A post I wrote in early February asked if airlines should implement defined dress codes. I said (in my typically understated tone) that my preferred travel attire consisted of a polo shirt and cargo shorts because “I’m a dad. Cargo shorts are part of the uniform.” Several readers responded to that specific part of the […]
“My Loved One Died and Had a Bunch of Unused SkyMiles. Can We Redeem Them?” [Rookie Wednesday]
Settle in, my friend. We’re about to visit some dark places. But hopefully our travels these next few minutes will help someone take a vacation or other trip that creates some happiness or great memories.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 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).
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!
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 […]
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 […]
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!
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!)
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 […]
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.
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.
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?
*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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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!
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.
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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?
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!
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 […]
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 — […]
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.
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!
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” […]
“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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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. […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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.”
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 […]
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!
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.
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.
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’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 […]
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 […]
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!
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
[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 […]
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?)
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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?
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!
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, […]
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.
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!
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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?
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Which Travel Programs Are Transfer Partners for BOTH American Express and Chase Points? 
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 […]
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 […]
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. 🙂 )
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: […]
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 […]