Basic Economy 101: Navigating Today’s Lowest Fare Class

Delta was the first to sell a sub-economy cabin class titled Basic Economy in 2012. United followed suit last year, so it should be no surprise that American Airlines has also just jumped on the bandwagon. American Basic Economy fares will go on sale February 10.

As restrictions in Basic Economy vary between the three legacy carriers, today I'm going to go over what Basic Economy is for each of them, as well as how to identify a fare as Basic Economy when searching through various methods.

Guide to Booking Delta Flights to Hawaii for 25,000 Korean Miles Roundtrip, 45k in First

Updated heavily 1/13/17 since you can now book these awards online.

It is cheaper to book the exact same Delta flights to Hawaii with Korean miles than with Delta miles.

Delta charges 22,500 miles each way in economy and 40,000 miles in First Class between the mainland and Hawaii or 50,000 in flat bed Delta One
Korean charges 25,000 miles roundtrip in economy and 45,000 miles roundtrip in First Class or Delta One between the mainland and Hawaii

That’s a humongous difference. Now Allows SkyTeam Bookings [HUGE!]

You can now book SkyTeam partner airlines' award seats on; previously you had to call in.

This is huge news because it makes booking 25,000 mile roundtrip awards to Hawaii much easier! This is also the new easiest way to book China Southern and China Eastern First Class.

Korean SkyMiles--a 1 to 1 transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards--is mainly famous for two things:

Ridiculously cheap awards on Delta planes to Hawaii. Korean charges just 25,000 miles roundtrip in economy and 45,000 in First Class including flat beds.

Alaska Airlines and Delta End Partnership Effective May 1, 2017

Delta and Alaska Airlines are ending their partnership May 1, 2017.

There will be no more codeshares, no more mileage earning on each other's flights, no more reciprocal elite benefits, and no more redeeming miles on each other's flights.

There is some grace period if you already booked your flight.
Delta SkyMiles Members will be able to earn and redeem miles on flights operated by Alaska Airlines through April 30, 2017.

Delta Flash Sale Thru Tomorrow Only: 49k Miles Roundtrip to Asia

Delta is running a flash sale on awards booked by December 14, 2016 (tomorrow night) and flown from January 10 through March 3, 2017, between the United States and Asia.

If you book by 11:59 PMET tomorrow, December 14, you can get up to 30% off award prices between the United States and places like (but not limited to):

• Narita
• Haneda
• Nagoya
• Singapore
• Manila
• Taipei
• Hong Kong
• Beijing
• Shanghai

Unfortunately Delta doesn't list all the destinations the sale applies to, it only suggests the destinations above. You'll have to do

How to Redeem Delta Miles for Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy

Delta miles can now be redeemed for Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy.

This is the first time miles issued by one of the big three legacy carriers--American, Delta, United--can be redeemed for Premium Economy.

[Expired] Today is Last Chance to Get 70,000 Mile Delta Cards

For about a month, the Delta Gold and Platinum cards have had 50,000 to 70,000 point sign up bonuses.

How to Qualify or Re-Qualify for Delta Status by December 31

Each day we edge closer to the end of the year, which is significant if earning elite status is on your radar. You've got just under two months to meet elite qualifying requirements if you want status in 2017.

And the American Express Delta credit cards have limited time, enhanced sign up offers that end day after tomorrow--November 9.

Delta Adds Transcontinental Route With Fully Flat Bed

On April 24, 2017, Delta will begin service between Washington D.C. (DCA) and Los Angeles (LAX) on a Delta One-configured 757-200. You can book Domestic First Class flying Delta One between the two cities with fully flat beds for 25,000 Delta miles.

The Least Notice Delta Devaluation To Date: Award Price to India Increases

Delta has devalued its miles with no notice (again), but this time is even worse than prior instances. While Delta's never announced an award price change, they at least have increased the prices for travel a few months in advance. For example, at the end of this past August, Delta increased the price of a Business Class award to Europe from 62,500 miles to 70,000 miles for travel beginning January 1, 2017 and on.

This time, there's no buffer period whatsoever.