Award Tickets Now Upgradeable on Delta Air Lines

If you are a Diamond, Platinum or Gold Medallion member of the Delta Air Lines SkyMiles frequent flier program, you can now request an upgrade on either an award ticket or a “pay with miles” ticket — and success is already being reported regarding the Upgrade changes rolling out in August.

Other changes include the clearing of companion upgrades at the 24-hour mark after Silver Medallion SkyMiles members clear, rather than at 12 hours; and Diamond and Platinum Medallion SkyMiles members can be added to the airport standy for systemwide upgrades that do not clear before checking in.

Meanwhile, completely unrelated to this news is that Delta Air Lines began the process of overhauling their Internet web site by freshening the home “page”.

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Double Medallion Qualification Miles and Up to 50,000 Bonus Delta Air Lines SkyMiles Per Round-Trip…

…but the offer is only good when originating from select cities such as Pittsburgh and Nashville.

Still, to take advantage of the double MQM + up to 50,000 bonus miles per round-trip promotion by Delta Air Lines, it may be worth positioning oneself to select airports around the United States to attain SkyMiles Medallion elite status — for 2011, anyway, as the promotion is good immediately until December 31, 2010.

The more round-trip flights one takes on Delta Air Lines from select origination cities for the remainder of 2010, the more Medallion Qualification Miles and bonus SkyMiles one can earn, as follows:

  • 5,000 bonus Delta Air Lines SkyMiles plus double Medallion Qualification Miles when you fly to Delta Air Lines hub cities—Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis, New York/JFK and Salt Lake City
  • 10,000 bonus Delta Air Lines SkyMiles plus double Medallion Qualification Miles for flights to all other cities in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean — greater than 350 from which to choose
  • 25,000 bonus Delta Air Lines SkyMiles plus double Medallion Qualification Miles for international travel in Economy Class to greater than 70 countries
  • 50,000 bonus Delta Air Lines SkyMiles plus double Medallion Qualification Miles for international travel in BusinessElite

Other rules and restrictions apply.

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Leaving from Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Delta Air Lines Tomorrow Might Earn You 40,000 SkyMiles

Delta plans RDU giveaway on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 when Delta Air Lines celebrates 40 continuous years of serving Raleigh-Durham International Airport and commemorates that milestone by giving away 40,000 SkyMiles to one passenger on each of its 41 flights departing from that airport all day tomorrow.

Jeff Robertson, who is vice president of the Delta Air Lines SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program, will be there to help celebrate. Complimentary cookies will be passed out on the concourse.

One FlyerTalk member was so excited that he or she purchased a ticket for $378, thinking that he or she would automatically get the 40,000 bonus SkyMiles. Well, at least that FlyerTalk member can take advantage of the 24-hour risk-free cancellation policy if he or she is not feeling all that lucky after all…

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Delta SkyMiles Award Redemption Fees Eliminated; Other Fees Increase

Although the discussion is more positive than negative, there is mixed reaction by FlyerTalk members who are also Delta Air Lines SkyMiles members regarding the SkyMiles Award Fees: Effective 6/2, they be changin’, depending on the elite Medallion status and award redemption habits of SkyMiles members.

  • Effective immediately, Delta Air Lines no longer charges a fee for SkyMiles award ticket redemptions, even for last minute bookings.
  • However, a reissue fee of $150 — increased from $100, effective immediately — will apply for changes made to SkyMiles award tickets purchased on or after June 2, 2010. This reissue fee is waived for Diamond and Platinum Medallion members.
  • The redeposit fee for unused SkyMiles award tickets will be $150, also increased from $100, effective immediately. This fee is also waived for Diamond and Platinum Medallion members.
  • Platinum Medallion SkyMiles members will no longer be limited to two reissue or redeposit fee waivers, effective immediately.

Other changes that do not take effect immediately are also discussed amongst Delta SkyMiles forum FlyerTalk members.

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Delta Air Lines Eliminates Fees for Last-Minute Award Travel Bookings for ALL SkyMiles Members

If you have Delta Air Lines SkyMiles which you would like to use at the last minute — say for a trip in a couple of days — Delta no longer has fees for “close-in” award travel…

…and FlyerTalk members are experiencing this new policy first-hand, resulting in cheers and kudos for Delta Air Lines. All Delta Air Lines SkyMiles members can take advantage of this policy.

Additionally, the direct ticketing charge for booking an award ticket with a Delta agent via telephone has been waived for Diamond, Platinum and Gold Medallion SkyMiles members.

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Earn 200 Bonus Airline Miles Every Night You Stay with Priority Club

The following text is taken verbatim from an e-mail message received just moments ago:

Earn bonus miles every night you stay, and get rewarded faster!

Get an additional 200 miles for every qualifying night you stay from February 1 to April 30, 2010 – up to 4,000 miles with any hotel in the Priority Club® Rewards family of brands, InterContinental®, Crowne Plaza®, Hotel Indigo®, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® or Candlewood Suites® hotels worldwide. With over 4,300 hotels worldwide, it’s never been easier to earn bonus miles.

Details such as qualifying airlines and FlyerTalk member commentary can be found in the following threads:

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Goodbye, Northwest Airlines WorldPerks

As the Northwest Airlines WorldPerks program has been integrated into the new Delta Air Lines SkyMiles program, so have the two FlyerTalk forums combined into the new Delta Air Lines SkyMiles forum, where one can stop by and read the comments lamenting the end of the Northwest WorldPerks frequent flier program, as well as optimistic comments pertaining to the new Delta Air Lines SkyMiles program.

Both the old Delta SkyMiles and Northwest WorldPerks forums are still intact as sub-forums of the new Delta SkyMiles forum.

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Do You Have Too Many Elite Qualification Miles?

How could one have Too many MQMs? The irony of “best in class” is attributed to the new SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program of Delta Air Lines since its merger with Northwest Airlines.

Is having too many elite qualification miles actually a problem? It seems to be a concern for FlyerTalk member redtailshark.

Because of the new rollover feature of the SkyMiles program, where excess unused Medallion Qualification Miles can be “rolled over” to the next year, some FlyerTalk members are opting to guarantee themselves a certain level of elite status for this year and the next year rather than achieve a higher level of status for this year and have an even lesser status — or, worse,  no status at all — for the next year.

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175,000 SkyMiles to Go From Atlanta to…Atlanta?!?

Imagine spending 175,000 Delta Air Lines SkyMiles to take a 7 Hr Flight ATL – ATL.

More accurately, FlyerTalk member MileTex was traveling on a flight from Dallas-Fort Worth to Dubai via Atlanta on a SkyMiles award ticket. However, the aircraft fron Atlanta to Dubai was apparently consuming more fuel than usual, which could prevent the aircraft from completing its journey to Dubai. Approximately four hours into the flight, the decision was made to turn the aircraft around and head back to Atlanta. By the time the aircraft arrived back in Atlanta, approximately 7 hours had elapsed since the flight departed from Atlanta.

Because the unexpected problem would have shortened the time in Dubai to two days from the original 3 days MileTex was originally going to spend there, MileTex decided to head back to Dallas-Fort Worth and cancel the trip.

Should MileTex receive a refund of the SkyMiles spent for this trip?

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