Friday blog roundup

It’s Friday, Friday, Gotta get down on Friday! Let’s see what’s up in the frequent flyer blogosphere…. Rapid Travel Chai writes about some expansions to the TSA PreCheck program, including new participation by Virgin America and the Philadelphia airport. Also, it appears that PreCheck is now working on some international itineraries. Cool. Lucky writes about…

I’m switching to American Airlines… for now.

If you’re a business traveler, the availability of direct flights from your home airport largely determines your airline preference. Being based in Minneapolis, I’m a natural Delta flyer. Like many, I’ve been frustrated with the progressive devaluation of the program, the difficulty in booking awards, and (to a lesser extent) the new revenue tiers. I had a…

No Need to Fear Delta Basic Economy

A few months back, I posted about Delta trialing a concept called Basic Economy, a basic economy fare that doesn’t allow you to select your seat or earn frequent flyer miles. One of my readers emailed me asking if he should be concerned about this. It appears that Delta has largely dropped the Basic Economy…

Fare Deal: $300 round trips to Hawaii from PHX on Delta and American

If you’re looking to get away from the winter weather, the folks at FlyerTalk found some attractive fares to Hawaii for February and March. Just searching now, I found plenty of availability in February and March for weekends. Details are on the FlyerTalk thread: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/mileage-run-deals/1421400-aa-dl-phx-hnl-298-ai-rt.html Edit: Now apparently available from the San Francsico area as…

Rumored Delta Skymiles changes – What it means

The internet has been rife with speculation regarding an alleged leaked memo from Delta about changes…BIG changes…that are coming to SkyMiles in the next few months. If you want to read all the speculation, feel free to peruse the 117 (and counting) pages of posts on the FlyerTalk thread or the airliners.net thread. According to the…

Beware Delta’s New “Basic Economy” Fare Class

A few days ago, according to a Delta press release, FlyerTalk, and some other blogs, Delta introduced a product it is marketing as “Basic Economy”. This is a very restrictive coach fare that Delta is marketing between Detroit and Orlando, Tampa, Ft. Meyers, and Ft. Lauderdale. This fare is completely non-refundable, is non-changeable, and does…