Alaska Airlines Raises Prices for Delta Awards

Alaska Delta award changes

It's no surprise that Alaska Airlines has raised the award rates for many Delta-operated flights -- by an average of 26% for those routes affected. Delta has indicated in changes to its own loyalty program that it is making many awards more expensive (a new calculation for awarding miles, … [Read more...]

Double Dip with Starwood and Delta’s Crossover Rewards

Crossover Rewards

Given all the changes to the Delta SkyMiles loyalty program in the past year, many have questioned if the program still deserves one's loyalty. The addition of Medallion Qualifying Dollars makes it more challenging to earn elite status. The new method for earning award miles -- from one … [Read more...]

Is the Gold Delta SkyMiles Card Worthwhile?

Delta Gold Amex

With all the news about Delta and Alaska Airlines this week, a couple of local readers wanted my opinion when Delta sent out a targeted offer to Seattle residents for the Gold Delta SkyMiles credit card. We're being tempted with 50,000 SkyMiles after spending $1,000 in the first three … [Read more...]

Delta and Alaska Cut Reciprocal Elite Benefits

Elite updates

Several readers messaged me this morning that Delta Air Lines and Alaska Airlines have agreed to limit the reciprocal benefits they provide to elite customers traveling on the other's flights (HT to Paul). These changes are effective on May 1 and indicate a continuing deterioration in the … [Read more...]

Reciprocal Lounge Access Policies for Alaska Airlines Customers

SEA Board Room Downstairs

If you're an Alaska Airlines customer thinking about purchasing a membership to the Board Room airport lounge, you may be put off by the limited number of locations. Alaska operates its own Board Rooms in just five airports, and there is a report that the San Francisco location will be … [Read more...]

Delta Pisses Off Seattle Customers

Delta bag tags

FlyerTalk is abuzz with news that Delta has started attaching extra tags to ALL of its customers' bags as they come off the baggage carousel in Seattle, according to user bjohnsonmn. These tags remind customers that they could check their bags for free if they had the Delta Gold … [Read more...]