Update: Apology and Travel Waivers Issued For Passengers Affected by Delta Air Lines Outage

Flights operated by Delta Air Lines have been departing as of 11:45 in the evening Eastern Standard Time on Sunday, January 29, 2017; and a ground stop has been lifted as the information technology systems of Delta Air Lines are in the process returning to normal after a systems outage which resulted in departure delays and cancellations.

Meanwhile, approximately 150 flights have already been cancelled last night; and more flights are expected to be canceled today. A waiver has been issued for travel scheduled on…

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Update: Ground Stop Canceled For Delta Air Lines — But…

If you have been affected by the ground stop of Delta Air Lines in the 48 continuous United States as the result of automation issues, I have some good news to report to you: the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States has issued the following advisory moments ago…

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Travel To Mexico in Economy Class: Delta Air Lines Flash Sale — January 2017 Edition

T he amount of SkyMiles you need to redeem for travel to Mexico in economy class has been discounted to as few as 22,000 SkyMiles round trip from now through Wednesday, March 15, 2017 — but you must book your award travel by Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 11:59 in the evening, as this sale is only in effect through then; and you must stay over a Saturday night.

Delta Air Lines Flash Sale — January 2017 Edition

Taxes and fees are not included in the redemption of award tickets. Those are extra costs of which you will have to pay whenever you redeem your SkyMiles for a ticket, which must be purchased at the official Internet web site of Delta Air Lines.

A portion of travel for some itineraries may be on the Delta Connection and Delta Shuttle carriers — including:

  • Compass Airlines
  • Endeavor Air, Incorporated
  • ExpressJet Airlines, Incorporated
  • GoJet Airlines
  • Shuttle America
  • SkyWest
  • Shuttle America

Select Terms and Conditions

Award travel is subject to government-imposed taxes and fees and carrier-imposed charges, which are your responsibility and must be paid at the time the ticket is booked. Taxes, fees and charges imposed by the carrier depend upon the itinerary, and will range between $30.00 and $80.00 one-way for Main Cabin travel from the contiguous 48 United States to Caribbean and Mexico, and will range between $70.00 and $130.00 one-way for Main Cabin travel from the Caribbean and Mexico to the 48 contiguous continental United States to Europe. Taxes shown are based on nonstop flights and accurate as of February 1, 2016. Award seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or in all markets.

Tickets are not refundable except in accordance with the cancellation policy of Delta Air Lines. Fees may apply for downgrades or reissues and itinerary changes. Award ticket changes must be implemented at least 72 hours prior to the departure time of the flight being changed. Award tickets booked within 72 hours of departure are not refundable and cannot be redeposited or reissued unless prohibited by local law or within the risk-free cancellation period. No changes will be permitted to the originating flight of award tickets booked within 72 hours; however, changes to the return flight are permitted if the return flight is not within 72 hours and the change is implemented at least 72 hours prior to flight departure.  Fees apply for any changes; and taxes and fees will apply. Voluntary changes to award tickets after the promotion has ended may result in an increase in mileage costs.

Redemption amounts, fees, rules, and offers are subject to change without notice.

In terms of fees for baggage, allowances are subject to size or weight limits. Refer to excess baggage for details.

Other restrictions, terms and conditions apply — including but not limited to additional fare rules, restrictions, fees, and baggage charges which may apply


This is the January 2017 iteration of the monthly flash sale being offered by Delta Air Lines, which started in August — and if you live in a location which is prone to winter weather, a trip to Mexico most likely sounds good to you right about now.

Definitively calling this a good deal is difficult to do without an actual award chart to which can be referred; but saving any amount of SkyMiles on an award ticket is better than not saving any at all.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

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Crying Baby Removed From Premium Class Cabin: Justified or Not?

In the latest saga pertaining to the ongoing debate of whether or not children and babies should be permitted in the premium class cabin aboard an airplane, a member of the flight crew asked a husband and wife to move to the economy class cabin of the aircraft because their daughter was screaming and crying prior to departure for a flight operated by…

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Delta Air Lines Policy Changes as a Result of Perceived Discrimination Against Doctor

“Effective Dec. 1, Delta flight attendants are no longer required to verify medical credentials. They can now secure a medical professional’s help based on the volunteer’s statement that he or she is a physician, physician assistant, nurse, paramedic or EMT.”

This policy change was announced in this article which was posted at Delta News Hub as the result of perceived discrimination against a doctor during a medical emergency greater than…

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SkyMiles Medallion Elite Status Level Match Challenge: Now From More Airlines

If you have earned elite level status with an airline other than Delta Air Lines, you can request to participate in the SkyMiles Medallion Status Match Challenge and qualify for comparable elite level status with the Medallion program — and if you submit your information and meet the criteria to participate, you will receive Platinum, Gold or Silver Medallion elite level status based on your current elite level status with the frequent flier loyalty program of another airline.

Your elite level status will remain valid for 90 days once your request has been processed.

Once you complete the flight requirements…

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Your Chance to Win the London Delta One Chelsea Football Club Ticket Sweepstakes

Delta Air Lines is not only the official airline of many professional sports teams in the United States; but it is also the official airline of Chelsea Football Club in the United Kingdom — and as a member of the SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program, you have a chance to be one of six winners of a round-trip flight for two people to Heathrow Airport in London as passengers seated in the Delta One cabin and “score amazing seats at Stamford Bridge” in Fulham to watch the football game against Hull City on Sunday, January 22, 2017.

You must…

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Earn Up to 1,500 Bonus SkyMiles by Shopping for the Holidays 2016

Effective through Friday, December 9, 2016 at 11:59:59 in the evening Eastern Daylight Time, you can earn up to 1,500 bonus Delta Air Lines SkyMiles — in addition to the standard SkyMiles earned — during the Holiday Bonus campaign at the SkyMiles Shopping portal by spending the following minimum amounts of money for shopping for qualifying purchases on your favorite products from hundreds of participating retailers…

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