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No More Free Travel Using SkyMiles From Delta Air Lines in the Future?

“‘We want people to be able to use those miles not to fly for free but to control your experience,’ says Glen Hauenstein, Delta’s incoming president and architect of the airline’s revenue plans. To do this, Delta plans to adjust the pricing of seats at the front of the plane so more are sold. While Delta currently sells just 57 percent of its first- and business-class cabins, the company said in December that it will boost the figure to 70 percent by 2018.”

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Award Sale: As Low as 5,000 Delta SkyMiles for Redemption

During a sale called The Great 48 Escape, as low as 5,000 Delta SkyMiles are needed for one-way award travel based on a required round-trip itinerary — meaning that this sale includes origins and destinations within the contiguous 48 United States for award travel — but you must purchase your ticket at least 14 days in advance of your intended departure date by Thursday, August 6, 2015; and all travel must be completed by Wednesday, December 16, 2015.

If you prefer paying for your travel with money instead of SkyMiles, you are in luck as well: the sale also includes airfares as low as $74.00 each way in either Basic Economy or Main Cabin classes based on the purchase of a based on a required round-trip itinerary.

In both scenarios, taxes and fees are not included in the price; and most of the same rules and restrictions apply regardless of the method with which you use to pay for your trip. For example, your itinerary must include a Saturday night as a minimum requirement.

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2015 Delta SkyMiles Award Charts Released Today

The SkyMiles awards redemption chart effective as of January 1, 2015 for travel from the continental United States, Alaska and Canada was released today by Delta Air Lines — and FlyerTalk members are already currently discussing it. The highlights of the award charts for the redemption of SkyMiles in all classes include no price increases to the lowest award redemption levels, as previously reported here at The Gate — and of the 44 award level pricing changes…

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Once Again: Increased Cost of SkyMiles for Additional Award Destinations by Delta

“This afternoon, you’ll be able to see some updates to our Award Ticket charts on delta.com”, posted FlyerTalk member DwayneSkyMiles — one of the official company representatives of Delta Air Lines on FlyerTalk. “To balance continued investments in products and services, we regularly evaluate Award pricing and adjust it periodically. Select redemption levels are changing for Award Tickets booked on or after November 8, 2013, for travel on or after February 1, 2014. You can continue to book Award Tickets for travel before February 1, 2014, at the current Award redemption levels.” In other words…

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Double Delta SkyMiles and Double Medallion Qualification Miles on Select Flights To and From Seattle

Travel between Seattle and six airports along the west coast of the United States on Delta Air Lines by October 31, 2014 and you will earn double bonus SkyMiles and double Medallion Qualification Miles towards elite level status for the next year — but you must book your trips by December 31, 2013 at the latest to take advantage of this offer. The six cities valid for this promotion to or from Seattle are as follows…

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Increase Cost of SkyMiles for International Business Class; Award Hold Discontinued by Delta

An award ticket in the business class cabin on an international flight will cost you more SkyMiles if you travel on certain routes on June 1, 2014 or thereafter, according to FlyerTalk member DwayneSkyMiles — one of the official company representatives of Delta Air Lines on FlyerTalk. The increased redemption amounts for “low” awards for a seat in what is considered the “true” international BusinessElite cabin include the following…

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