Triple Delta SkyMiles At Novotel & Sofitel Hotels In North America


Le Club Accorhotels has a promotion for triple Delta SkyMiles for stays at participating Sofitel and Novotel hotels in North America between November 1 and March 31, 2014.


Note that you must have enable the auto conversion of points to miles and have Delta SkyMiles as your partner program to be eligible for the triple miles.

US Airlines Take On Their Middle Eastern Rivals


There is a very interesting article on WSJ about the rise of the Middle Eastern airlines of Emirates, Qatar, and Etihad in the United States. You can access the full article on WSJ’s website here.


These three airlines are constantly expanding their routes between their home cities of Dubai, Doha, and Abu Dhabi and all the major cities in the United States. Emirates also recently started to fly between Milan and New York.

ExpertFlyer Loses (Screen Scraping) Access To United’s Upgrade Inventories & Delta Changes


Many frequent fliers use an online tool called ExpertFlyer to monitor award and upgrade inventories on number of airlines. Two weeks ago Delta made ExpertFlyer to remove their upgrade inventory and United did the same yesterday. ExpertFlyer lost the access to AA’s sticker upgrades already while ago.


ExpertFlyer’s announcement about Delta:

Delta SkyMiles Medallion Fast Track Offer (Targeted)


Delta has been emailing instant Silver offers with a fast track offer for up to Platinum status and keeping it until February, 2015, for flying set number of MQM’s (Medallion Qualifying Miles) or MQS’s (Medallion Qualifying Segments) within 90-day period.


You can can register for this offer up to December 31, 2013, and the 90-day fast track qualification period starts from the registration date.

Compensation Clinic: Delayed Delta CDG-SEA Flight & EC 261/2004


LoyaltyLobby reader Neil had a severely delayed Delta flight from Paris to Seattle this past July. The plane had brake issues and had to be swapped. The original flight crew timed out shortly thereafter making the arrival delayed more than nine hours.


The reader had first learned about the EC 261/2004 compensation scheme on my write up last year that you can access here.

Delta Airbus A380’s Flying Around Asia (At Least On Ads)?


Seems that someone at Delta is not aware of that they have not been able to secure used Airbus A380’s (at least not yet). Delta is known to buy old planes from other airlines.


Delta or their advertising agency here in Japan is using Airbus A380 looking aircraft in Delta’s livery advertising their flights from Japan to Guam and Hawaii.

Wyndham Rewards Fall 2013 Triple Miles Offers: Alaska, AeroMexico, American Airlines, Delta, United, US Airways & Airberlin

Wyndham Rewards has several airline offers for triple miles for three stays (from second to fourth) between October 15 and January 31, 2014.


Note that the number of airline miles that you earn is dependent of the Wyndham affiliated hotel brand and it sometimes varies between the airline programs. You can check the number of base miles that you earn before bonus here.

Delta SkyMiles Award Level Name Changes

LoyaltyLobby reader sent me an email yesterday regarding the renaming of Delta’s award levels. He wanted to know if there is a reason for this change.


Delta used to name award levels as Low, Medium and High. After the change on September 25, these are called Saver, Standard and Peak.

Hilton HHonors Delta SkyMiles Promotion: Double Miles + 250 MQM’s For Two Nights Or Longer Stays


Hilton HHonors is offering Delta SkyMiles members double miles + 250 MQM’s (Medallion Qualifying Miles) for stays of two nights or longer between September 30 and December 13, 2013.


You need to choose Points and Variable or Fixed miles as your preferred Double Dip option and Delta as the partner airline. The number of MQM’s that you can earn under this offer are capped at 10,000.

Delta Medallion Qualifying Dollars (MQD’s) Now Displayed On


Delta made an announcement on January 17, 2013, about the changes to its SkyMiles program starting on January 1, 2014 (read more here).


Starting on January 1st, 2014, Delta added a MQD requirement in addition to flow miles to reach Silver, Gold, Platinum or Diamond status with the program. The MQD requirement is not onerous for those that fly on mixed fares, but can be problematic for passengers that always fly on rock bottom ones.

SPG Platinum Members Now Eligible For First Class Upgrades On Delta Flights


SPG and Delta launched Crossover Rewards back in February (you can read more here). I broke the story few days earlier and had the original intended terms and conditions that did include space available upgrades on Delta flights for SPG Platinum elites (read more here).

This program feature was withdrawn before the official launch, however.


Now, Delta has updated the terms and conditions of the Crossover Rewards program and the day of departure upgrades for SPG Platinum members are part of the program. You can access the Delta’s web page for this program here, frequently asked questions here, and the terms and conditions here.

Are You Smarter Than Two Delta Diamond Agents? What Is 40,000 – 32,500?

I was laughing (or crying) when I saw this on my Facebook feed couple of weeks ago. Friend of mine had tried to change the award and the Delta Diamond agents had great difficulty doing a simple calculation:


Computer says this and computer says that is often the answer even when you call an elite desk. Sometimes, I have been wondering if these agents have any brain cells left or the ability to think anything beyond what the “computer says”. I wrote about this back in May when agents had trouble tagging my checked in bag to the final destinations (you can access the piece here).

Delta SkyMiles Bonus Offer: Up To 45,000 Miles For New Account (Targeted)

LoyaltyLobby reader from Brazil forwarded me an email that he had received from Delta.


Apparently, Delta is trying to get more members to sign up in the Brazilian market and is offering up to 45,000 bonus miles for number of activities. Note that this offer is targeted and thus I cannot provide a link for it.

Delta SkyMiles Changes: Awards Holds Gone & Miles Required Business Awards Up


Delta SkyMiles made an announcement earlier today that awards holds were going away starting on September 9, 2013, and that the number of miles required award travel in international business class would go up for travel after June 1, 2014. Delta didn’t, however, have the updated award charts up on its website at the time of announcement.


I just went through all the regions and the changes are only for business class awards at low level. There are markets that don’t have any changes. It would have been easier had Delta just announced the changes and not tried to hide them on award charts.

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