Delta SkyMiles Partner Airline Mileage Earning Changes

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Delta Airlines sent out an email yesterday to SkyMiles members alerting them about the changes that are coming to earning MQM’s (Medallion Qualifying Miles) and award miles starting on September 1, 2013. You can access Delta’s dedicated web page for this change here.

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The header of the email should have alerted about the most major change that is the non-earning of MQM’s on any flight operated by Korean Air (that is not marketed by Delta) and reduced earning of award miles as well.

Very Low Delta VDB Compensation Bid Choices For International Flights

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When an airline has sold more seats to the flight that it can accommodate, they usually first source VDB (voluntarily denied boarding) volunteers for airline credits. If they don’t get enough VDB’s, then the airline can IDB (involuntarily denied boarding) some passengers that are usually eligible for cash compensation.

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Delta has a function on their website, where they solicit VDB’s on flights that have been oversold. You can make your bid what would be your the lowest amount that you would be willing to give your seat on that specific flight.

How Is SPG & Delta Crossover Rewards Doing?

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Delta and Starwood announced their Crossover Rewards back in February (read my post here) that I broke couple of days earlier after getting hold of the terms and conditions of the program.

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The program gives Delta elites some benefits on Starwood hotel stays and vice versa. The only benefit that I will see from this program is some Starpoints for Delta flights and some SkyMiles for Starwood room rate spend.

W Hotels Delta 1000 Bonus Miles & Two Cocktails

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W Hotels has a new offer for Delta SkyMiles members. You can earn 1000 bonus miles for your stay + 2 cocktails by booking WHMILES rate plan and staying between April 9 and July 9, 2013. You can access SPG’s website for this promotion here.

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You must have your airline auto deposit activated and have Delta as the partner airline to be eligible for the bonus miles. You can activate this transfer here. Note that you need to contact SPG, if you later want to cancel this auto deposit to airline miles.

Delta “Enhances” Same-day Confirmed And Not For The Better

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Delta just made an announcement about the changes to the Same-day Confirmed-program that will take effect on April 23, 2013, and not for the better. You can read more about this on Delta’s website here.

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Same-day confirmed has allowed Gold or higher SkyMiles members to confirm to a flight that is on the same date as the originally ticketed flight and to do this without any charges if done within 3 hours of the scheduled departure time of the new flight.

Hilton HHonors Las Vegas Offer For Triple Airline Miles

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Hilton HHonors has an offer for triple miles at participating Las Vegas properties for stays between April 1 and June 30, 2013. You can access and register for this offer here.

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The participating airline for this offer are Aeroplan, Alaska, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, United, US Airways and Virgin America.

Hilton HHonors Delta SkyMiles Offer: 2013 Bonus Miles For Stays Of 2 Nights Or Longer

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Hilton has a new offer for 2013 bonus Delta SkyMiles for stays of two nights or longer between April 1 and June 30, 2013. You can access Hilton’s web page and register for this promotion here.

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This bonus can be earned maximum of seven times during the promotion period for a total of 14091 miles. You need to have Delta as your fixed or variable miles partner.

New Delta.com Feature: Upgrade To First Class Using Miles

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Delta Air Lines is now testing new feature on its Delta.com website. During the booking process you are presented an option to upgrade to first class using cash or miles. The value attached to a SkyMile under this upgrade program is one cent.

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On the positive side you will earn Medallion Qualifying (MQM’s) and award miles based on the upgraded fare class.

Virgin Atlantic Not Joining (For Now) SkyTeam

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Delta is in the process of buying 49% of the Virgin Atlantic from Singapore Airlines and this deal is expected to close later this year.

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When this announcement was done back in December, it was expected that the airline would also shortly join the SkyTeam alliance. You can read more about this on Bloomberg article that you can access here.

Delta’s Policy Change About Death & SkyMiles

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Delta representative made a post yesterday on FlyerTalk that they had updated the SkyMiles member guide and that there had been a change of policy about death & SkyMiles. Unfortunately, he didn’t elaborate this further.

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Until now, Delta had allowed transfer of SkyMiles upon death by filling out an affidavit and sending it to Delta.

Alaska Partner Oneway Awards Now Bookable Online (AA Only) & Mixed Carrier Itineraries

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One-way partner awards have been coming to Alaska already for some time and now American Airlines ones are bookable online.

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Both American and Delta awards are online for one-way travel, but booking Delta makes no sense, as you are charged for return travel anyway.

Get Your 6 to 12 Months Regus Businessworld Gold Membership For Free

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Just last week, I visited one of the Regus locations in Bangkok and wrote a piece about it that you can access here. Regus offers temporarily office space in 95 countries and has more than 1500 locations. I have received Regus Businessworld Gold offer few times for being an elite member with airline frequent flier program, but that is not a requirement to get this access for free, however.

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I just used Google and searched the airlines that offer complimentary Businessworld Gold membership for their frequent fliers. You can get 6 months free membership via Enrich (not even required to join the program) and 12 months free via Lufthansa’s Miles & More (need membership number).

SPG & Delta Crossover Rewards Registration Now Open

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The registration for linking your SPG and Delta SkyMiles accounts to benefit of the Crossover Rewards is now open at either SPG’s website here or Delta’s website here. You only have to link your accounts once. If you have Delta flights coming in on early March or SPG stays, you should register now to start earning extra SkyMiles and Starpoints.

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When I tried to link my accounts on SPG’s website, I got the following error message quite a few times.

Westin Heavenly In-Flight Bedding Coming To Delta’s BusinessElite

Delta and Starwood are announcing later today their partnership of bringing Westin Heavenly In-Flight Bedding to BusinessElite flights starting this summer. There was interesting article on NY Times about this that you can access here.

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This is likely part of the greater partnership between Starwood and Delta that started with the Crossover Rewards announcement earlier this month. I first broke the story about this new type of partnership with Delta and Starwood on February 5. You can read more about Crossover Rewards here that is starting on March 1.

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