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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Delta On Hook For $300M In Loans Made To Gol

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Delta Air Lines investments in airlines are turning sour, and it looks like it may have to repay $300M loan on behalf of its former partner.

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Due date is coming next week on a $300 million private loan made to Gol that is guaranteed by Delta in case of its previous Brazilian partner is unable to come up with the payment.

Delta Air Lines Has Apparently Banned Navy SEAL Who Killed Bin Laden Over No-Mask Photo Tweet

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A controversial photo tweeted by and showing Navy Col. Robert J. O’Neill, the SEAL Team member who killed Osama bin Laden without face mask on a Delta Air Lines flight lead to the carrier banning him from future flights.

The story has already caused a storm of opinions from various sides in print-, online and social media bringing out (as so often) the worst attributes of the latter.

Airfare of the Day [Delta One] DELTA AIR LINES Atlanta to Santiago de Chile from $1,642

Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to Delta and their business class advance purchse round trip fares between Atlanta (ATL), USA and Santiago (SCL), Chile.

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Delta Medallion Elite Benefits On LATAM Flights

Delta bought a stake in LATAM last year, and they introduced reciprocal miles earning and award benefits earlier this year.

LATAM yesterday released a list of elite benefits (read more here) that its frequent fliers can avail to themselves on Delta operated flights. There are Medallion benefits in place on LATAM flights for Delta fliers too.

LATAM Oneworld & Delta Elite Benefits Update

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LATAM and Delta announced a partnership back in 2019 that resulted in the US airline taking a stake in its Latin American counterpart that resulted in LATAM’s decision to withdraw from Oneworld Alliance that took place on May 1.

Subsequently, LATAM has filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States (read more here), while trying to renegotiate its obligations, and exited the Argentinean market (LATAM Argentina ceased operations).

Airfare of the Day [Business Class] DELTA AIR LINES New York to Cancun from $460

Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to Delta and their business class sell-up OW non-refundable fares between New York (JFK), USA and Cancun (CUN), Mexico.

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Delta American Express Limited Time Offers August 17 – December 31, 2020

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Delta and American Express have today launched limited time bonus miles offers that are available on affiliated credit cards through the end of 2020.

Everyone earns 5 miles per USD charged for Delta purchase. Platinum and Reserve cardholders can earn bonus and MQM miles while Gold cardholders get 5X miles for restaurant purchases that include takeout and delivery.

Airfare of the Day [First Class] DELTA Miami to Puerto Rico from $495

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Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to Delta and their business class sell-up non-refundable fares between Miami (MIA), USA and San Juan (SJU), Puerto Rico.

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Airfare of the Day [Premium Select] DELTA Los Angeles to Tokyo from $950

Today’s Airfare of the Day goes to Delta and their shoulder season midweek premium economy round trip fares between Los Angeles (LAX), USA and Tokyo (HND), Japan.

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