• Tampa Announces New International Destination

    While maybe not the most relevant information for many reading this blog, or information that I usually share here, Tampa International (TPA) has just announced a new international route. As of May 2019, you will be able to fly Delta from Tampa (TPA) to Amsterdam-Schipol (AMS) daily. As someone currently traveling in and out of TPA weekly I’m a bit more intrigued than normal, but if anything, whoever runs the TPA Twitter account seemed to be having a lot of fun with it. Without any previous knowledge of the new service they definitely caught my attention this morning. And it looks like the attention of a lot of other Tampa…

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    How to upgrade in economy on US airlines?

    As a frequent business traveler, one of the things that I admire most about the big 3 US airlines is the ability to “upgrade” to either first class or [what I call] “enhanced” economy. Since the names are not synonymous across brands, it’s easier to just make my own up. In this post I’ll focus on the big 3 US airlines and their versions of this product Delta – Delta Comfort+ American – Main Cabin Extra United – Economy Plus Even though I remain a strong Delta truther, I now try to fly direct whenever possible. And with my recent move, came an unfortunate transition away from Delta. I decided to sacrifice the…

  • Delta One vs. Air Canada 787 Business Class

    I recently got back from not only an amazing trip in Europe with my family, but also my first opportunity to try international business class! I’ve spoken a little about the booking process, where I needed to be and when, and what made me decide to fly what I did. But in this post I wanted to briefly put the two products head to head. While these aren’t products that are typically put up head to head, why the hell not. Interested to hear the responses, as I’m hoping that to maybe bring this in as a recurring installment. Let’s first review: Delta One – Airbus A330-200, JFK-ZRH Booked through…

  • My 2 cents on the Delta and Men’s Curling situation

    Even though it seems like this situation has been beaten to death, I wanted to throw out my 2 cents on the Delta situation with US men’s curling. As an avid sports fan and av geek, especially with Delta, I feel it is my duty to weigh in — although, I know better than anyone there isn’t too much weight to my claims. To summarize the events After the US men’s curling team’s gold medal winning match on Saturday, there was a tweet sent out from their account requesting Delta for an upgrade on their flight home. As the old saying goes, “shooters shoot” — and in this business, the…

  • One man’s strategy to getting targeted for promotions

    I think the points and miles gods are finally beginning to hear my prayers. For a while now I have always wondered what the secret ingredient was to getting targeted for an airline or hotel promotion. I’ve traveled a lot, I’m active across different programs, but for some reason I haven’t done enough to be awarded what I consider to be the honor of a targeted promotion. In my adventures across the big, bad internet, I always hear about people getting targeted promotions for top-level elite statuses, or increased points earning opportunities, but I’ve never actually seen it for myself. Things have seemed to turn around, though. (re: my recent…

  • Is Virgin Atlantic Upper Class worth 85,000 SkyMiles

    I recently wrote about planning a trip to Europe, in which I outlined a sort of trick I’ve found in booking award tickets. While I mentioned in that article that I was focused on using my Chase Ultimate Rewards points, I have also considered using Delta miles for one leg as I have quite a bit of SkyMiles built up from business travel. I want to try and fly Business Class (crazy enough, I haven’t yet), but I didn’t really expect there to be any reasonable award redemptions out there. After some further research, I learned that you could redeem as little as 70,000 SkyMiles from the east coast to Europe…

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    I’m considering giving some of my business to United

    Disclaimer: I began this post the night before my fiasco with United and Marriott started. The issue was never resolved, so I ended up flying without my status, but I will be following up on the issue directly with United. For the purposes of this post, I am removing that hiccup from my memory. I want to start off saying that I won’t ever talk ill of Delta. I have not only traveled with Delta the most over the past year, but I have had the least amount of issues with them. On a weekly basis, I firmly believe Delta is the best airline to travel with. From the people…

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    I’m downgrading my Gold Delta Skymiles card

    Credit cards can be an be an incredibly tricky game, but if you stay disciplined and organized it can be exceedingly rewarding. We already know this, though. One strategy of that “game” is ensuring that you strategically sign-up, downgrade and even possibly cancel cards. One of the great things about many cards is the trial year banks give you to carry a card for a year, earn points, make use of the benefits, and not pay any annual fee. For a lot of these cards, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred, you will even receive the huge sign-up bonus before paying any fee. And depending on your credit card strategy, you can receive…