Lines and Uber purchases earn points on your Bitmo account!

Mileage Run and Medallion Musings from Miles Jackson at Juicy Miles!

We talked last week about why you may want to (re)qualify for Delta status this year. Even if your status rolls over to next year, it may behoove you to earn during the rest of 2021. Juicy Miles’ resident Delta and SkyTeam expert, Miles Jackson, is a longtime Delta flyer. He and I chatted last […]

Now (Don’t) Hear This! These are THE Best Earplugs for Travel (or, Really, Anything Else)!

“These are the best earplugs ever! Like, life-changing.” I thought René was being hyperbolic when he said that and handed me a pair of these disposable 3M foam earplugs.

Fly Me to “the Moon” — in Las Vegas? Delta Might Be Getting the 737 MAX

I saw a rumor my former boss is taking a trip to space. While you and I might not be on a Blue Origin rocket anytime soon (or ever), there’s a chance we can visit The Moon — a resort that may come to Las Vegas. This blog post may need some refreshing — seeing […]

WATCH: Flight Attendant Photographed Someone She Thinks Could Be Brian Laundrie – in Canada

A flight attendant on a Toronto layover might have spotted Brian Laundrie — a person of interest in the Gabby Petito murder case.

Four Credit Cards Offering Easy $200/20,000 Point Bonuses — and $0 Annual Fees

Can’t spend thousands of dollars to earn big points offered by some credit card? Don’t worry! There are plenty of affordable options for great credit cards you’ll actually like.

30,000 MQM at 4.3 CPM: Delta Premium Select Weekend Mileage Run from Los Angeles (LAX) to Berlin, Germany! (BER)

Are you stockpiling Delta MQM to roll over into 2022? Then you might want to check out this mileage run from Los Angeles (LAX) to Berlin (BER).

Two Reasons You Might Want to (Re)Qualify for Delta Elite Status This Year — Despite MQM and Status Rollovers to 2022

Several readers contacted us during the past few weeks and asked if it’s worth pursuing Delta Medallion status through the rest of 2021. After all, all MQM and Medallion statuses roll over to 2022. So why make an effort? What’s the point of taking a Delta mileage run (or mileage run on a Delta partner […]

Delta First Class Weekend Mileage Run From Detroit! DTW to Anchorage (ANC) — 18,362 MQM at 4.3 CPM

I get excited when we find Delta mileage runs for our “hub captive” friends in cities such as Detroit, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City. And Motor City travelers have an opportunity to enjoy a Friday night and Saturday morning in Anchorage, Alaska — after flying there in Delta domestic first class.

Dear IHG and Holiday Inn: Please Read This Post About One of Your Hotel Employees

I wrote about a recent trip I took to a funeral and my stay at the Holiday Inn Sioux Falls City Centre.

Delta Single-Day Mileage Run to Hawaii! Los Angeles (LAX) to Honolulu (HNL): 7,668 MQM at 3.8 CPM!

We found a Delta mileage run to Hawaii — and doesn’t have a redeye on the return!

Enterprise Contacted Me About My Rental Car Post!

The “Forget the Alamo” post about my Alamo rental car debacle earned Enterprise corporate’s attention — and they contacted me late last week.

A Suite Treat: The Holiday Inn Sioux Falls City Centre

Surprise upgrades are always fun.

Move Over, RVs: Here Comes Hearse Travel! A Hockey Jersey Might Get You Priority Boarding on Alaska Airlines.

Traveling by RV is so 2020. Now one couple might be starting a new trend: traveling by hearse. Plus, Alaska Airlines is giving priority boarding to people who wear certain hockey jerseys.

Our First Time Taking the NYC Subway to JFK Airport!

My wife and I recently enjoyed a new travel experience: using the New York City subway to ride to JFK airport! It was relatively easy and much more affordable than a cab or ridesharing. So here’s what it was like and what you can expect if you take the subway to JFK!

LIVE NOW: Activate the Chase Freedom Flex’s Q4 5% Bonus Cashback Categories!

If you hold the Chase Freedom Flex card, you can now activate the 5% bonus cashback categories for October through December!

Forget the Alamo (Rental Car Company) — Their Overbooking Made a Funeral Trip Even More Stressful

Something I love about writing a travel- and lifestyle-oriented blog is that I can vent to (generally) like-minded people. With that in mind, I want to share a frustrating story with you.

How Did This Happen? I Self-Upgraded to Delta First Class Before My Window Opened!

This was a fun surprise. The Accidental Upgrade? First off, my Delta Medallion first class upgrade window opens 120 hours/five days prior to a flight’s departure time. Keep that in mind.

Delta SkyMiles Prices Are Crazy – Other Programs to the Rescue!

Delta Skymiles Pricing Insanity – Why We Must Hold Many (all) Points Program!

How I’m Using my Amex Platinum Card Statement Credits (How About You?) 2021

The Platinum Card® from American Express underwent a major refresh earlier this year. The annual fee jumped from $550 to $695 — but several statement credit opportunities were also added. (See rates and fees) The card was already fairly expensive — but nearly $700? Yikes. (See rates and fees) But many of us can leverage […]

$200 Monthly Surcharge Mandate is Apparently Motivating Delta Employees to Get Vaccinated. World’s Tallest Ferris Wheel Will Open Next Month.

It appears Delta’s $200 fine insurance surcharge for employees to get the COVID-19 is inspiring workers to get the shot. This one makes my hands sweat: an 820-foot tall Ferris wheel is set to open in just a few weeks.

The National Guard F-16 Kamikaze Mission That Almost Happened on 9/11

Two F-16s were sent to take town United 93 on September 11, 2001. But they weren’t armed with ammo — and the pilots were tasked with a kamikaze mission.

Save 50% on This 65W USB Travel Wall Charger!

Need a new USB wall charger? Then check out this 65W, three-port unit from FEEYOO. (Or if you want to start stocking up on holiday gifts, this is a great idea for fellow travelers you know!) It sells for $33.99 on Amazon. But you’ll save 50% when applying promo code NR6FUXWT. This looks like a […]

Delizioso! Delta One Marinara Braised Meatballs [Review]

I hit a jackpot last week: I scored a Delta One upgrade on my Los Angeles to New York-Kennedy flight and enjoyed my favorite Delta One meal: Jon & Vinny’s Marinara Braised Meatballs.

Baby, It’s Not Perfect (But Definitely Good): the InterContinental New York Times Square Hotel [Review]

My wife and I recently stayed someplace we always wanted to experience: the InterContinental New York Times Square Hotel.

Flying Into (or Out of) a Big City? You Might Be Able to Change Airports for Free. Let’s Talk About Co-Terminals! [Rookie Wednesday]

Welcome to a regular feature on Eye of the Flyer! This blog series covers “rookie” topics pertaining to either a Delta or other travel-related theme (sometimes both!) and attempts to break down each topic to a basic level. You can read up on all the previous posts HERE. Now on to this featured subject! Most major […]

Delta Mileage Run — Los Angeles (LAX) to New York-Kennedy (JFK): 7,426 MQM at 2.5 CPM!

If you live in the Los Angeles area — or can get there — you might be interested in this fantastic Delta mileage run we found from LAX to New York’s JFK airport.

Which Cards Do I Keep in My Delta Virtual Wallet?

Delta Air Lines allows SkyMiles members to keep up to four credit (or charge) cards in their virtual wallets. This speeds up airfare purchases and, overall, makes the process pretty convenient. Plus, certain Delta American Express credit card benefits are available only if the cards are part of your Delta wallet. Because not all credit […]

To Bulkhead or Not to Bulkhead: That is the Question!

Rookie Wednesday: To Delta bulkhead (seat) or not to bulkhead, that is the question! Should you choose the bulkhead seat or avoid it at all cost?

Selfie Stations Coming to US National Parks — To Help Prevent People Accidentally Killing Themselves Taking Pictures

US national parks are reportedly installing selfie stations where guests can safely pose for pictures. There are a couple of reasons why — but one of the prime causes? People have fallen to their deaths while trying to get that perfect selfie.

CovidWhile – I Purchased Something I Would Never Have Considered in the Past – MedJets Membership!

Anyone reading this blog loves to travel (maybe even more than me). They love this simply amazing big blue marble called “Earth” and the stunning features that were gifted to us to enjoy. From warm to cold to highest to depths our earth is unique in the universe. I miss seeing it. I want to […]

WATCH: The LAX Gate 24B Experience (Our First YouTube Video!)

Delta Air Lines is operating a pretty busy schedule out of LAX — but with a minimal number of gates. You know what that means: fire up the buses! Check it out in our first YouTube video! (<- Open on YouTube)

Does Having Lots of Travel Credit Cards Hurt Your Credit Score? [Rookie Wednesday]

Welcome to a regular feature on Eye of the Flyer! This blog series covers in a “rookie” way either a Delta or travel-related theme and attempts to break down each topic to a basic level topic. You can read up on all the previous posts HERE. Now on to this featured subject. I have around 21 […]

It’s Already the End of August?! Here’s a Recap of the Past Month

Another month is in the books. I don’t know about you, but my August flew by.

Bellagio Spa Tower Room and Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts Stay Review

A couple of friends recently visited Las Vegas and invited me to meet them for dinner. So I took the opportunity to stay a night at Bellagio — and use The Platinum Card® from American Express ‘ new $200 Fine Hotels & Resorts credit!

New Look, New Benefits, Huge Welcome Bonus: Analyzing the “New” (Refreshed) Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

Chase recently updated its popular Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa Signature card. To be clear, it’s the same card — just with a new look and a host of new benefits and bonus categories. Plus, the card still offers its best-ever welcome promotion: 100,000 bonus points for newly approved cardholders who spend $4,000 on eligible purchases within the first […]

Our CDC COVID Vaccination Cards are Flimsy – How I am Protecting Mine for Travel

Our CDC COVID Vaccination Cards are Flimsy – How I am Protecting Mine for Travel

Check Your Delta Itineraries: It’s an UGLY #ScheduleChangeSaturday for Some People

Have trips booked on Delta Air Lines? Keep an eye on your itineraries today. A bunch of flights are affected by what’s colloquially known as #ScheduleChangeSaturday. Departure and arrival times, flight numbers, aircraft, and seat assignments are in flux today.

Delta Canceling Some Flights This Weekend Because of Hurricane Ida

Delta Air Lines announced today that it’s “proactively canceled” about 75 flights at four Louisiana destinations.

Delta Flight Attendants Personally Paid for Afghan Children’s Welcome Presents (#KeepClimbing!). No Bull: A Herd of Cows Stormed a Beach

A group of Delta Air Lines flight attendants flying Afghan refugees dug into their own pockets and bought treats for children onboard their flights.

Why Do Some Airline Passengers Do This?

This never ceases to amaze me. It seems to happen on nearly every airline flight I take. And maybe it happens on your trips, too.

Watch Out: Amex Erroneously Clawed Back My $200 Fine Hotels & Resorts Credit!

I received a rather unpleasant surprise on my The Platinum Card® from American Express account: I was charged $200 for a Fine Hotels & Resorts booking — that was already credited back to me. So what happened?

Delta Mileage Run: Las Vegas (LAS) to New York-Kennedy (JFK): 9,394 MQM at 2.8 CPM!

How about this: you can see the New York-New York Casino in Las Vegas — and then head to the actual New York, New York during this Delta mileage run!

Chicago Seminars 2022: New Dates

The Chicago Seminars 2022 has new dates:

Lihue Mileage Run Tips (from a Reader Who Just Took the Trip!)

Is there time to visit Duke’s Kauai? What are the COVID travel procedures like here and in Hawaii? Sandy, a loyal reader (and former airline employee!), returned today from the LAX to Lihue mileage run we posted. And she shared some wonderful tips!

Thank You, Readers: YOUR Advice Worked With AeroMexico Canceled Ticket Chargebacks!

Thanks Readers – Results from Amex Platinum Card Charge Back via AeroMexico Canceled Ticket!

Seat Review: Delta A321 14D (aka “The One Behind the Flight Attendant’s Jumpseat”)

My family and I just returned from a wonderful, family vacation to central Minnesota. On our Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) to Los Angeles (LAX) flight, I had the opportunity to sit somewhere new: seat 14D in Delta Air Lines’ Airbus A321 aircraft. My wife, daughter, and I usually prefer to sit in row 10 when we […]

PSA: You Can’t Change Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts Reservations!

Here’s something I learned the hard way: you can’t change an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts reservation. So what are your options?

Why (and How) Do Points and Miles People Buy US Mint Coins?!

Perhaps you’ve seen a bunch of posts on travel and points blogs lately about various US Mint coin sales. Why do people do this? you may wonder.

Delta Issues Hurricane Henri Weather Waiver

Hurricane Henri has its sights set on the northeast United States — and Delta Air Lines has accordingly issued a travel weather waiver for several potentially affected airports.

Hollywood Burbank Airport Was Temporarily Shut Down After American and Alaska Planes Bumped Wings. An App is Giving Away Free Flight Lessons.

Hollywood Burbank Airport in the Los Angeles area was briefly closed on Friday — after two commercial planes clipped wings. Plus, an app is offering the chance to win free flying lessons.

Chase Sapphire Preferred vs Chase Sapphire Reserve: Which is Better for YOU?

The Chase Sapphire Preferred and Chase Sapphire Reserve were both just refreshed. But the Preferred really got a jolt: increased and new points earning categories, an anniversary point bonus, and $50 hotel credit. The Reserve got some new Chase Ultimate Rewards travel booking service points earnings. If you don’t hold one of the Chase Sapphire cards — […]

Delta FIRST CLASS Mileage Run: Six Different Airports, 32 Hours, and 27,176 MQM (at 4.8 CPMQM!)

How’s this for a whirlwind tour of six United States airports?

A Delta Computer Glitch Upgraded My Wife and Daughter to First Class!

Many of us can tell tales of woe about IT snafus that somehow complicated our trips. But every so often, a computer glitch works out in our favor. And that’s what happened to my wife and daughter.

Atlanta (ATL) to Lihue (LIH) Delta First Class Mileage Run: 27,296 MQM at 6.6 CPM (Plus, Earn Over $2900 MQD!)

This isn’t exactly a blockbuster but our usual mileage run parameters. But our hub-captive friends in Atlanta may be able to do something with this Delta first class mileage run to Lihue, Kauai, in Hawaii.

Delta’s Job Well Done Certificates: Not Officially Discontinued (At Least, Not Yet)

We’ve seen and heard reports that Delta’s Job Well Done Certificate program has officially been discontinued.

Selfies with the Taliban: a British Tourist “Goofing Off” in Afghanistan Was Finally Evacuated

A British college student who Googled the world’s most dangerous countries and “used that as a shopping list” has safely evacuated Afghanistan. Oh, and it sounds like the Taliban are pretty nice guys who pose for pictures with tourists. Just like the people who dress up on Hollywood Boulevard and Times Square!

SkyTeam Partner AeroMexico Tells Me It Will Be Up to ONE YEAR Before I Get My Money Back for Canceled Ticket!

Skyteam partner AeroMexico tells me it will be up to ONE YEAR before I get my money back for canceled ticket.

Delta Still Awards Bonus SkyMiles for 20-Minute Luggage Delays!

Many people are taking their first trips since early 2020 (if not sometime in 2019). If you fall into that category, it’s easy to forget some of the usual tricks and hacks that were once part of your travel habits. One worth remembering (at least for Delta Air Lines travelers) is Delta’s “Bags on Time” […]

Are you buying FIRST CLASS seats or an EXTRA SEAT in coach due to COVID?

Are you buying FIRST CLASS seats or an EXTRA SEAT in coach due to COVID?

“Like Being Lost in Space” — Spirit Employees Detail Their Experiences from Last Week’s Epic Meltdown

Most of us heard several horror stories from passengers affected by the Spirit Airlines operational meltdown. But what was it like for the pilots and cabin crews? Plus, the NTSB has a warning for people traveling with lap children.

Rent a Real Housewives’ House for Just $100 a Night

I can’t tell a Real Houswife of a New York from a Real Housewife of Fargo. But even I am tempted to jump on the opportunity to rent RHONY cast member Dorinda Medley’s mansion on Airbnb.

Delta Banana Bread Breakfast Box: Inflight Food Review!

I flew from Los Angeles to Minneapolis-St. Paul and sat in Delta’s first class cabin the other day, thanks to a complimentary Medallion upgrade. This was a morning flight — so we received breakfast. Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, Delta significantly pared down its meal options. In June, the airline announced the reintroduction of hot meals […]

Neat: Online Delta One Transcon Menus at MyDeltaMenu.com

Neat: Online Delta One Transcon Menus at MyDeltaMenu.com

Chase Announces Several Additions to the Sapphire Preferred and Sapphire Reserve Cards!

The Chase Sapphire Preferred and Chase Sapphire Reserve cards are received a host of new features and benefits! Plus, Chase also announced three locations for its new Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club! But don’t worry: Chase said this morning that annual fees will not be affected. Chase Sapphire Preferred Changes Here are the changes: 10% […]

Quick Update on the MSP G Concourse Delta Sky Club

We talked last year about Delta’s plans to add an 18,000 square foot Sky Club on the G concourse at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). The lounge was originally supposed to open in 2021.

Waiting for Delta Diamond Medallion Global Upgrades? How to Get Them to Clear Faster (Or at All)!

Waiting for Delta Diamond Medallion Global Upgrades? How to get them to clear faster (or at all)!

A Couple of Lessons Many Travelers Can Learn from the Spirit Airlines Debacle

Many of us saw images this past week of weary, frustrated travelers whose trips were wrecked because of Spirit Airline’s assorted problems. Some people spent nights in airports because Spirit wouldn’t pony up for a hotel — or travelers couldn’t afford the rates hotels were charging. More than a few customers had to arrange other […]

Travel Agent Detained for Allegedly Smoking a Cigarette Onboard a Flight

It sounds like someone was a pain in the ash. A travel agent was purportedly handcuffed to a wheelchair and detained after she allegedly smoked a cigarette on board an Aeroflot flight.

Bad Day: Man Flies to Wrong Rochester — Just After Being Robbed (But There’s a Happy Ending)

A man traveled from India to the wrong Rochester — shortly after he was robbed. But it was there where he met an “airport angel.” Plus, take a virtual ride on the “first roller coaster at sea.”

Delta Air Lines Gave Away Free Flights on Twitter?!

This might inspire you to take part in a social media contest sometime: Delta Air Lines apparently gave away free flights to at least fours pairs of people during a Twitter promotion Wednesday.

Quick Reminder: Make Sure Statement Credits are Actually Applied to Your Credit Card Accounts!

Credit card companies are usually pretty good about automatically applying statement credits to your account. But every now and then, something gets glitchy or doesn’t code correctly. That’s what happened with my mother-in-law’s TSA PreCheck benefit on The Platinum Card® from American Express.

Tweet About $28.50 Beer at LaGuardia Sparks Audit of New York Airport Concession Prices!

Restaurants and stores at New York’s three major airports are reportedly facing an internal audit — after someone tweeted an image of a LaGuardia bar charging nearly $30 for a glass of Sam Adams beer. Plus, Delta apparently won’t require its passengers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 (at least not yet). Ed Bastian explained why. […]

Earn Up to 15,000 Bonus SkyMiles with Your Delta American Express Card (Targeted? Enrollment Required)

A new Amex Offer gives Delta Amex cardholders the opportunity to earn up to 15,000 bonus SkyMiles.

I Just Won Unclaimed Bonus Points From Southwest’s Wanna Get Away Day! (Were You a Winner, Too?)

A fun surprise showed up in my email inbox this afternoon. 

U.S. Bank Introduced a New No-Annual-Fee Credit Card with 3% Cashback Earnings!

US Bank just launched a credit card that looks rather intriguing: the U.S. Bank Triple Cash Rewards Visa Business Card carries no annual fee, features several 3% cashback categories, and cardholders can earn a $100 software subscription credit.

Chicago Seminars 2021 Update

We have an update on the 2021 Chicago Seminars.

Delta One Day (Saturday) Mileage Run: Phoenix (PHX) to Philadelphia (PHL): 6,544 MQM at 3.1 CPM

  If you live in (or can get to) Phoenix, here’s a relatively cheap and fast way to earn over 6,500 MQM during a single Saturday.

Comparing Amex’s Fine Hotels + Resorts vs Chase’s Luxury Hotels & Resorts at Delano Las Vegas

We used a Las Vegas trip to experience both Amex’s Fine Hotels + Resorts and Chase’s Luxury Hotel & Resorts programs. We stayed at Delano Las Vegas.

Progressive’s “Dr. Rick” Airport Commercial: Have I Turned Into My Parents?!

Progressive Insurance’s “Dr. Rick” commercial series is hilarious. Well, until you realize you’re the one they’re laughing at. And the new ad taking aim at some people’s travel habits hits pretty hard. 

Vegas Nearly Launched a Titanic-Themed Resort?!

I have a morbid curiosity and am always fascinated by the macabre. But a Titanic-themed resort in Las Vegas made even me say, “Wow, really?”

Review: Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel South Beach Miami

A gorgeous beach, nice pool area, and major resort fees are some of the features we encountered during a stay at the Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel South Beach Miami.

Crocodile Attacks Guest at a Marriott Resort — and Earns the Property a One-Star Review

A Marriott resort guest torched the property in a Tripadvisor review. Her beef? Well, it seems she was involved in a crocodile attack.

To Take or Cancel Your Delta Mileage Runs? That is THE Question

Minutes after publishing our post about Delta Air Lines extending elite status into 2023, we received a lot of questions from anxious travelers wondering what to do about their (booked and paid) for mileage runs to maximize their Delta elite status.

Why Couples and Larger Families Should Get the IHG Premier Credit Card Now

I’ve long said the IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card is a great card for families. No, the everyday spending bonus categories aren’t much to get excited about. But the card is packed with family-friendly perks and benefits. So while I expect to get pummeled in the Comments section, let’s take a look at why I think […]

Travel Once or Twice a Year? Here’s Why You Might Need an Airline’s Credit Card

A family member really didn’t want to apply for a new credit card. She made that clear the other day while visiting our house. “And I’m always checking a bag,” she said. “I don’t want to shlep my suitcase onto a plane and deal with all that. But baggage fees get expensive.”

[Deal Expired] Make $200 and Earn Points with a New Coin Deal!

The US Mint is releasing is a limited edition American Eagle Four-Coin Set — and PFS Buyers Club is offering $200.05 commissions for each set sold to them.

Delta Extends Elite Status Through January 2023

Delta Air Lines is giving Medallion members another year to breathe a little easier.

Delta Million Miler Status added as Medallion Upgrade Tie-Breaker

Delta Million Miler Status added as Medallion Upgrade Tie-Breaker

Save $20 (Or More!): Smartphone Gimbal and Tripod!

I just scored a great deal on a new gimbal-tripod combo for my iPhone — and wanted to share it with you in case you’re interested, too!

The Good and the Bad From Delta Air Lines during COVID – What Will Stick and What Will Go?

What are some of the good and bad changes Delta Air Lines made as a result of COVID? And which ones might stay?

A Whitney Houston Concert Residency Is Coming to Las Vegas. Need a Camper? You Can Buy Tom Hanks’ Custom Airstream

A Whitney Houston show is coming to the Las Vegas Strip. But it won’t feature an impersonator. No, no. A hologram of the late singer will perform her greatest hits. Did you jump on board the camping craze during the early days of the COVID pandemic? If you want to upgrade, Tom Hanks is auctioning […]

[UPDATED WITH WINNERS] SWAG Saturday: Win Four Delta Drink Tickets (Four Winners!)

UPDATED: A couple more Medallion members offered drink tickets. Everyone wins! Several Delta Medallions got in touch with me and said they have some Delta drink tickets expiring on July 31. However, they won’t be able to use the tickets. They generously offered them for raffle prizes. So if you have a Delta flight coming up […]

Atlanta Airport Piano Player Earns Much-Needed $60,000 in Tips — Thanks to Strangers’ Kindness

A piano player inside Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport made $60,000 worth of tips — for a vital medical treatment — thanks to a social media influencer and his followers.

No-Annual-Fee Membership Rewards Card Boosts Its Welcome Bonus!

We’re often asked if there’s a no-annual-fee American Express Membership Rewards card. After all, most of Amex’s Membership Rewards cards are known for their flashy, metallic cards and array of travel and lifestyle benefits. But there is indeed a no-annual-fee Membership Rewards card. And Amex just introduced a new welcome bonus for it!

Delta Sending Gift Cards to Million Milers. Adds Annual Complimentary Diamond Medallion Status at 6 Million Miles!

Delta Sending Gift Cards to Million Milers. Adds Annual Complimentary Diamond Medallion Status at 6 Million Miles!

Renovate, Scrap, or Sink: The Iconic Queen Mary Faces an Uncertain Future

The classic cruise liner Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, has apparently turned into a money pit abyss. And now the city must decide what to do with the famous ship. One solution? Sink her — and turn the vessel into an artificial reef.

Delta Single Saturday Elite Mileage Run: Miami (MIA) to New York-LaGuardia (LGA): 5,428 MQM at 2.4 CPM

We came across a quick Delta mileage run for folks in the Miami area. It’s a hop up to New York-LaGuardia and then back.

My Wife’s New Passport Arrived — Here’s How Long it Took

Our mailbox greeted us with a rather pleasant surprise this past weekend: my wife’s new passport.

Someone’s Gotta Do It: A Travel Sex Survey Releases Its Findings

A new study reveals how people’s sexual attitudes and practices change when they travel.

BREAKING: SkyBonus Extends Expiring Points into 2022 and Waives Program Minimums This Year

Delta Air Lines just announced something that may help SkyBonus members breathe a little easier.

Were Improvements Made to the Delta Diamond Medallion Help Line?

Long wait times to speak to a Delta phone representative — only to receive subpar service weren’t exactly uncommon during the past several months.

Business Class Mileage Run — Los Angeles (LAX) to Madrid (MAD) During Thanksgiving Weekend: ~$5745 Delta MQD and 21,626 MQM!

Don’t have any plans or commitments for Thanksgiving weekend 2021? Need some Delta MQD and MQM? You might be interested in this AeroMexico business class run from Los Angeles (LAX) to Madrid (MAD).

Elite Status, Weekend Nights, and More: Comparing the Hilton Amex Cards

There are four cobranded American Express – Hilton credit cards. How are they different? How are they similar? Which is best for you? I created a table below comparing and contrasting each card’s major points earnings, travel perks, and more. After that, we’ll briefly go over some of the things to consider.

Delta First Class (Delta One!) Elite Mileage Run — Las Vegas (LAS) to San Juan (SJU): 20,226 MQM at 4.8 CPM!

Need some Delta MQM? Check out this Delta first class elite mileage run with two flights in Delta One from Las Vegas (LAS) to San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU).

Delta Elite WEEKEND Mileage Run — New York (JFK) to Fairbanks (FAI): 11,684 MQM at 2.7 CPM

Here’s a great opportunity for New York area Delta SkyMiles members to earn a bunch of MQM during a long Saturday — traveling to Fairbanks, Alaska and back!

Here’s Why I Think Delta Might Roll Over Status and MQM Again

We’re often asked if Delta Air Lines will roll over all SkyMiles members MQM and any elite status — just as it did last year. When Delta announced the 50%-75% elite status bonuses earlier this year, I figured that was the airline’s solution to make status chasers happy. The bonuses and making award tickets eligible […]

Delta Reserve Amex Cardholders Now Have Escape Lounge Access!

There’s a new perk for Delta Reserve Amex members: complimentary admission to Escape Lounges in the United States.

Delta Air Lines Not Amused By the “Delta” Variant. $73K Per Passenger Cruise Sells Out in Three Hours

Can you blame them? Delta apparently doesn’t enjoy the dark humor of a COVID-19 strain coincidentally bearing the airline’s name. So what do they call it?

Reporter: Delta Flight Attendant Said Serving Alcohol is More Important Than Enforcing Mask Mandates

A Delta Air Lines flight attendant allegedly told a reporter that serving drinks to first class passengers is her most important job — even more crucial than mask mandate enforcement.

Fly Delta App 5.10 Live – You Will Soon Need Android 11 to Run the Airline’s App!

Fly Delta App 5.10 Live – You Will Soon Need Android 11 to Run the Airlines App!

Delta’s Website and App Now Display “Accelerated” MQM and MQD Totals — Kind Of

Delta Air Lines announced in March that SkyMiles members may earn 50%-75% elite qualifying bonuses from eligible flights flown through the rest of 2021 (even on award tickets!). The airline dubbed this the Medallion “Accelerator.” But Delta originally said that MQD and MQM bonuses wouldn’t be reflected on an itinerary’s check-out/payment page. If you wanted […]

WATCH: Woman Screams As She’s Escorted Off a Ship After Testing Positive for COVID-19

A Bronx woman was none too happy about her removal from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship — after she tested positive for COVID-19

Limited Time: Two Hilton Amexes Offering $100 Statement Credits for New Cardmembers!

A pair of Hilton co-branded American Express cards now feature $100 statement credits as part of their welcome promotions. And another waives its annual fee for the first year.

5 Takeaways From Yesterday’s Delta Earnings Call

Delta Air Lines held its second-quarter 2022 earnings call yesterday. The airline reported a profit of $652 million — including that little $1.5 billion in federal aid. CEO Ed Bastian led the call, with several Delta corporate brass adding their two cents here and there. Here are some topics they covered that I think you […]

Chicago (ORD) to Quito (UIO) Business Class Run: Projected ~$3024 MQD for $786!

We came across a great AeroMexico mileage run from Chicago O’Hare to Quito, Ecuador. It can earn you over $3,000 MQD — and costs only $786.

Delta Moves Terminals at Burbank Airport

Here’s some news for my fellow Los Angeles-area Delta Air Lines flyers.

My Family’s Plan for Delta Status in 2022

My wife and I recently settled on a Delta Medallion status plan for 2022. 

Delta Will Add More A350s and 737-900s to Its Fleet

More A350s and 737-900s will find homes in the Delta Air Lines fleet. Plus, Austin’s airport is getting a big facelift.

CONFIRMED: American Express KEEPING Delta SkyMiles as a Membership Rewards Transfer Partner

The travel and points blogosphere is abuzz with speculation that Delta SkyMiles will no longer be an American Express Membership Rewards points transfer partner.

My Lyft Driver (Almost) Dropped Us Off at the Wrong Airport

Just because you’re a rideshare passenger doesn’t necessarily mean your driver knows where they’re going. 

Oh, Crap: 17 Million Gallons of Sewage Spilled Near LAX

LAX may smell more interesting than usual: 17 million gallons of untreated sewage spilled into the Pacific Ocean — from a plant near the iconic airport.

Delta Elite Mileage Run: Orlando (MCO) to Los Angeles (LAX) — 8,586 MQM at 2.3 CPM

You folks living in Orlando (or who can position there from another city) get some pretty decent Delta mileage runs. We just found another good one: a trip to Los Angeles (LAX) projected to earn 8,596 MQM for just over $200!

Hurry – Only a Few Hours Left to Get Sweet Dell Laptop Deal with Many Stacked Amex Discount Offers!

Hurry – Only a few hours left to get sweet Dell laptop deal with many stacked Amex discount offers!

Calm Down: Don’t Cancel Your Amex Platinum Card Just Yet

American Express made several notable changes to its signature The Platinum Card® from American Express. One adjustment was Amex raising the card’s annual fee from $550 to $695. (See Rates and Fees). That’s a chunk of change.

Chase Freedom Flex vs. Chase Freedom Unlimited: Which is Better For You?

We’re frequently asked, “Which card is better? The Chase Freedom Unlimited and Chase Freedom Flex? Which one do you think I should get?” Both cards brought back welcome offers awarding new cardmembers  5% cashback (initially as 5X Ultimate Rewards) on grocery store purchases on up to $12,000 spent in the first year (Target and Walmart purchases […]

Fear and Fright on an American Airlines Flight. Child Reportedly Bitten by a Rabid Fox at Busch Gardens.

Well. The 19th month of 2020 is in full effect. Some American Airlines passengers experienced a terrifying event on a flight from LAX to Miami. And a rabid fox at Busch Gardens bit a young boy.

Addressing Some Concerns About This Blog’s Rebranding

We’ve received dozens of messages about our rebranding from Rene’s Points to Eye of the Flyer.

Whoops! Private Yacht Collides With a Cruise Boat [VIDEO]

Travelers enjoying a day of sun and sea abord a boat got to see a luxury yacht. But here’s the problem — the two vessels collided off the Greek coast. 

Los Angeles to Tel Aviv Mileage Run: ~$4613 MQD and 23,065 MQM in Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy!

Our friends at Juicy Miles were kind enough to share this LAX to Tel Aviv mileage run earning Delta MQM, MQD, and SkyMiles!

The Mistake a Friend Learned the Hard Way During His Connection in Mexico

A good friend of mine just returned from an AeroMexico business class mileage run/mini-vacation to Europe. (No, this is not about René or me.) He stayed three nights, enjoyed great food, and had a good time. Until he got home to the United States. And his luggage wasn’t at baggage claim.

Tennessee Offering $250 Airline Credits for You to Visit the State.

Want to take a trip to Tennessee? The state may pick up some (or all) of your airfare.

Chicago to Amsterdam Business Class Mini-Vacation for Delta MQM and MDQ: ~$5924 MQD and 22,438 MQM for $1682

We found a fun Delta partner “mileage run” (more like a mini-vacation) from Chicago to Amsterdam.  And this trip may be especially appealing for Chicago Seminars attendees.

Shop Small 50% Cash Back Returns on Amex Logo / Branded Third Party Cards.

If you have been around the points game for a while, you fondly remember that American Express rolls out the “Shop Small” promotion each November.

WATCH: Passenger Puts Bare Foot on Someone’s Armest — and Receives a Wet Punishment

  Don’t you hate it when someone uses your airplane seat’s armest as their personal footstool? Imagine if the offending passenger kicked up their bare feet. That happened to one man — and he had a rather wet solution that seemed to work.

Several Hotels Are Running Credit Card Statement Credit Promotions Right Now

Looking to save a few bucks on some upcoming hotel stays? We found a few Amex Offers that may help you out.

Delta SkyBonus Members: Call and Ask if Your Expiring Points Will Roll Over to 2022. Here’s Why.

If you have a Delta SkyBonus account and points expiring at the end of 2021, you may want to take a few minutes and give them a call. Why?

Ugly: Welcome Pickups Adds 20% Penalty on Booking Cancellations!

Ugly: Welcome Pickups Adds 20% Penalty on Booking Cancellations!

Delta Shelled Out $180,000 in Vouchers for ONE Oversold Flight? African Plane Receives Exorcism.

Fellow Boarding Area blogger (and wonderful photographer, I might add) Andy Luten was scheduled to take a Delta Air Lines flight from Minneapolis to Iceland. But it was oversold. By a lot. Plus, a flight in Africa received an exorcism from voodoo priests — after it was struck by lightning.

Dell Black Friday in July: a FANTASTIC Opportunity to Use Your Amex Business Platinum’s Dell Statement Credit!

Head over to Dell’s website now if you hold The Business Platinum Card® from American Express. Dell is hosting a great “Black Friday in July” sale today — and you can score some pretty great merchandise for nice prices when you stack Amex benefits and cashback.

Minor Change to the Amex Business Platinum Card

I’m not gonna lie. When I heard that changes were coming to The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, I was worried.

They’re Back: Grocery Store Bonuses for New Chase Freedom Flex and Freedom Unlimited Members!

Chase brought back a popular welcome offer for its no-annual-fee Chase Freedom Unlimited and Chase Freedom Flex cards.

Right Now is the Best Ever Opportunity for a Delta Status Match!

Do you have elite status with another airline — but want to jump ship and become a Delta Medallion? Now is the perfect chance. Why?

Big Amex Platinum News: Huge Welcome Offer, Annual Fee Hike, New Statement Credits, and More

The Platinum Card® from American Express has been the subject of numerous rumors during the past several months. Would Amex jack the card’s already substantial annual fee? What would happen to the Platinum Card’s array of statement credits? Well, we now know.

Welcome to Eye of the Flyer!

I’m proud to introduce you to our blog’s new brand: Eye of the Flyer!

The End of Rene’s Points

This is the last ever Rene’s Points post. In just a few hours, I flip a switch. So what happens then?

RANT: Note Left on a Delta CRJ-200 Parked in the Desert!

RANT: Note Left on a Delta CRJ200 when parked in the desert!

How Many of “America’s Deadliest National Parks” Have You Visited?

How is this not (yet?) a TruTV show or something I’d find on Discovery+? Two lists detail America’s deadliest national parks.

Pursuing Delta Status? Here’s Why You Might Want to Jump on the Chase Sapphire’s Preferred’s 100,000 Point Offer. 

If you’re currently chasing Delta Medallion status right now — or plan to as soon as 2022 starts — it might behoove you to take advantage of the Chase Sapphire Preferred’s 100,000 Ultimate Rewards bonus point promotion. Why?

Does a New Contest Reveal How Much IHG Values Rewards Club Points?

IHG is running a contest — and the winner receives 15 million Rewards Club points. But the terms and conditions seemingly reveal IHG’s valuation of its own points.

Southwest Doesn’t Have Enough Aircraft? Venice is in Danger?

Southwest’s outgoing CEO reportedly thinks his airline doesn’t have enough planes to continue its existing travel model. (That certainly puts expansion in limbo, huh?) Plus, Venice might be added to UNESCO’s “World Heritage in Danger” List.

[UPDATE: WE HAVE A WINNER!] Win a Hanging Toiletry Bag, RFID-Blocking Slim Wallet, and Two Delta Drink Tickets!

Congratulations to DL, who won the Random.org drawing. He was comment #44 and likes Nashville because of the music venues. Excellent choice! Many people are starting to travel (or at least plan trips) right now. So it’s a great time to give away some helpful travel supplies!

Why My Wife and I Are Done Using Our Delta Amex Cards (Well, For This Year)

My wife and I decided to put our respective Delta Amexes in the proverbial sock drawer for the rest of 2021. We’re both well short of the $25,000 Delta Amex MQD waiver and our Status Boost bonus MQM spend levels. Here’s what’s up.

Aloha! Hawaii Dropping COVID-19 Testing Requirement for Fully Vaccinated Travelers!

Hawaii Governor David Ige announced today that certain travelers fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not need to present negative coronavirus tests prior to their Aloha State-bound flights.

Hard Liquor and Hard Time: Former Prison to Feature Cocktail Bar and Hostels

Nothing says “ambiance” like a cocktail lounge and hostel at an old prison where inmates drowned and were tortured.

Bittersweet: My Daughter Returns to Pre-School. But Her School Gave Us a Great Points Opportunity!

May I share some news that fellow points-and-miles enthusiasts will understand?

Woman Gives Birth in Airport Restroom, Names Baby After the Destination’s Three-Digit Code

A baby was born inside an airport restroom Sunday. And the new mom named her little girl after the airport’s three-letter IATA and FAA code.

Delta First/Business Class Mileage Run — New York (JFK) to Kona, Hawaii (KOA): ~26,694 MQM at 6 CPM!

Live on the East Coast but want to grab dinner in Hawaii? How about during a trip involving two flights in a lie-flat bed? 

Renewed Your Passport? Remember to Update Your Global Entry Profile! (I Speak from Experience)

Some travel practices seem obvious, basic, and elementary that we sometimes overlook them. That’s how I learned you must update your Global Entry profile whenever you renew your passport.

“New Disney Hack” — Wear “Inappropriate” Clothing and Get a Free Shirt?

Want to save money on some new clothes at Disney World?

10-11% Cashback at Dell Today! (Use with Amex Offer and Business Platinum Credits!)

A pair of our favorite cashback portals are offering increased awards today for purchases made on Dell’s website. This is especially important for folks holding The Business Platinum Card® from American Express and/or some other American Express cards.

The Links We’re Using to Find #AmazonPrimeDay Deals

We curated our own bookmarks so we can easily find Amazon Prime Day deals. Because you and we are probably interested in the same things, we want to share them with you! So here are the pages we’re using to narrow down Amazon Prime Day deals. We hope you find them helpful!

Travelpro and Other Luggage Brands: Discounted During #AmazonPrimeDay!

Need some new carry-on or larger suitcases as your travels get underway again? A bunch of ’em are on sale during Amazon Prime Day. (My personal favorite brand — Travelpro — has a couple of different options available.)

Amazon Prime Day: 52% Off These Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones!

So many travelers love noise-canceling headphones — especially with Bluetooth connectivity. If that’s you — or you know someone who needs a new pair of headphones — check out this great Amazon Prime Day deal for Sony’s WHXB900N headphones.

Chicago Seminars 2021 Officially Announced for This October!

The 2021 Chicago Seminars are officially going to happen. UPDATED, August 17: The event will take place online.

Crazy Stories from Luxury Hotel Workers. Concealed Weapons on the Rise at Disney World.

Big tips, drug dealers, prostitutes, and $2 million checkout folios. Those are some of the tawdry details in a piece about the wildest things some luxury hotel employees have experienced. Plus, Disney World is reportedly seeing an influx of — concealed weapons?

Delta Elite Mileage Run: Los Angeles (LAX) to Miami (MIA) via JFK Both Ways — 10,695 MQM at 2.8 CPM!

Los Angeles-area flyers (or those who can position to LAX) looking to scoop up a bunch of MQM might want to jump on this Delta mileage run we just found.

Delta Elite Mileage Run: Orlando (MCO) to Seattle (SEA) via LAX: 8,586 MQM at 2.8 CPM!

Our friends at Juicy Miles tipped us off to this Delta mileage run from Orlando (MCO) to Seattle (SEA) via Los Angeles (LAX) that can get SkyMiles members 8,586 MQM for only $240.

Someone Asked Me “What’s the Best Credit Card?” Here’s How I Responded

My wife and I met some new friends last week during a neighbor’s backyard get-together. We’ll call them “Jack” and “Jill.” (We want to protect the innocent, after all. 🙂 ) Jack asked me a question I’m often posed in radio interviews, emails, text messages, meetings and appointments, and casual conversations: “What’s the best credit […]

The Ultimate Revenge Trip: Women Discover They’re Allegedly Dating the Same Man — Then Abandon Him During a Trip to Turkey

There’s been a lot of talk about the term “revenge travel.” But one story takes the term to a whole ‘nother level.

Delta Elite Mileage Run: Austin (AUS) to Los Angeles (LAX) via Atlanta (ATL) — 8,274 MQM at 2.9 CPM!

Austin-based SkyMiles members can score a bunch of MQM for a pretty decent price during this same-day Delta mileage run to Los Angeles.

Amex is Putting a Centurion Lounge in Atlanta!

Atlanta will be home to an American Express Centurion Lounge!

CLEAR Expands Digital Vaccine “Passport” Availability to Anyone with CDC Card?

We recently wrote about CLEAR giving some members the ability to create a digital COVID-19 vaccine “passport” or proof of vaccination. But several readers were frustrated that government-provided vaccinations were not eligible for the feature. That seems to have changed, though.

Important Reminder: Don’t Lose Your Delta Medallion Rollover MQMs – Start Planning NOW!

Important Reminder: Don’t Lose Your Delta Medallion Rollover MQMs – Start Planning NOW!

Lyft Pink Extensions for Some Chase Sapphire Reserve Cardholders?

The complimentary one-year Lyft Pink subscription that’s part of my Chase Sapphire Reserve perks was set to expire tomorrow.

Dell Amex Offer: Save 10% on Purchases — and Stack with Statement Credits, Other Offers, and Cashback Portals!

A new Dell Amex Offer is available and allows The Business Platinum Card® from American Express members a great opportunity to save a chunk of money.

Delta First/Business Class Mileage Run (Delta One!): New York (JFK) to Bogota, Colombia (BOG): ~13,994 MQM at 4 CPM!

Need to scoop up some MQM at a decent price? How about in Delta One during an overnight mileage run from JFK to Bogota?

My Equally Amazing and Disappointing First Ever Delta A220 Ride [Summer 2021]

My Equally Amazing and Disappointing First Ever Delta A220 Ride – Summer 2021

Pranksters are “Scaring” Sydney-Bound Passengers Into Thinking They Arrived in Perth. Cheaper to Rent a U-Haul Than a Car?

A harmless prank is momentarily tricking some passengers into believing they’re about to land somewhere other than their intended destination. Plus, one man opted to get himself a U-Haul — because it was cheaper than getting a rental car.

Uber Comfort Cars – This is an Upcharge I am Happy to Pay Extra When Available.

Uber Comfort Cars – This is an Upcharge I am Happy to Pay Extra When Available.

Atlanta (ATL) to Fairbanks (FAI) Delta Class Mileage Run: 10,954 MQM at 2.7 CPM

I know it’s early Thursday/late Wednesday night — but Juicy Miles‘ SkyTeam and Delta expert Miles Jackson just sent me this hot find for Atlanta hub-captive Rene’s Points readers.

Minneapolis (MSP) to Phoenix (PHX) Delta Single-Day, Weekend Mileage Run: 3828 MQM at 3.8 CPM

This Delta mileage run isn’t exactly a barnburner– but I’m happy we found something for our hub-captive friends in Minneapolis!

Delta E-Gift Card Promotion at Kroger!

Kroger is running a promotion right now for Delta gift cards:

These Cards May Come in Very Helpful During AeroMexico Mileage Runs

When we search for mileage runs, we aim for trips that are both low-priced and short in duration. Sometimes there’s a trade-off. The great prices occasionally require staying a night (or two) somewhere. You might spend a night in your run’s destination or a connecting city. (Rarely, it’s both.) We’ve blogged some AeroMexico runs that […]

New York Kennedy (JFK) to Quito, Ecuador (UIO) Business Class Mileage Run: $3239 Delta MQD and 12,148 MQM!

The New York to Quito AeroMexico mileage runs are back!

Business Class WEEKEND Mileage Run for Delta MQD: San Francisco (SFO) to Madrid (MAD) — Projected $6000 MQD and 22,650 MQM

We came across another AeroMexico business class mileage run to Madrid!

[UPDATED WITH DELTA COMMENT] Frustrating: Problems With Correct MQM, MQD, and MQS Totals on Delta Award Tickets

We wrote last week about problems getting correct MQM, MQD, and MQS credit on Delta Air Lines reservations involving Regional Upgrade Certificates (RUC) or Global Upgrade Certificates (GUC). René had this issue — and had to call the Diamond Medallion line to fix his tickets (a number of times for the last one). Then reader […]

CLEAR Now Offers Proof of Vaccination (For Some Medical Providers)

CLEAR now offers members a way to digitally store their vaccination records — something that could be very handy when traveling to destinations requiring proof of COVID-19 jabs.

Pandora Amex Offer: Music to Your Ears?

American Express and Pandora teamed up for an Amex Offer that can save subscribers about ten bucks on a subscription.

WOW: 4.2 CPM Delta First/Business Class Mileage Run (Delta One!): San Diego to San Juan

We just found a pretty fantastic Delta mileage run from San Diego to San Juan, Puerto Rico — and one itinerary features a flight scheduled in Delta One!

Delta First/Business Class Elite Mileage Run: Projected 27,272 MQM — Orlando (MCO) to Lihue (LIH) at 5 CPM!

Delta SkyMiles members in the southeast can quickly score a bunch of MQM on this Orlando (MCO) to Lihue, Kauai (LIH) elite mileage run. (Perhaps Atlanta-based travelers can reposition to/from MCO for this one?) 

Delta First/Business Class Elite Mileage Run: Los Angeles (LAX) to Lihue (LIH) via Seattle (SEA) — Projected ~19,190 MQM at 5.2 CPM

Aloha! Here’s a pretty nice Delta mileage run for those not chasing MQD this year. (Maybe you’re cool with the Delta Amex Platinum MQD waiver — and/or plan to roll over a ton of MQM into 2022.)

First Look: The New Delta “Satellite” Sky Club at LAX T2

The space formerly known as the Virgin Clubhouse in LAX’s Terminal 2 is now a Delta Sky Club. Mrs. Carley and I visited the other day and had a chance to look around.

I Need YOUR Help and Advice, Please!

We often receive helpful emails and blog comments from our readers advising us of post tips or mileage runs others may find helpful. And now I wonder if you have good ideas for a situation I often encounter.

Delta Flight from LAX Diverted Because of an Unruly Passenger. Great News for (Some) Madrid Mileage Runners: Spain is Ready for Vaccinated Travelers.

A Delta flight from LAX to Nashville was diverted Friday after a passenger tried to break into the cockpit. Some travelers taking a Madrid mileage run (or two or…) can breathe a little easier: Spain will soon accept fully vaccinated Americans. And speaking of Spain, Airbnb is celebrating the 25th anniversary of “Macarena” with Los […]

Kimpton New Summer 2021 Secret Social Password is “No More Sweatpants”- #ProTip Always Try!

Kimpton New Summer 2021 Secret Social Password is “No More Sweatpants”- #ProTip Always Try!

My First Ride Back In The Air Since FEB2020 – Yep – I Flew Just for Dinner & Back!

My First Ride Back In The Air Since FEB2020 – Yep – I Flew Just for Dinner & Back!

Alert: 2022 Delta Medallion Status Accelerator Points Issue With Regional or Global Upgrade Certs!

Using Regional Upgrade Certificates (RUC) or Global Upgrade Certificates (GUC) on your Delta Air Lines flights this year? You might have to wait a while to receive MQM, MQD, MQS, and SkyMiles.

Delta Mileage Run: Seattle (SEA) to Austin (AUS): ~7135 MQM for $160! (2.2 CPM) SINGLE DAY!

Delta SkyMiles members in Seattle can pick up over 7100 MQM in a single day — during a very affordable mileage run to Austin, Texas!

Chicago to Paris — Business Class Long Weekend Mini-Vacation Run: ~$5920 MQD, 22,400 MQM, 29,900 SkyMiles!

AeroMexico has pretty decent fares for long weekend trips from Chicago O’Hare to Paris. And the prices are currently available from July through December! Plus, the trip is projected to earn over $5900 MQD and 22,400 MQD when credited to a Delta SkyMiles account!

Delano Las Vegas Stay Well Suite — and Why We Won’t Use Amex FHR to Stay at Delano Anymore [Review]

We just returned from our first family trip in about a year and a half. Where did we go? Las Vegas, of course. I was invited to attend the opening of a new Dick’s Last Resort restaurant at Neonopolis in downtown Las Vegas. My wife and daughter decided to tag along for the trip while […]

Disneyland to Serve a $100 Sandwich. Line-Cutter Sparks Water Park Brawl.

Disneyland will serve hungry diners a sandwich costing a mere $100. (Bring friends to help you eat it — and split the check!) Plus, it’s not just air-rage that’s well, all the rage these days. Some waterpark guests threw down after someone apparently tried cutting ahead in line. (No, the waterpark wasn’t named “Spirit.”)

Hey, Southwest: Don’t Punish Everyone Because of a Few Jerks

As someone who attended survived 13 years of Catholic school (K-12), I’m no stranger to experiencing group punishment. I’m not a huge fan of the concept, nor the practice. Perhaps Southwest Airlines went to the same schools I did. The Airline of Love just reversed course on a fairly big announcement. It originally announced it […]

FINAL DAYS: Monthly Credit Card Statement Credits for May 2021

Precious few days remain in May. We’re approaching a holiday weekend during which you might be able to take advantage of your monthly statement credits on some credit cards — or be so busy you forget all about them! It could be a shame if you let them go to waste, so let’s run down […]

Should Delta Flyers Worry About AeroMexico Flights After the FAA’s Downgrade?

We’ve received plenty of comments, emails, Tweets, social media DMs, and homing pigeon messages since the FAA downgraded Mexico’s safety rating from Category 1 to Category 2. Some Delta SkyMiles members rely on AeroMexico mileage runs to help them rack up MQD and MQM. And given that AeroMexico is, y’know, a Mexican airline (in a […]

I Volunteered to Be a Royal Caribbean Test Cruise Passenger! (Am I Crazy?)

Royal Caribbean was cleared to operate a test cruise — and I volunteered to be a guinea passenger.

Delta Single Day Mileage Run: Orlando (MCO) to Los Angeles (LAX) — 6651 MQM (Projected) at 3.1 CPM

Delta SkyMiles members living in Orlando (or who can get there) can snag over 6500 MQM in a single day during a mileage run to Los Angeles.

Delta Sky Club MSP Breakfast Buffet (Central Concourse – F/G Intersection)

Fellow Boarding Area blogger Gary Leff noted on Sunday that self-serve buffets have kind of returned to Delta Sky Clubs. My family visited the Delta Sky Club in MSP’s main concourse yesterday. We sampled the breakfast presentation and products.

PSA: Global Entry Wait Times are LONG – You Can Renew 364 Days Before Expiration Date

PSA: Global Entry Wait Times are LONG – You Can Renew 364 Days Before Expiration Date

You’re a “Dope” if You Think Business Travel Isn’t Coming Back (Expedia’s Boss Says So!). Puerto Rico Opening Up to Vaxxed Travelers

Expedia’s Barry Diller has some harsh words for people who didn’t think business travel will return. Plus, vaccinated travelers can add another destination to their list of available places to visit.

Big Money-Saver: Wine and Liquor Bottle Protectors Made for Travelers!

Bringing your own wine or liquor can save you a bunch of money when you travel to certain locations. For example, drinks in Las Vegas are ridiculously expensive; it’s cheaper to enjoy some cocktails in your room (and/or head up back up there for a refill). I also know people who pack gin and whiskey […]

Why (and How) to Book Delta Air Lines Partner Mileage Runs

We recently posted a couple of AeroMexico mileage runs. Then we received lots of questions and comments. Based on that feedback — as well as some informal polling I conducted among friends and family — it’s apparent that many people don’t understand why Delta Air Lines partner mileage runs can be so valuable. Frankly, that’s understandable […]

Book Tickets Now? Airfare Prices Are Likely to Increase Through at Least Next Month

Remember a few months ago when airlines used low prices to lure people back onto planes?

Our First Look: The Remodeled Amex Centurion Lounge in Las Vegas! [Review]

American Express finished its (much needed) expansion and remodel of The Centurion Lounge – Las Vegas at McCarran International Airport (LAS). My family visited a few days ago — and were very impressed. Well, most of us were. Here’s what the lounge looks like now — and what kind of experience you can expect during […]

Help with COVID Tests, Flight Changes, and Hotels: Perks of Using Juicy Miles to Book Your Mileage Runs

We’re excited that so many people found our recent mileage run posts quite helpful! We also received a bunch of questions about COVID testing requirements, where to get tested, and where to stay. And what happens if AeroMexico has a schedule change?! All those are fantastic questions and valid concerns.

Two Simple Gestures You Can Make to Help Families Who Travel

My wife, our daughter, and I just returned from our first family trip in a year and a half. That combined with an experience during my recent LAX-SLC day trip reminded me of a couple of very simple things people can do when encountering families who travel.

Vegas Players Club Card Helps Police Catch Murder Suspect. Big Waits for UK Travelers Who Mess Up Paperwork

Someone found out the hard way that it’s not smart to use your casino loyalty card while playing slots — if you’re a murder suspect. Plus, you must be very careful when completing your entry paperwork for the UK. Otherwise, you might find yourself being detained for a long interview.

Future Delta Employees Must Be Vaccinated, May Restrict Current Workers Who Refuse Inoculations

Delta Air Lines will require that new hires be vaccinated against COVID-19 — and current employees not getting the shot may face work limitations. Plus, LAX’s Theme Building celebrates a big birthday next month — but is it part of the airport’s big renovation plans?

My New #AvGeek Obsession (Beware: It’s Really Nerdy)

Fourteen months away from traveling inspired me to start a project I’ve threatened to undertake for a long time.

GREAT MQM Opportunity: Delta’s Alaska Flash Sale!

Delta Air Lines announced a fantastic SkyMiles promotion yesterday — and you could earn a boatload of MQM for insanely low redemption prices.

Autistic Woman Says Six Flags Bounced Her Because of Short Shorts

A woman with autism claims Six Flags told her to leave because she violated a theme park’s dress code. And the story takes a rather unsettling turn from there. Plus, break out the hairspray, leather, and makeup: the Monsters of Rock Cruise is coming back!

The New Delta Sky Club Salt Lake City [Review]

Delta Air Lines opened a Sky Club last fall inside the new Terminal A at Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC). Even though the lounge debuted about seven months ago, many of us are only now starting to travel again and haven’t had the opportunity to visit the club. So as far as we’re concerned, […]

How We Scored Complimentary Delta One Upgrades for Four Family Members and Myself — All on the Same Flight

My wife, daughter, in-laws, and I are trekking from cross-country for a wedding. We’re all on the same flights — and were upgraded free to Delta One. Here’s how.

What Worries Me Most About Travel Returning to “Normal” (Yes, I’m Looking at You, Anti-Vaxers!)

This will be my first month back in the air in what seems like forever. My trips will be limited and no matter what the local / state policies are (or are not) I will follow all the wise precautions recommended by the CDC. Even though I am fully vaccinated now and unlikely to spread […]

IHG Cuts 61 Hotels from its Portfolio. Reviewer Needed for Swanky Vegas Resorts.

IHG dropped the hammer on several dozen properties that apparently weren’t living up to the company’s standards. Plus, a company is hiring someone to review luxury Las Vegas resorts and casinos. Feeling lucky?

HURRY: New York JFK to Madrid Business Class Mileage Runs Combo: ~$12,000 MQD and 46,000+ MQM in JANUARY 2022!

Able to take a week off during January 2022? Can you get to/from New York’s JFK airport? Because we have a whopper of a mileage run find. The overall trip is expected to yield over $12,000 Delta MQD and 46,000 MQM.

Chicago to Madrid Business Class Mileage Run: ~$5854 Delta MQD and 22,000 MQM on AeroMexico!

Spain is scheduled to welcome tourists next month — which is great news because we found a very nice MQD run from Chicago O’Hare to Madrid for August!

How to Use Delta’s Website to Find Confirmed Upgrade Certificate Availability

Several readers contacted us for help using Delta.com to find confirmed upgrade availability. The feature is relatively new and a few more people are probably curious about how the process works. So let’s take a look!

Delta Getting a New Seattle Sky Club, Shuffling Gates with United?

According to two reports, Delta Air Lines is building a new Sky Club at Sea-Tac and relocating some of its operations at the Seattle airport.

Amex Centurion Lounge LAX: Quick Review (and How to Find the Lounge!)

A recent trip gave me the opportunity to visit the new American Express Centurion Lounge at LAX. And what a quick visit it was.

Woman Gives Birth During Delta Flight to Hawaii

A passenger’s unborn child apparently didn’t want to miss the fun of a trip to Hawaii: the little tot was born during the middle of a Delta flight to Honolulu! Plus, a man fell more than 100 feet while taking a selfie — and was saved by the ocean tide.

Flying Delta Through LAX? Read This First

Delta Air Lines is making several impressive improvements to LAX. Like, rebuilding an entire terminal and constructing a massive Sky Club. But here’s the rub: all of this takes place at an airport that’s generally passenger un-friendly and outdated. (LAX is finally getting a people mover and less-complicated access to public rail transportation.) And some […]

Delta’s Old Fashioned in a Can: Our First Look and Taste! [Review]

During my quick day trip between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City last week, I tried one of Delta Air Lines’ new adult beverage offerings: a pre-mixed Old Fashioned served in a can.

REPORT: Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas Sold to the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. Back to Front Boarding Was a COVID Risk?

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians are reportedly entering the Las Vegas market — and purchased Palms Casino Report. Plus, airlines that boarded from the back of the plane to prevent COVID-19 spread may have actually increased the risk of spreading the virus.

Two Great Credit Cards For Buying Inflight WiFi Access

Inflight WiFi is a first-world necessity for many travelers. Internet access allows us to work while zipping across the sky to our next destination. Some airlines provide complimentary WiFi access for certain apps (iMessage, What’s App, etc). This helps us communicate with (and annoy) your friends and family stuck on the ground. (“Hiiii! I’m sipping […]

Avelo Airlines First Flight: Lots of Fun — But Will I Ever Fly Them Again? [REVIEW]

I had the privilege of flying Avelo Airlines’ first passenger flight yesterday. This was my first inaugural flight (my inaugural inaugural, if you will) of an airline. The overall experience didn’t disappoint and is something I’ll always remember. But will I go out of my way to fly Avelo again? Here’s what it was like.

Earn Bonus American Airlines Points — for Buying or Selling Your Home

Planning on buying or selling a house? (Or maybe both?) You can earn a ton of free bonus American Airlines AAdvantage points.

Why Transferrable Point Cards are Important for Earning Delta Status in 2021

Delta essentially reduced its thresholds for earning elite status for the rest of 2021. Premium cabin fares receive 75% fare class bonuses on MQM, MQD, and MQS. Meanwhile, Main Cabin and Basic Economy earn 50% bonuses. Pay with Miles tickets are included. Heck, even traditional award tickets can earn points/miles/segments toward Delta elite status this year! […]

Move Over, Vegas: Chicago Airports Might Get Slot Machines

Travelers visiting Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports may eventually see a new way to spend time (and money): gambling at slot machines inside the terminals. Plus, Alaska Airlines banned a state senator who didn’t follow the carrier’s mask policies.

Temporary Delta Sky Club Coming to LAX Terminal 2 Next Month?

Delta is apparently opening a temporary Sky Club inside Los Angeles International Airport’s (LAX) Terminal 2 as part of the airline’s Sky Way project.

New Travel “Bling” I Am PROUD to Show Off

My new travel “bling” as I resume limited travel that I am PROUD to show off! You?

JFK’s Terminal 4 Getting Big Renovation. One Reason Why Flight Attendants Greet You at the Door.

T4 at New York’s JFK airport will undergo a fairly large renovation. Plus, do flight attendants have ulterior motives as they greet you when you board your flight?

Más Tequila: The New Delta Margarita in a Can! [Review]

Cinco de Mayo is around the corner and Delta Air Lines just introduced a pair of canned cocktails to its onboard menu — so I figured now is a great time to review Delta’s new margarita-in-a-can!

SOURCE: Exclusive Delta One Lounge *is* Being Built Airside at LAX

Rumors circulated last year that Delta may add a lounge at LAX dedicated exclusively to Delta One passengers. This is in addition to the new Sky Club at LAX, which is part of the Delta Sky Way project.

I’m Traveling Today for the First Time in Over a Year (Will I See You at an Airport?)

Today is a big day for me: I’m taking my first flights since March 2020!

Priority Boarding with a Delta American Express Card: What Is it and How Valuable is the Perk?

Nearly all of the co-branded Delta American Express cards offer various travel benefits. One of them is “Priority Boarding.” The perk can be quite valuable to some people for those with elite status. It’s even more beneficial for folks without elite status and who fly on Basic Economy tickets. Some folks think “Priority Boarding” means “Sky […]

The One Thing I Did Before Resuming Traveling Again. Now More Valuable Than Ever!

The One Thing I Did Before Resuming Traveling Again. Now More Valuable Than Ever!

Some Fun Ideas for Using Your Delta Amex Companion Certificate

The Companion Certificate benefit that comes with four Delta Amex cards is an excellent way to save money on trips you take with someone. But I know plenty of people whose Companion Certificates go unused every year. Maybe they’re too busy to use the certs, don’t have a large circle of family or friends with […]

Heathrow Temporarily Grounding Planes During Prince Philip’s Funeral. An App is Giving Away First Class Upgrades to Vegas.

London Heathrow airport and some nearby airspace will be affected by Prince Philip’s funeral today. Plus, an app is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the movie Bridesmaids (ten years already?!) — but holding a contest awarding free upgrades to first class for Vegas-bound flights.

10 Things to Know About Delta Amex MQM Bonuses

MQM bonuses earned through credit card spend are a big perk of four Delta American Express cards. Considering all Delta Platinum and Reserve members are eligible for 25% bonuses during 2021, now is a good time to revisit some MQM FAQ.

Curious Timing: Plaza Premium Leaves Priority Pass — But Sticks With Amex Platinum Cards

News broke yesterday that Plaza Premium airport lounges will no longer accept Priority Pass memberships. But the timing of when this kicks in is rather interesting.

WATCH: Driver in Daytona Plays Chicken with a Draw Bridge

Ah, Daytona Beach. The sun, surf, beaches — and a crazy driver who thought it was a good idea to charge through a barricade and try to cross a draw bridge that was parting for a boat. Don’t worry — it was all caught on video. Plus, it looks like there’s a new US city […]

Delta Mileage Run: New York (JFK) to Las Vegas (LAS) — 9,861 MQM at ~ 2.9 CPM

We came across another good Delta mileage run from New York’s JFK. It’s a quick trip to Las Vegas in Main Cabin — and projected to earn 9,861 MQM for just under $285.

Cashless Payments on Flights Are Discriminatory?

Someone’s rather upset about Delta (and other airlines) going to contactless/cashless payment systems.

Las Vegas: Fully Open on June 1?!

The path has been cleared for Las Vegas to fully open up just in time for summer. Plus, police are having to be called to London Heathrow — because passengers are cranky with the six-hour immigration lines.

Companion Certificates Not Valid for Delta One Reservations?

It appears Delta Reserve Amex Companion Certificates can no longer be used for Delta One reservations. We’ve used Companion Certificates to book Delta One tickets in the past. But that doesn’t seem to be an option anymore. Here’s what happened when we tried to book a flight the other day.

The Happy Hotel: Pharrell Williams Opens a Miami Hotel!

Clap along if you feel like you want a (hotel) room with a roof — not far from South Beach. Pharrell Williams just launched a hotel in Miami! Plus, France suspended all flights between that country and Brazil.

Travel Tech Deals: Save on Cord/Cable Organizers and a Gimbal

People looking to upgrade their travel tech accessories might be interested in a couple of deals we spotted today.

Why I Can Not Wait to Get on an NCL Norwegian Cruise Ship: the Safest Vacation We All Can Take During COVID!

I can not WAIT to get onboard an NCL Norwegian cruise ship! Once onboard it will be the safest vacation anyone can take during COVID-19. Why?

MSP Airport’s Food Robot Will Deliver Meals to Your Gate

Is this Minneapolis or Mos Eisley? Either way, a food delivery robot at MSP could be the droid you’re looking for. Plus, the US government is advising against travel to Canada — even for fully vaccinated people?

Where Are the Delta MQD Partner Runs?!

Travel is starting to ramp back up — and so is the pursuit of Delta Medallion status. It wasn’t too much of concern last year. After all, it was around this time Delta automatically extended everyone’s status and rolled over all MQM into this year. Some people are pushing the panic button when it comes […]

Here’s Where Delta Should Put Its Next Sky Club

Following the news that American Express is drastically altering its Centurion Lounge guest policy, we have a suggestion where Delta could put a new Sky Club airport lounge.

Free Reward Night and 125,000 Bonus Points: New IHG Premier Card Welcome Offer

The IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card dropped a new offer today.

A Card Called Quest: United Launches a New Chase Credit Card, Offers a 100,000 Point Welcome Bonus

There’s a new co-branded credit card on the block: the United Quest Card from Chase. 

Amex Centurion Lounge Guest Policy: Major Changes

Huge changes are coming for the American Express Centurion Lounge guest policy.

Rideshare Services Dealing with Driver Shortages

You may not even have to deal with your trip’s airline having a pilot shortage — because a rideshare driver might not be available to take you to the airport! Plus, cruising may soon return to US waters!

What is the Best Amex Card for Delta Sky Club Lounge Access?

Now that people are returning to the skies (and airports, of course), many are likely wondering what they can do to make the travel experience less stressful. Airport club lounges are great places to recharge (yourself and your electronic devices!). You can relax, get some work done, grab a quick bite to eat, and enjoy […]

Disney World Will Allow Guests to Remove Masks — for Pictures

Disney World is cracking down — on people’s beautiful smiles being covered by face masks in pictures! Plus, Carnival Cruise Lines says they may pull ships from US ports.

Delta First Class Mileage Run: Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) to Los Angeles (LAX) — 16,314 MQM at 4.2 CPM!

We found a quick, weekend mileage run in Delta first class (so, you know, business class 😉 ) from Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) to Los Angeles (LAX). This could be especially nice for folks in Atlanta who can position to/from FLL.

Dr. Fauci: US Government Won’t Require COVID Vaccination Passports

Dr. Fauci apparently spoke for the entire US government today and said it’ll not require COVID vaccination passports for people immunized against coronavirus. Plus, Delta’s Easter Sunday meltdown continued into today.

Use Your Points How YOU Want (But With a Slight Caveat)

Don’t get too caught up with what others think of your points and how you use them. Just make sure you’re getting a reasonable and realistic monetary value from them — and enjoying the trips, cashback, or merchandise you receive.

It’s Worth It: Two Ways My IHG Credit Card Paid For Itself This Past Week

I booked a couple of trips this week for my family — and the IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card reminded us why it’s such a good fit for our travel needs. The card’s Fourth Night Free and annual Anniversary Night benefits came in very handy — and have us looking forward to our trips […]

Octopus “Whips” Man and Young Daughter. A Supersonic Air Force One?

An octopus in shallow water was not happy to see a dad and his young daughter — and whipped one of its eight legs when they apparently invaded the animal’s territory. Plus, Air Force One may go MACH 2 next decade.

CDC: Fully Vaccinated People Can Travel Now!

Folks who were waiting for the experts and government officials to give their blessings to travel: you may now rejoice.

Which Travel Programs Are Transfer Partners for BOTH American Express and Chase Points? [2021]

With people starting to again plan trips but perhaps facing some wounded wallets, credit card points can be a great tool to help make those travel wishes become a reality. American Express and Chase are a couple of heavyweights in the travel rewards credit card world. And that’s especially the case with their products offering […]

Hotels.com Offering $2741 “Tax Write-Off” for Not Traveling Last Year

Hotels.com is running a contest that awards lucky winners over $2700 for not traveling during 2020. Plus, Puerto Rico is slapping tourists with $100 fines for violating mask mandates.

Want a Blocked Middle Seat on Delta Flights After April 30? We Have a Way.

Delta’s blocked middle seats policy will expire on April 30. That was part of the news announced yesterday along with some great MQM, MQS, and MQD bonuses. Some people are understandably nervous about getting back on planes. But if you’re really concerned about physical distancing and need an open seat next you on Delta flights, we have a solution […]

Disneyland to Serve Booze Near Pirates of the Caribbean! New Jersey Named the Most Dangerous State

Yo-ho, yo-ho! New Orleans-style Hurricane cocktails are coming to Disneyland! Plus, travelers beware! New Jersey topped a list of most dangerous states.

Delta First Class Elite Mileage Run: Detroit to Anchorage ~16,856 MQM at 4 CPM!

I think the people most excited about today’s news that Delta is giving MQM, MQD, and MQS bonuses are probably the hub-captive folks in MSP, DTW, ATL, and SLC. We found a pretty sweet Delta mileage run from Detroit to Anchorage — in first class. Our estimates based on the 75% bonuses: about 16,856 MQM, […]

Atlanta to Las Vegas Saturday Delta Mileage Run: ~5241 MQM at 3.6 CPM in Main Cabin! [Upgrades to Lie-Flats Currently Available!]

I can’t tell you how I excited I get when a rare opportunity comes along to type the words “Atlanta to (Destination) Delta Mileage Run.” (And I think there are going to be a bunch of them thanks to Delta boosting its MQM, MQS, and MQD earnings for the rest of 2021.) And here we […]

Delta Announces Major Status Earning Changes for the Rest of 2021

Surprise! Delta dropped a huge announcement this morning about Medallion status earnings through the rest of 2021. (Like, I want to check the U.S. Geological Survey website to see if these registered on the Richter scale. 🙂 )

REPORT: Delta 757 with NBA Team Makes Emergency Landing — After Striking Birds During Takeoff

A Delta Air Lines 757-200 carrying the NBA’s Utah Jazz reportedly made an emergency landing today after it struck birds during takeoff — and subsequently had to shut down an engine.

Chase Extends Pay Yourself Back, Increases Peloton Benefits

Chase Sapphire Preferred and Chase Sapphire Reserve cardholders received some pleasant news today.

Will All-Inclusive Resorts Become a New Haven for Anti-Vaxxers?

About a dozen major cruise lines will require passengers (and crew) to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before they can step onboard a ship. That’s bad news for about 33% of the US population who are predicted to conscientiously decline the coronavirus vaccine. In fact, one doctor has called for a boycott of Royal Caribbean. WOW: […]

If I Lose My CDC Vaccination Card – Can I Get a Replacement? Who Do I Ask? What Does It Cost?

If I lose my CDC Vaccination card – can I get a replacement? Who do I ask? What does it cost?

10,000 FREE Hilton Points in Minutes. Wife and I scored 20,000 Total (You Can Combine Points)!

Want to score some easy Hilton Honors points? A quick survey can bring you 10,000 in just a couple of minutes!

Delta Elite Weekend Mileage Run: New York (JFK) to Orange County/Santa Ana (SNA): 6,798 MQM at 3.2 CPM!

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s JFK-DFW single-day trip, we found another Delta elite mileage run for folks in the Big Apple (or those who can position to JFK.) This is a quick, weekend getaway from JFK to Orange County/Santa Ana, California. And because both legs connect in Seattle, it hauls in a bunch of […]

New Book Tells Stories of the Women of Pan Am. Report Says Domestic Air Travel No Major Culprit in COVID Spread

A new book explores Pan Am’s jet-age history — as detailed through the airline’s female employees who played vital roles in some very special operations. Plus, US domestic air travel wasn’t quite the COVID-spreading boogeyman some people made it out to be.

Delta Mileage Run: New York (JFK) to Dallas (DFW) — 3,760 MQM at 2.9 CPM! (About $109 Roundtrip!)

We’re entering what (we think) is likely the final month of Delta blocking middle seats. And the great thing about Delta’s cheap Basic Economy tickets during this period is you’re guaranteed at least one open seat next to you! So if you feel safe traveling (and hopefully have both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine 😉 […]

Some Young People Are Hanging Out at Airports for Fun. Is This Something You (Would) Do?

There’s a growing trend called “Airport Culture” — members of Generation Z who spend time at airports for fun. No, they’re not traveling. It’s another version of hanging out at the mall. We’re talking about killing time landside, before passport control, and pre-security. Not relaxing in fancy airport club lounges. Not planespotting from an airside […]

An Airline Asked Its Pilots to Briefly Delay Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

A regional airline is getting some attention after telling its unvaccinated pilots to hold off getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Plus, yet another airline passenger thought it a good idea to open the emergency exit door — while the plane was airborne.

Big Sale on AUKEY Bluetooth Earbuds (Today Only!)

AUKEY is running a fairly major promotion today: all of its Bluetooth earbuds are on sale. And their “True Wireless Earbuds” which list for almost $50 are knocked down to a ridiculously low $17.99 after sale price and instant savings coupon.

Paramount Plus Amex Offer + Swagbucks Rewards!

If you’re interested in signing up for the new Paramount+ streaming service and saving some money in the process, then consider stacking an Amex Offer with a bonus from Swagbucks!

Health Expert: It’s OK to Travel After Your First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

A health expert gave the green light for people to travel after receiving their first doses of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines. There are a few caveats, of course. And does this necessarily mean it’s a good idea to travel after just one jab?

Launching Startups and Driving for Delivery Companies: What Some Pilots Have Done During COVID-19

Fewer planes in the sky means more pilots and other aviation folks finding other jobs to keep money coming in. Curious what some of them are doing for a living now? Plus, Delta is reportedly rebooting its inflight service next month.

Is It Worth Having Multiple Delta Amex Cards?

The fairly substantial Delta American Express cards welcome offers have inspired some people to apply for their first Delta Amexes. Meanwhile, this is far from the first rodeo for others — who are adding yet another Delta Amex to their stables. Is holding multiple Delta Amexes a good idea?

Yes, This Carryon Roll-a-Board Fits Under Seats on Delta’s CRJ-200

Delta announced last year that its finally getting rid of the CRJ-200s. That’s the good news. The bad news it that won’t happen for almost three more years.

Poor Taste: Disney Employee Drinks from Disney Springs Fountain, Says He Was Fired For It

A now-former Disney employee says he was fired from the Mouse House for drinking water from a Disney Springs fountain. Oh, and he posted it to TikTok. Plus, people falling in love on airplanes is apparently more common than you may think.

Clear Vaccination Passport? Yes Please! Updated Priority Pass App? OK Done. What else?

Clear Vaccination Passport? Yes Please! Updated Priority Pass App? OK Done. What else?

Great CLEAR Discounts — And Why It Might Be Important to Sign Up Soon

CLEAR recently introduced a vaccine “passport” attesting to a member’s COVID-19 vaccination status. Both René and I love the biometric identification service used in several airports, stadiums, and museums. And if you’re not yet a member, keep in mind that Delta flyers — not just elites — can take advantage of some fairly significant CLEAR discounts!

The Busiest U.S. Airport in 2020. Plus, Delta Adds Flights to “Mountain, Beach and Vacation Destinations.”

Even though 2020 was kind of a dud for air travel, there still had to be a winner in the “Busiest U.S. Airport” competition. And it’s a place many of us have spent plenty of time. Plus, Delta added a number of flights to some fun outdoor destinations.

Whoops: Couple Traveling to Hawaii Learns Why Its Bad to “Assume”

One of my first jobs in the entertainment industry involved working for a prolific movie producer who was legendary for two traits. One was his knack for finding great projects. The other was his famously hot temper. Of the many orders screamed at me, this one stuck — and is a good lesson for many […]

Pilots Reported Increase in Laser Incidents — Even With Declining Air Traffic

Despite low air traffic last year, pilots reported a staggering number of laser incidents. And the Rio Las Vegas is becoming — a Hyatt?

Touchless Travel: Some Accessories You May Need to Help Make Your Journeys Smoother

Our cell phones and other mobile devices are becoming the keys to travel. Literally.

California Roller Coasters May Have to Reconfigure Seating — to Accommodate Screaming

A California association is recommending that roller coaster seating be reconfigured so screaming doesn’t spread coronavirus. Plus, I don’t think China will allow many of us back anytime soon.