Quadruple Delta SkyMiles At Accor Hotels

Le Club Accorhotels has a promotion for quadruple (4x) Delta SkyMiles for stays worldwide between February 5 and April 15, 2013. There is also an odder for some discount, breakfast and or upgrade for Sofitel hotels in United States and for Novotel hotels in Canada. You can access this offer here.

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There is no need to register for this offer but you need to have your Le Club Accorhotels account set to convert your hotel points directly to Delta SkyMiles. There is a reservation deadline of February 28, 2013. I am not sure if this is only for the possible discount or for the quadruple miles as well. The terms and conditions refer to participating hotels, but the graphics indicate that this offer would be valid practically at all Accor hotels.

Le Club Accorhotels Promotion For Triple Delta SkyMiles

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Le Club Accohotels has a new promotion for triple Delta SkyMiles for stays between February 1 and April 15, 2013. The offer is valid at all Accor hotels worldwide. You can read more about this promotion here.

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There is no need to register for this promotion, but you need to change your Le Club Accorhotels earning preference to Delta SkyMiles and use the auto deposit option. Le Club Accorhotels will automatically convert your hotel stay earnings to SkyMiles and triple them before transfer.

SPG & Delta Crossover Rewards

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Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) and Delta announced today the Crossover Rewards that SPG elite members can take advantage of when flying on Delta and Delta Medallion benefits when staying at Starwood hotels. I originally wrote about the Crossover Rewards on January 21 and almost a complete review of the benefits the other day.

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SPG Gold and Platinum Benefits on Delta

SPG Crossover Rewards: SPG Platinum & Gold Benefits on Delta

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Couple of weeks ago, I wrote about SPG Crossover Rewards that were coming this spring. I had an educated guess that it would have something to do with an airline and/or car rental company.

I have now made an updated post about this program after the official launch.

The SPG PLT Delta flight upgrade benefit that was included on the version of the terms and conditions that I had access to, is not not included in the final version.

Edit (09/12): The upgrade benefit for SPG Platinum members has now been included on the program. 

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Now, I have more information about this product. Starwood Preferred Guest Gold and Platinum members will receive certain benefits on Delta marketed and operated flights such as Starpoints based on the spend, upgrades, priority boarding, and waived checked bag fees.

New Benefits for Delta SkyMiles Members Flying On GOL

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Delta SkyMiles members can earn MQM’s (Medallion Qualifying Miles), Medallion bonus miles, priority check in & boarding (Gold/Platinum/Diamond), and access to GOL’s Smiles lounges (Gold/Platinum/Diamond) in GRU and GIG when flying internationally in either GOL or Delta starting on January 29, 2013. You can read more about this partnership from Delta’s press release.

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GOL’s Diamond Smiles members have access to Sky Priority benefits when flying Delta. Diamond Smiles members also have access to Delta’s SkyClub’s in Atlanta, Detroit and New York.

Delta Plugs Their Website – No Longer Access to Mosaic Info

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Yesterday, I wrote about Delta’s website hack that would have allowed you to check your Experian Mosaic classification and some of the parameters Delta had on file about you.

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As I predicted, Delta has now closed this hole on their website and has issued the following statement regarding the issue:

Check Your Delta SkyMiles Customer Segmentation Info

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It is not news that companies we use can know a lot about us, but they don’t usually make accessing this information easy. You can now check, how Delta segments you and what your Mosaic consumer lifestyle segmentation is.

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Here’s what you need to do.

1. Log into you SkyMiles account

2. Plug the following URL (https://www.delta.com/databroker/bcdata.action) to the same browser and copy the text

3. Copy/paste it to your favorite text application

Delta SkyMiles Medallion Qualification Changes

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Yesterday, I wrote about website update at Delta.com that had unveiled a day early the planned changes to the SkyMiles program on the earning and qualification side. Delta took the information down from the website very fast.

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Now, Delta has issued a press release about the change and has the website running with the info about this change that you can access here.

Earn 1000 Bonus Delta SkyMiles per Two Night Stay or Longer at Westin Hotels in North America

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Starwood has a promotion for Delta SkyMiles members at their North American Westin hotels that is valid until March 31, 2014. You can earn 1000 bonus miles per two night stay or longer when you book WMILES rate plan.

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You need to choose Delta SkyMiles as your earning preference at Starwood hotels. You will earn miles instead of Starpoints for your stays. You can access this offer here.

Delta – Oops Did It Again! Program Changes Posted on Delta.com & Then Removed

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In March 2012, I wrote about coming changes to Delta’s SkyMile program. I was going to update the article at some point, but the deployment of the changes has been delayed by Delta many times.

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UPDATE: We should learn more about these Delta changes at 9AM EST on Thursday unless there is last minute change in plans.

Now, Delta mistakenly or on purpose put up some program change information on Delta.com and shortly removed it. FlyerTalk member DLroads was able to copy/paste the information that Delta had changed and that now has been removed. There is a lively discussion on FlyerTalk about this forthcoming change and, if you are delta flier, you should certainly check it out.

Marriott Rewards 1000 Bonus Delta or US Airways Miles per Stay

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Marriott Rewards has an offer for US Airways and Delta Air Lines frequent fliers for 1000 bonus miles per stay between November 15 and February 15, 2013, for stays that are booked by January 15, 2013.

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You need to register for airline specific promotion, choose airline miles instead of Marriott rewards points as your earning preference and stay at participating property in order to receive the bonus miles that are capped at 10K (10 stays).

Delta Buys Singapore Airlines’ Share of Virgin Atlantic

There have been rumors around for some time that Delta was in discussion with Singapore Airlines to buy its share of Virgin Atlantic. Today, the deal was announced. Delta is buying the 49% share of Virgin Atlantic for $360 million. Singapore Airlines paid $968 million for its share of Virgin Atlantic back in 1998.

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The deal is expected to close at the end of 2013 after US and European Union competition regulators have reviewed the deal.  The airlines are planning to form a transatlantic joint venture for flights between the United Kingdom. Most likely nothing is going to happen interim to the frequent flyer programs of both airlines.

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There has also been speculation on the UK press that Air France-KLM would buy part of the 51% share that Sir Richard Branson owns/controls.

Sir Richard has also been very vocal lately that the airline is likely to join an alliance soon. If this purchase by Delta goes through and Air France-KLM buys part of the share owned by Sir Richard, it is very unlikely that the alliance of choice would be anything else than SkyTeam.

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Currently, Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club doesn’t have a single SkyTeam airline on its partner folio. It has seven Star Alliance carriers (Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, SAS, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways & US Airways) and one Oneworld carrier Malaysia Airlines (joining Oneworld in February of 2013).

Conclusion

From my personal perspective, I would rather see Virgin Atlantic joining Star Alliance than SkyTeam that I consider being a tertiary alliance compared to Star and Oneworld.

Delta’s Very Short Holiday Bonus of Up To 2500 SkyMiles for Online Purchases

Delta has an offer for online purchases on their SkyMiles Shopping website. You can earn 250 bonus miles for every $125 you spend for up to 2500 bonus miles. This offer is valid only until November 22, 2012.

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You can access this offer here.

Conclusion

This is probably the worst of the current online bonuses that tend to be valid until the late December. Delta’s offer, however, is over this coming Friday.

Delta Medallion Qualifying Miles Purchase Offer

Delta is repeating the offer they had in 2011 for selling up to 10,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQM’s) that count towards the 2012 qualification in the Sky Miles program. This offer is valid until December 31, 2012.

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Note that these MQM’s that you buy are not award miles. They are used entirely to determine the 2013 status that you will have with Delta’s SkyMiles program.

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If you are short of qualifying for Silver, Gold, Platinum, or Diamond status, it can make sense to purchase some MQM’s. Note that there is a separate offer for joining Delta’s Sky Club and earning 1,500 MQM’s through that purchase.

Right now, I am sitting at 67K MQM’s on Delta’s program for the year. None of these came from Delta flights. I could purchase the required MQM’s to hit the 75K Platinum level, but all I would get is the Economy Comfort on KL flights, if ticketed in economy, and one Choice benefit for hitting 75K level.

If I don’t buy the MQM’s, all the MQM’s over 50K would roll over to the 2013 and count towards 2014 requalification. The main benefit that I get from SkyMiles is the SkyTeam Elite Plus status for business class check in and lounge access on SkyTeam international flights ticketed in economy.

Conclusion

You have to make a decision whether it would make sense for you to buy some MQM’s under this offer if it allows you to hit higher status with Delta.

Had my priority been domestic upgrades on Delta, buying up to Platinum would have made sense.

Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:

Please allow 24 hours for the MQMs purchased under the Buy MQMs Program to be posted to a SkyMiles account. The Buy MQMs program is a limited-time offer and will be available 12:00 a.m. CST November 15, 2012 through 11:59 p.m. CST December 31, 2012. All Buy MQMs transactions are final and non-refundable.

Purchaser may not purchase more than 10,000 MQMs for posting to his or her own account during any one calendar year. Purchaser must purchase the minimum transaction amount per transaction of 2,500 MQMs. Purchased MQMs through the Buy MQMs program will only be deposited toward a member’s 2012 MQM balance. Purchased MQMs will count toward qualifications for SkyMiles Medallion and Million Miler status and will not count toward a member’s available mileage balance for Award Travel.

Buy MQMs may only be received into SkyMiles accounts that have been established for at least 10 days and have earned at least one automatically posted mile since enrolling in the SkyMiles program.

Medallion Complimentary Upgrades are subject to availability and may not be available on all flights or in all markets. Complimentary Upgrades are not available in markets that are serviced with BusinessElite® product. Offers and benefits subject to change without notice.

Rollover benefit means Medallion Qualification Miles earned in 2012 above a member’s earned Medallion threshold level will roll over to 2013 and count toward 2014 Medallion status qualification.

Baggage fee waiver applies to up to 9 people traveling in the eligible member’s reservation. Excess, oversize, and/or overweight baggage fees may apply.

Economy Comfort seating is limited and may not be available on all flights. Economy Comfort seats are offered to a companion of Economy Comfort complimentary-eligible customers at no charge.

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