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Delta adds free in-flight messaging

Within a day of announcing a $225,000 increase in the amount of spend required for an MQD waiver to reach Diamond status, Delta has added a new free benefit for everyone: free in-air messaging through iMessage, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger. The Deal Free messaging with iMessage, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger on Delta flights equipped with Gogo Wi-Fi Starting on October 1st Link to details How it works The process sounds simple. Make sure you have downloaded the…

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Delta’s $250K MQD waiver rule. What will I do? What should you do?

Yesterday we learned that, as of January 1 2018, Delta has increased it’s MQD waiver requirement for Diamond Status to $250,000 in credit card spend.  I promised an analysis.  Here it is… MQD Waiver Background In order to earn top tier Diamond status, Delta SkyMiles members must meet the following requirements within each calendar year:  Earn 125,000 MQMs (Medallion Qualifying Miles) or 140 MQSs (Medallion Qualifying Segments), and $15,000 MQDs (Medallion Qualifying Dollars). MQMs and…

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20x Alaska Miles at Gilt City, American 21x, other airlines offering similar payouts

Reader Clint emailed us earlier today to bring a great deal to our attention: Many airline portals are payout out over 20x miles per dollar today at Gilt City — including American (21x), United (20x), Alaska (20x), and Delta (20x). This can be combined with new customer promo code WELCOME20 for 20% off of your first order. The Deal Big payouts on Gilt City purchases via the portals shown above 20% off for first time customers using code WELCOME20 Update: Reader al613 points out that…

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Nice business class sale to Europe through summer ’18

Last week, we posted about some great business class fares from New York to Europe (See: Business Class to Europe from $1735. Use w/ Delta Amex offer to save more). Many of those fares are still available (and continue to be available though July 2018 on most Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. If you have the Delta Amex Offer (long since gone if not already added) loaded to one of your cards, the price drops to just…

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When is your free checked bag free?

Free Checked Bags

In response to yesterday’s post about Sapphire Reserve Travel Insurance, one reader noted that they had to pay for flights with their airline credit card rather than their Sapphire Reserve card to get a free checked bag.  Is that true?  The answer depends on the airline. I created a new resource post, “Free Checked Bags via Credit Card Complete Guide,” where I listed the policies of the major US airlines with regards to free checked…

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Wow, Book Delta with Virgin Atlantic miles online!

UPDATE 10/11/17: The feature is working again!  See this post for details. UPDATE 8/3/17: The feature described in this post has disappeared!  See this post for details. Thanks to One Mile at a Time I just learned that Virgin Atlantic is now allowing users to book awards on Delta flights online.  This is huge because Virgin Atlantic award prices are excellent on many routes and Virgin Atlantic miles are incredibly easy to get.  Previously it…

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Crazy promo: RT First Class on Emirates, Korean or others for $800 or less

Update: It appears that the rates are not correct for these redemptions. See to check rates. Update #2 to come… Update #2: The terms of this promotion state that you must be a Brazilian citizen. It’s possible that this won’t be enforced, but I am including updates and I am no longer recommending this promotion. It might work — but there is simply too much grey area to know. Furthermore, the award rates from were completely…

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Is the end near for manufacturing Delta Diamond status?

Delta One Suite

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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