Reports of the Demise of Delta’s Award Charts Are Greatly Exaggerated

Delta_2015_Award_Chart

From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... Before we get rolling this week, I want to send a special shoutout to our friend (P)lucky for being such a good sport about my post last week mocking his love of Lufthansa (see "Will A Certain Fellow Blogger Please Calm Down About Lufthansa"). If … [Read more...]

United and Delta’s Revenue-Based Programs Are Bad News for Corporate Travel

I was in New York last year with a day to spare and decided to look for some new travel startups. One of them was Rocketrip, and I had a nice chat with its CEO, Daniel Ruch. The basic concept behind Rocketrip is that it helps companies incentivize their workers to reduce corporate travel … [Read more...]

Tweeting Into The Abyss About Devaluations

I hate being a Debbie Downer. Really I do. I'm typically an optimistic person. A "glass half full" kind of guy. Unless it's a nice gin and tonic, in which case I'd prefer it to be a "glass completely empty" so I have an excuse to order another one. But I can't help being somewhat gloomy … [Read more...]

Delta 747 BusinessElite, Tokyo to Los Angeles

Delta 747-400 upper deck

I flew to Tokyo from Seattle on Delta’s A330-200, but returned on the 747-400 nonstop to Los Angeles.  Before this trip, the 747 was the final aircraft in the Delta fleet that I hadn’t flown (I’ve flown many other 747s, just not a Delta one), so I was pretty excited to say the least.  … [Read more...]

Review: Seattle to Tokyo in Delta’s A330 BusinessElite

Business class cabin (from in-flight)

In April, I took a quick trip to Tokyo.  I used 120,000 Delta Skymiles to book Los Angeles-Seattle-Tokyo-Los Angeles, although it is now 140,000 miles after the latest devaluation.  The Los Angeles to Seattle flight was originally on Alaska Airlines, though a schedule change allowed me to … [Read more...]

A Revenue Model for Alaska’s Mileage Plan Could Be Good

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I first heard rumors from One Mile at a Time that Alaska Airlines is sending out a survey with questions that suggest it plans to implement a new revenue-based loyalty program instead of the traditional model that awards miles and status based on distance flown. The Points Guy took this … [Read more...]