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Book Delta with Virgin Atlantic miles online! (again)

In August I was excited to report that Delta awards could be booked online via Virgin Atlantic’s website (see: Wow, Book Delta with Virgin Atlantic miles online!).  Unfortunately, the ability to do so quickly disappeared.  Thankfully, the feature is back.  My bet is that they had been working on the feature for a while and had accidentally released it too early in August.  Hopefully it’s back now for good. Virgin Atlantic can be a great…

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When Delta Mileage Upgrade Awards Don’t Work

If you’re hoping to use Delta SkyMiles to waitlist for an upgrade, read this caution first… Delta Mileage Upgrade Awards My wife and I have had fantastic success using Delta Global Upgrade certificates to fly business class between the US and Europe. Diamond elite members can optionally receive 4 global upgrade certificates each year. The certificates can be used to upgrade any purchased fares except basic economy, bulk fares, or unpublished fares (Delta Vacation deals…

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[Expired] Great Delta 60K/70K offers now available

Amex is out with great new offers on several of the Delta co-branded credit cards to match the previous high offers on all four cards. This time, a couple of the offers are structured a bit differently. As a reminder, Delta no longer publishes an award chart, but 70,000 miles should be enough for one-way saver-level business class between North America and Europe on Delta or 60,000 miles should cover economy class round trip. It’s…

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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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