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There is a reason (or actually many) why Delta SkyMiles are often referred as SkyPesos. The miles required for Delta flights using SkyMiles can vary a lot and let’s not whine about the sky high “carrier imposed” fees on itineraries starting outside of North America.

Delta SkyMiles Award Success GOL

There are occasions, however, when using SkyMiles can make sense and I just found one. You can use them for GOL flights within South America and fees are minimal at least for trips within and starting from Brazil, as there are no fuel surcharges. [click to continue…]

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The Airlines of America (American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines) made the 55 page white paper public on Thursday accusing of Gulf airlines of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways of unfair trade practices.

Financial Times US airlines seek action against Gulf carriers

If these airlines are found to be receiving government subsidies, the United States can null the open skies agreement it has with United Arab Emirates and Qatar that was probably negotiated at times when nobody knew that the airlines from these countries would become global heavyweights. [click to continue…]

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There has been two very near misses one with Turkish Airlines in Kathmandu yesterday, where an Airbus A330 plane skid off a runway, and the second one with Delta Air Lines today in LaGuardia, where plane veered off the runway.

CNN Delta

Luckily there have been no fatalities, but both airports ended up closed and inconveniencing passengers trying to reach Kathmandu in Nepal and New York’s downtown LaGuardia airport. [click to continue…]

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Delta’s CEO was on Quest Means Business last night on the CNN and seems that the US airlines are gearing up the rhetoric against the Gulf airlines of Emirates and Etihad (both from the UAE) and Qatar Airways.


Source: CNN

Now, Delta’s CEO is blaming the countries (all) on the Arabian peninsula for the September 11 attacks that lead the restructuring of the airlines in the United States and implying that UAE has something to do with them. [click to continue…]

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Here are five reader questions from the past week that I have decided to reply to publicly. You can always email me, leave a note or private message on Facebook, or Tweet me with your questions.

Reader Questions February 14

Note that I can shorten the emails and edit them for clarity. I always remove the personal information of both the reader and front line employees. If there are managers involved, I may leave their names intact, however. [click to continue…]

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American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines have started to lobby the US government to restrict the expansion of the gulf airlines namely Emirates, Etihad and Qatar due to alleged “subsidies”.

WSJ Big U.S. Airlines Fault Persian Gulf Carriers

The United States and the gulf states have an Open Skies agreement that allows the airlines from these countries to freely operate flights in-between, as long as they don’t receive government subsidies. [click to continue…]

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This has to be the stupidest move that US airline has taken as far as I can remember.

Delta

Delta has now made a decision to stop publishing award charts altogether. You can search for the price of the awards between different regions, but there is no longer definitive award chart published by Delta. [click to continue…]

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On November 28, I wrote (access here) about Le Club Accorhotels British Airways, Avios and Delta promotions that Accor seemed to have canceled without any prior notice.

Le Club Accorhotels Bonus Miles Promotions Fall 2014

Then on December 2, I wrote (access here) that Accor was claiming this to be just a “glitch” and a “technical” error, although the the promotions still show as expired when you try to access them on Accor’s website.

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