Category Archives for Delta.

Points And Miles Devaluations Accelerated in 2017, A Trend Unlikely To Change

The pace at which airline miles are losing their redemption value accelerated in 2017 by most frequent flier accounts. While overall valuations have yet to catch up, two sneaky and previously undisclosed valuations at Delta Air Lines should be cautiously considered a bellweather for a much more austere future in points and miles redemptions. Delta’s…

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U.S. Airlines Left The 747 Behind in 2017; What They Replace It With Matters

United Airlines' Boeing 747. Source: United Airlines

There’s been a lot written in 2017 on the maligned and anticipated retirement of the Boeing 747 from U.S. airlines this year. A big driver of coverage (including this author’s) has been the nostalgia around the plane, which has afforded fliers an incomparable experience of grandeur and comfort since its introduction nearly 40 years ago.…

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2017 Was A Great Year For (Cash Paying) Business Class Fliers

Perhaps 2017 was the year that business class began to eclipse previous conceptions of premium service, surpassing first class service U.S. fliers anticipated less than a decade ago. Three dramatic developments did not fail to impress even the most cantankerous fliers. United’s much anticipated (and on most routes still anticipated) rollout of the new Polaris…

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Delta Opens 3rd LaGuardia Sky Club, Taking Over Former AA Admirals Club

Here’s some Delta news that’s not related to today’s ATL blackout or the cancelation of the final 747 flight…there’s a “new” Delta Sky Club at LaGuardia, but don’t get too excited! The former American Airlines Admirals Club in Terminal C was re-opened as a Delta Sky Club late last week after Delta’s consolidation of operations…

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Delta Raised $450M Last Week – Stake in WestJet & Purchase of Boeing/Airbus Single Aisle Jets?

Last week, Delta raised $450M on the debt market, sparking rumors about what the airline plans to do with the cash. The airline’s statement simply read the capital would be used for “general corporate purposes”. There’s of course the purchase of 75-100 single-aisle jets from Boeing or Airbus that CEO Ed Bastian told Business Insider…

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Delta Eliminates Free Checked Bag on Transatlantic Flights in Basic Economy

Delta will no longer offer a free checked bag on flights between US and Europe or North Africa in Basic Economy.

Basic Economy seems to be undergoing an inevitable expansion. United and American are rapidly expanding the markets in which they offer Basic Economy, and Delta has began expanding the product to international flight since late 2015. Earlier this year, we did a product comparison between Basic Economy on the three legacy US airlines.  Delta came…

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BREAKING: Delta Adds Fuel Surcharges on Europe Awards Originating in the US

UPDATE: A Skymiles representative has reached out via Flyertalk and has indicated that the surcharges were an error and all surcharges have been removed as was the case before this morning (H/T: edcho). Historically, US Airlines have never added fuel surcharges on flights on their own metal.  While it is standard practice for European and…

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Passengers Caught Having Oral Sex on Delta Flight, Just Met On-Board, 20 Year Age Gap

Talk about in-flight entertainment! On a Delta flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to Detroit (DTW) on Sunday, a 48-year-old female was caught performing oral sex on a 28-year-old man while both remained in their assigned seats. The incident apparently occurred mid-flight and both passengers had just met on-board the aircraft. The two were in transit…

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Delta Launches Mini-Series – Follow 5 New Flight Attendants During 8 Week Training Program

Delta launched “Earning Our Wings” yesterday, a 10 episode mini-series that airs every Monday and Thursday on YouTube and Delta News Hub. The series follows five new flight attendants as they navigate their way through Delta’s eight-week training program in Atlanta. What does it take to be a Delta Air Lines flight attendant? In the…

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Delta to Offer Free Text, iMessage, WhatsApp, FaceBook Messenger

In case you were traveling like me and missed this news yesterday, Delta will offer free mobile messaging including standard text, iMessage, WhatsApp, and FaceBook Messenger beginning October 1st. Free messaging will be available on all Gogo-enabled Delta flights, including all aircraft with two or more cabins. Passengers will be able to access free messaging through…

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