McCown and I are working on researching a trip to Myanmar for sometime in 2015 and have been scouring the internet trying to learn all that we can about how to get there, what to see, where to stay, etc… We’ll have a few points related to our Myanmar trip planning over the next few weeks, but, first of all: What’s the best way to get to Myanmar using miles or points from North America?
There are essentially [...]
Our first flight of the trip was Delta flight # 1543 from Charleston-CHS to Atlanta-ATL; Delta Gold Medallion status doesn’t often get me too much, but in this case it did get me an upgrade on the short, 41 minute flight. The only issue is that McCown, for some reason, wasn’t grouped with me for the upgrade pool so I ran over to the gate counter and tried my best to get an additional upgrade. We almost had one of these situations on our hands: Damnit Delta, why are you trying screw me?!
The gate agent was nice enough to add McCown to the list…here’s a note we had jotted down [...]
My sister, Elizabeth, is studying abroad in Argentina this semester and we just finished up booking a trip to visit her soon. I needed to book 2 tickets, one for me and one for McCown, and wanted to use either Delta SkyMiles or United MileagePlus miles. I really preferred to burn my Delta SkyMiles first, given their impending devaluation/restructuring in 2015:
I quickly ruled out United– they’re down to only 1 daily flight from the U.S. to Buenos Aires-EZE out of Houston-IAH and the award availability is pathetic, even in economy. The only other choice is to connect in Panama City-PTY [...]
Delta announced some pretty bad news last week–they’ve upped their Business Elite/First Class awards to Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and the Middle East by as much as 25%. The new prices go into effect June 1, 2014. Here are the changes:OldNewIncrease% Inc US/Canada45,00045,00000.0% To Hawaii75,00075,00000.0% To Caribbean60,00060,00000.0% To Mexico60,00060,00000.0% To Central America60,00060,00000.0% To Northern South America90,00090,00000.0% To Southern South America100,000125,00025,00025% To Europe100,000125,00025,00025% To Africa¹120,000140,00020,00016.7% To Middle East120,000140,00020,00016.7% To South Asian [...]
I’ve prepared a handy map to see where in the world “X” number of Delta Skymiles will take you. This should help a lot in visualizing where in the world you can travel to with those miles you’ve been saving up over the years. You’ll find a few sweet spots that might help you save a few thousand Skymiles here or there, too, such as:North America to Guyana is 35k miles, however, to travel to neighboring Suriname or Brazil will cost you 45k or 60k — so maybe explore the possibility of booking award travel to Guyana and then purchasing a cheap ticket to your final destination North America to Istanbul can be had for 60k Skymiles and might be a [...]
As of March 1, 2013, Delta and Starwood started a promotion, or rather a partnership, where you can link your SkyMiles account to your Starwood account and earn even more points.
Delta has already start posting some of the bonus to my SkyMiles account for staying at Starwood properties. Interestingly, they even included a stay on Feb 27, two days before the program officially began!
And, the points match the # of base Starpoints I received (the $ amount of the stay). So, it seems as if the system is up and running (although it’s still a little spotty) and it seems they’ll be posting in batches every few weeks.