Delta Air Lines Cancels More Than 500 Flights Over Thanksgiving Due To Pilot Shortage

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Delta Air Lines had a pretty disastrous Thanksgiving weekend so far as the carrier was forced to cancel more than 500 flights due to a shortage of pilots.

Many passengers had their travel plans disrupted after the carrier had earlier changed their crew roster during the pandemic and suddenly wasn’t prepared for mass demand anymore.

Alitalia & Delta To Launch Quarantine Free Flights With Three Covid Tests Between Atlanta – Rome

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Alitalia and Delta have teamed up with Rome’s airport and will start offering quarantine free flights between Atlanta (ATL) and Fiumicino (FCO) airports that require three covid tests.

Passengers that take one of the flights and test negative can forgo the mandatory quarantine in Italy for US arrivals. Passengers, however, must meet the Schengen entry requirements.

Airfare of the Day [Upper Class] VIRGIN ATLANTIC London to Los Angeles from £787

Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to Virgin Atlantic and their basic season business class promotional round trip fares between London and North America. This fare also allows bookings on Delta, Air France or KLM codeshares.

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Delta Air Lines & WestJet Proposed Joint Venture Crashes

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Delta Air Lines and WestJet decided to call off their planned US-Canada trans-border joint venture after the U.S government required changes for it to go forward.

The airlines would have needed to relinquish 16 take-off and landing slots at the New York’s La Guardia airport and exclude WestJet’s Swoop from the alliance.

Airfare of the Day [Delta One] DELTA AIR LINES Sao Paulo to New York from $413 OW

Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to Delta and their business one way special excursion fares between Sao Paulo (GRU), Brazil and New York (JFK/LGA), USA.

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Airfare of the Day [Delta One] DELTA AIR LINES Chicago to Rio de Janeiro from $1,043

Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to Delta and their business class excursion non-refundable round trip fares between Chicago (ORD), USA and Rio de Janeiro (GIG/SDU), Brazil. This fare is also being matched by American Airlines via MIA.

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Airfare of the Day [Business Class] AIR FRANCE/ALITALIA New York to Cairo from $2,398

Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to Delta and their business class excursion non-refundable round trip fares between New York (JFK), USA and Cairo (CAI), Egypt, bookable on Air France or Alitalia codeshares.

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Airfare of the Day [Business Class] DELTA/VIRGIN ATLANTIC London to Seattle from £1,220

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Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to Delta and their midweek business class promotional round trip fares between London (LHR), United Kingdom and Seattle (SEA), USA, which allows routing on Virgin Atlantic nonstop service.

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Delta SkyMiles Elevated Status Match Through October 31, 2020

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Today, Delta Air Lines launched an elevated limited-time status match campaign for tier members from competing US airlines.

You can get equal or higher Medallion status with Delta through March 31, 2021, and a fast track offer to keep it until January 31, 2022.

Delta Eliminates SkyMiles Award Redeposit & Change Fees

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Delta Air Lines today announced positive changes to its SkyMiles program that hopefully both United and American soon match.

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SkyMiles award redeposit and change fees are waived immediately. Also, there is no longer penalty for changing or canceling awards within 72 hours of departure.

How Valuable & Profitable Are Airline Frequent Flyer Programs?

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US-based airlines American, Delta, and United, have all issued debt backed by their respective frequent flyer programs to the tune of $6B or more each.

Hilton and Marriott have presold Honors and Bonvoy points in advance to credit card issuers (American Express and Chase).

Delta Loans $6.5B Guaranteed By SkyMiles

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Delta Air Lines today did what American Airlines and United both have already done and issued secured notes (loaned money) guaranteed by its SkyMiles frequent flier program.

Delta’s goal is to get $6.5B in funds while United and American both received roughly $5B each.

Delta Eliminates Domestic Change Fees

Delta today announced that the airline would eliminate domestic change fees for all other than Basic Economy-fares effective immediately.

Delta’s fee waiver applies to domestic US, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands. AA’s new waiver, however, also includes Canada, Mexico, and the entire Caribbean + voucher for any residual value (no mention on Delta’s release).

Airfare of the Day [Business Class] DELTA/AIR FRANCE/KLM Paris to New York from 1,195€

Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to Delta and their midweek business class promotional round trip fares between Paris (CDG), France and New York (JFK), USA, which allows routing on Air France/KLM codeshares.

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