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We have a winner for today’s giveaway. It is #332 – Bill
Thanks for reading the blog – Rene
Unless you have been living under a rock or only read DeltaPoints.com, and no other blogs, you will have seen the today only deal for 75,000 point AMEX GOLD Membership Rewards card. I do NOT recommend this deal unlike, FTG, MP, Lucky, Gary & Deals. Why? The $10,000 in spend needed! There are so many good cards right now and I will not “feed the beast” with these uber-high spend for points deals. For that kind of spend I can get much better value in cards. But at least you know about the deal if you want it.
Now a deal that is kinda kool is a daily giveaway for free nights from Embassy Suites at their Facebook page. Still not a FB fan but love free rooms!
Also keep in mind you have until 9:PM tonight to sign up for the e-Mail watch giveaway! – Rene
Now this brand new dual time zone watch only works perfect on leap day every 4 years. OK just kidding. I wanted to do something fun today since this year you get 366 posts from me and every other year you will just get 365!
As I have been alluding to all week, anyone who is a CONFIRMED subscriber to the daily e-Mail blast has a chance to win this puppy. I also wanted to take the time to welcome so many new readers this year. Almost every day I get an e-mail from someone who just found the blog and I love your e-mails.
In the blog I always try to speak in a way that is simple and easy to understand to you who are new to this crazy game. Most “seasoned” flyers can still benefit and quickly get the deeper idea’s I am hinting at. Either way here are some good things if you are new:
The “Essentials” tab is the place to start. It will slowly grow but these are the topics I feel are most important to you and are the ones I get the most e-mail questions about.
Next is the “TopTips“. Readers contribute so much to the blog and share their tips for travel.
Lastly the Q&A can answer most of your Delta questions so do look there please.
For our regular readers I have at long last put posts into categories on the right hand bottom of the blog. Also, I have a post coming Saturday where I will want your input so please be sure to comment on it if you can. Enjoy your bonus day of the year today and I will pick the winner of the watch sometime later tonight from the e-Mail list! – René
I love the clean look of the Delta colors on their birds. Southwest does their best to be light hearted but this South African one Kulula-air.com takes the cake. Has anyone seen one of these before or flown on one? Read more here!
It is EZ to sign up for a credit card bonus deal. You get the card and then buy what ever you want with the card. Not rocket science and not much to keep track of other than spend (X-$$$) inside of (X-months) = points.
But there are a bunch of other deals that take just a little more time and entering of you data and then following up and the Delta points rewards can be big. Look at some of the ongoing deals right now:
Marriott has a deal where you can earn up to 50,000 points. (note you can ONLY register if you pick skymiles as your rewards for stays).
Hilton has one where you can earn 2012 points per stay.
Hertz up to 3,400 with rentals
You gotta eat, so Skymiles Dining can earn you a lot and 1,200 bonus points.
There is a new survey site that many have already been e-Mailed about called Whiteboard.
Also you can still get points for Fedex Shipping
And all of these can be found on the official Delta.com web site.
So please take some time now and then to make sure you are maximizing your Skymiles earnings for all your activities you can and naturally pay for them with the card that get’s you the most points as well! – Rene
I wanted to highlight what many new DeltaPoints readers may have missed. If you have been a long time reader of the blog, thanks for poppin’ by, but this will be old news for you so have a great evening and see you in the morning!
What I am talking about is how with just a 2 card Delta churn, you can, with $1000 in spend (2x – $500), have enough points for a low level coach ticket to Europe. You simply apply for and hopefully with a good credit score you receive approvals for both the personal and business Delta GOLD American Express cards (you do not have to have a business to get the business card btw).
Once you spend $500 on each card you will be awarded the 30,000 bonus miles offered. 60,000 points is enough for a free trip (+tax) over the “pond”. If a husband and wife were to both do the card combo, then you are both flying free!
Have any questions? Feel free to e-mail me or you can peak at the Essentials tab at the top of the page for more information. – Rene
Several years ago when my wife and I were still newlyweds and checking in for our return flight home from Sweden the agent suddenly discovered a problem. My wife’s passport was issued in her maiden name, but the award ticket she was traveling on was issued in her married name. The agent said this was not the same person and said my wife could not fly! Fortunately, my wife had had her passport amended to her married name and it became a simple matter of showing the agent the last page in the passport and then all was well. What if you accidentally misspelled your own name on your skymiles account and didn’t notice until after a ticket had been issued? What could you do? It might surprise you to find out that most of these sorts of problems have been alleviated with the advent of TSA’s Secure Flight program.
In the past airlines didn’t necessarily bother to check that the name you gave for a passenger’s ticket matched the identification that passenger would use to board the flight. In fact, as long as you had a boarding pass in hand, you just walked out to the tarmac and on the plane! Airline security has come a long way from the 1960’s and will undoubtedly continue to change in the future. It’s truly amazing how quickly we adapt. Did you ever see a “life insurance dispenser” in those old days of travel or see TV adds like the Miami go go one?
You might think that it makes little difference how your name appears in your skymiles account, and for the most part, as long as it’s accurate, you’re right! Filling in a middle name is optional, and you might consider omitting this information or going with just an initial. Why? Well, as a reader recently pointed out, if your full name is longer it might be abbreviated and the abbreviations are sometimes, well, interesting. My wife formerly had her middle name on her skymiles account but when she noticed her name printed on her boarding passes as “LisaMich” she had it changed to omit the middle name entirely. If your last name has a space or a hyphen you might want to verify that both spouses have it spelled the same if possible, and it’s usually best to leave the space out as the prefix to the name often becomes your new middle name instead. This can also result in you and your spouse being assigned seats apart from one another if the names don’t match up. Lastly, using the prefix of Mr. or Mrs. or Ms. or Miss can also sometimes alter your name as it sometimes becomes fused with the first name. Delta makes it fairly easy now to change your name on your skymiles account and update your personal info online. You have to be logged into your skymiles account to make changes here, or you can access to your itinerary where you can make changes to Secure Flight info here.
What if you find yourself at the airport without your ID for whatever reason – can you still fly? I’m guessing most of you are already saying “No” without a second thought! Obviously if you’re traveling internationally you have to have your passport. Interestingly, TSA says there may be exceptions they can make and the fact that “Not having an ID, does not necessarily mean a passenger won’t be allowed to fly”.
Like I always say, if you want to play you have to know the rules. We’ve all adjusted to the new reality of flying nowadays with liquid restrictions, scanners and shuffling through the line in our stocking feet. Sometimes it’s good to take a look back and see the positive aspects of the changes we can appreciate! – René
Also another quick find if you need to park in ATL you can do so FREE until the end of March with this new place!
If you are looking to go to Europe this summer, with the adding of weekly flights to LHR, now may be the time to find some good flights.
As you can see searching one way each way I find many days with 100k seats. Now it is you turn to do the work to find seats from where you are to ATL and from LHR to where ever you want to go in Europe!
For example looking for 2 seats (yes you can not trust all the “green” dates above but):
Also look at CDG-IAD as a choice for return trips on the AF 380 (if you want to fly it):
Enjoy! – Rene
I love my Award Wallet and check it at least once a day! – René
Every time I’m getting ready to fly I have decided to follow this new & improved 7-Point-Plan :
1. Don’t bathe for at least a week (or more)
2. Go barefoot
- Bring cans of spray paint to tag the jet bridge & the outside of the aircraft with DeltaPoints.com
- Drink too much
- Put on sufficient weight so as to not fit in the seat & fasten seatbelt
- New slant on infant in arms – Require incubation
- Get sick with a raging fever
OK, I’ll do none of these things and that’s is a much wiser choice for us all so we don’t end up as one of the 50 or so people kicked off a plane EACH DAY! But we’ve all endured sitting next to someone who recently consumed large quantities of garlic, onions, or worse, beans! But did you know that having a malodorous condition is grounds for removal from a Delta flight? It might surprise you to see what else can get you removed or denied boarding on page 11 of the official contract of carriage!