Long time reader Les forwarded me his targeted offer for a Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express: 50,000 bonus miles after spending $1k in three months.
The normal offer is only 30k bonus miles after $1k in spending in the first three months, so this is a substantially better offer.
There are two ways to know you are targeted for the higher 50k offer. The first is to scan your inbox for an email titled “Reminder: 50,000 Bonus Miles For A Limited Time”.
Or you can save the inbox search and go straight to a special site to test whether you’re targeted.
How do you check whether you’re targeted? What’s the full targeted offer? Is the offer a good deal?
Posted in Delta
Tagged Delta, SkyMiles
Delta really is in a class of its own–and not in a good way!
Today it announced that it is devaluing its devaluation. August’s devaluation wasn’t kicking in quickly enough, so today there is a double devaluation.
In mid-August, 2013, Delta devalued its award chart effective immediately for flights that take place after June 1, 2014. Today Delta devalued that devaluation by putting in a new award chart for travel February 1 – May 31, 2014. The intermediate chart is worse than today’s chart, but better than June 1, 2014′s chart.
If you go to Delta’s award “chart” page, you will now see three charts.
- Chart 1 is for travel until January 31, 2014
- Chart 2 is for travel from February 1, 2014 to May 31, 2014
- Chart 3 is for travel from June 1, 2014
This is very different from United’s devaluation. United’s new chart is for bookings made February 1, 2014 or later, regardless of when travel takes place. Delta’s devaluation depends on the date of travel, regardless of when the booking is made.
How do the three charts compare? For which routes did SkyMiles see the most and least devaluation? How am I beating the devaluation?
At our Award Booking Service, clients most often ask us to construct specific itineraries with their miles. Maybe they want to go to both France and Italy for their honeymoon and have United miles. We take it from there. Sometimes, however, we receive requests that are more like pleas:
“I have 250,000 Delta Skymiles, how can I put them to any use??”
I’ve often argued that Skymiles are strategically useful. If you aim to travel to specific locations that Delta’s partners service, you stand a much better chance of securing award seats.
Delta partner China Southern is one of a handful of SkyTeam members that I advocate redeeming an award. They have an excellent route network from their hub in Guangzhou. China Southern flies a daily nonstop from Los Angeles to Ghuagzhou on the Airbus A380 featuring fully flat bed business seats.
In the past, I routinely saw up to nine business and economy class award seats on this Los Angeles -> Guangzhou flight. Unfortunately, that kind of amazing availability was too good to last. There are now fewer business seats released, but certainly better space than Delta releases on its own flights!
How can you snag one of these now-rarer seats? Why do you want one?
This is the nineteenth post in a monthlong series that started here. Each post will take about two minutes to read and may include an action item that takes the reader another two minutes to complete. I am writing this for an audience of people who know nothing about frequent flier miles, and my goal is that by the end, you know enough to fly for free anywhere you want to go. Previously Using qantas.com to Search for American Airlines Awards.
Delta.com is a frustrating, broken piece of junk, but it’s the first place to start when looking for award reservations with your Delta SkyMiles on flights operated by Delta, Air France, KLM, Virgin Australia, Alitalia, or Korean.
On the Delta.com home page, type your departure and arrival airports into the flight search box. I always search one way on Delta.com searches because it is so bad at pricing awards that I don’t want to give it the chance to try adding the outbound and return’s cost.
Make sure to check the boxes that says Book award travel and My dates are flexible.
What are the other tricks to searching Delta.com? What are Delta’s routing rules?
I think it’s a big mistake to be a hub-captive. There’s no reason that the credit cards you open have to be related to the dominant carrier at your airport.
Your life will be better if you instead open up the best card for the trip you want regardless of the airline that dominates your home airport.
Why should you ignore your hubby?
United scared me a lot on Friday when it tweeted that changes were coming to MileagePlus.
United still hasn’t told us what those changes are, but insists we’ll like them.
It’s very unlikely I’ll like them much. It could be a minor enhancement, but there are very few things I would change about United MileagePlus that United would also change. (That is, I would love for the change to be that all awards now cost 5,000 miles, but that won’t happen.)
But there are a lot of negative possible changes that could come like award chart devaluations, restrictions on routing rules, more surcharges and fees, or a throttling of ultra-premium availability.
In this post I’ll lay out my single biggest fear for each of several major programs’ next round of changes.
Posted in AAdvantage, Avios, Delta, Rapid Rewards, United, US Airways
Tagged American, British Airways, Delta, Southwest, United, US Airways
A few weeks ago, Delta and Virgin Atlantic announced an enhanced partnership that included the option to redeem either type of miles for flights on the other carrier. For me this meant one thing, I could use my stash of Delta miles to fly Virgin Atlantic Upper Class.
I’ve been studying award availability on Virgin Atlantic flights on delta.com, and I can now report the gold mine routes for Upper Class award space from the US to the UK.
And the best part about the space is that it always prices out at 100k SkyMiles roundtrip–the same price as the regular Delta business product–with no fuel surcharges, just unavoidable government taxes.
How can you fly Virgin Atlantic Upper Class?
Out of morbid curiosity, I decided to check Delta’s award availability from Los Angeles to Honolulu. I have checked in the past and seen literally zero low-miles-price award seats from Los Angeles to Honolulu for 330 days.
To my great surprise, there was great award availability from Los Angeles to Honolulu, but only at certain times and in certain cabins.
Where’s the space?
You can do some cool things with Delta SkyMiles. Here are some awesome awards you can book with 25k to 150k SkyMiles.
Delta SkyMiles awards have some generous routing rules too like being able to get a free oneway on an award within the continental US or have open jaws across continents.
But Delta SkyMiles have their limits, which I discovered the other day as I tried to piece together a trick award with a cheap one way to Korea.
What rules can you bend on SkyMiles awards? Which are firm? (with screenshots)
Award flights are now bookable through May 2014 with most of your miles. Not all award travel needs to be booked 11 months in advance, but for certain flights, you want to be looking as far out as possible.
One type of flight to think about booking now for May 2014 or next month for June 2014 is a west-coast-to-Europe flight.
Why book these now? What does space look like for May 2014 on key routes?
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s Top Nine Credit Card Offers That Are About to Disappear, American Express has increased the sign up bonus on the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Business Credit Card to 55k SkyMiles and 20k Medallion Qualifying Miles after spending $5k in the first three months of cardmembership.
That means most people can get over 100k SkyMiles from only two cards, enough for a roundtrip business class award to Europe.
How can you get the deal? What are Medallion Qualifying Miles? Where can you find award space with Delta?
Delta SkyMiles get a bad rap–very deservedly so–for the lack of low-miles-price award availability that Delta releases, the fuel surcharges Delta charges on awards, and the fact that you can’t redeem miles for oneway awards at a fair price.
But it does not follow that Delta miles are worthless. In fact, you can get great value and do some pretty cool things with Delta miles. My top choices to burn 150k, 120k, 100k, 80k, 60k, and 25k SkyMiles after the jump.
Pop quiz, hot shot: What is the only airline with a direct flight between Los Angeles and Sao Paulo?
Three times a week, a Korean Air 777-300ER flies from Los Angeles to Sao Paulo on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays. The return leaves Sao Paulo on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
Redeye outbound, daytime return
This flight isn’t just a novelty. It’s a legitimately great use of Delta SkyMiles–the least valuable and most reviled currency among the legacy airlines. Learn how to get on the flight yourself after the jump.
Posted in Delta, Korean
Tagged Delta, Korean
The current best deal is this offer for the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express
- Earn 30K bonus miles after you make $1K in purchases on your new Card within your first 3 months and a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months.
- Earn As You Spend: Get 2X miles on Delta purchases and 1X miles for all other eligible dollars spent.
- Check your first bag free on every Delta flight – that’s a savings of up to $200 per round trip for a family of four.
- Premium Travel Perks: Settle in sooner with Priority Boarding.
- $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
- Terms and Restrictions Apply.
Application Link: Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express