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Is the end near for manufacturing Delta Diamond status?

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For a number of years now, I’ve been using Delta credit cards to manufacture elite status for my wife and me.  I used to to get my wife to top tier Diamond status while I was satisfied with near-top-tier Platinum status. In recent years, though, Delta has added valuable benefits to their Diamond tier and so I stepped up my ms game to get both of us to Diamond.  For background, please see: Pushing the…

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Why I paid 65,000 miles for a domestic flight

A couple of weeks ago I described how I was able to book two first class tickets for less than the price of one coach ticket.  I thought it might have been an isolated glitch, but readers found a number of other cases where this was possible. The trick is that you need the companion certificate issued to Delta Reserve cardholders. After I booked two of us into first class for $724.80 all-in (using my…

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Should you Fly Now Earn Later? A caution and advice.

Amex has quietly rolled out a new benefit to many Delta cardmembers: “Fly Now. Earn Later.”  This new benefit lets you borrow Delta miles.  To find the benefit, log into your Amex account, select your Delta SkyMiles card, and click the Benefits tab. If you then see the Fly Now, Earn Later option, then you have the benefit: If you click the “Request Fly Now, Earn Later” button, you’ll see how much you’re allowed to…

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How to book Delta One Suite saver awards

Delta One Suite

A few days ago I booked three Delta One Suites on Delta’s new A350 aircraft to fly nonstop from Tokyo to Detroit.  Each ticket cost 80,000 SkyMiles plus about $40 in fees (¥4460 JPY).  If you’ve been following the excitement about Delta’s new product, you probably know that the best published rate appears to be 160,000 miles one-way.  Luckily, there’s a simple way to snag saver level 80K awards… Delta One Suite Delta recently announced…

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Update: Delta Europe deal dying, but bookable through some OTAs

Late last night we published a huge Delta airfare sale to Europe from both hubs and smaller markets around the country. This morning, that sale is dying. Google Flights is still showing low prices, but they are no longer bookable at those prices through Google Flights. However, many city pairs are still available through small Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) listed on Momondo.com. I know next to nothing about these smaller OTAs and can’t guarantee a smooth booking process. However,…

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Huge Delta sale to Europe, summer travel

Update: This fare sale is dying. However, some of these are still bookable via small OTAs at Momondo.com as of 10:41am Eastern time. See our update here. We have stumbled on a huge airfare sale from many Delta hubs and smaller cities to Europe from $538 round trip nonstop for summer travel, with many one-stop itineraries also available. Some example deals follow (click the images to go to Google Flights). All of these examples are for summer travel in July…

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Delta first class: great companion ticket deal (glitch?)

Delta First Class Dining

I stumbled upon something surprising the other day.  Thanks to my Delta Reserve companion ticket, I was able to book two people into domestic first class for less than the price of a single economy ticket. Holiday High Prices Most years we visit family in southern Florida after Christmas.  And this year we thought we would book our trip very early rather than waiting until prices skyrocket later on.  But, it turned out that prices…

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Booking a luxury trip with points and deals

My son has just completed high school and will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall to study computer science.  Early in his junior year his guidance counselor told him that he wouldn’t get admitted to U of M since his grades were a bit lower than U of M’s accepted student average.  Three straight A semesters later, he was admitted, and I couldn’t be more proud! When he completed classes, he had…

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Piecing together Delta awards for great value to Hawaii and Europe

Ever since Delta did away with their award charts, they’ve maintained that the award price you see online is the award price.  Period.  And, supposedly, there’s nothing you can do about high award prices except wait and hope that prices come down. In the good old days, there was something you could do about it.  You could find saver award space segment by segment and string the segments together for a cheap award.  Here’s a…

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