Photo: Norway in a Nutshell Tour
I booked this ticket 6 months ago when the fare from Traverse City to Salt Lake came out at $187 all in. I had a “$100 lousy service by United” coupon so my cost is $87. My plan was to take advantage of the triple miles promo from my Elite Choice from 2008 and I had hoped it would be a bump run as well. The National Cherry Festival begins this week in Traverse City and that combined with the Fourth of July holiday I was sure would lead to a bump o rama.
It is not looking promising for the bump, but the triple miles will be nice. My routing is TVC-ORD-SFO-SLC-LAX-ORD to TVC. I’ll be credited to with 5,678 Elite Qualifying miles with the 500 minimum for TVC to ORD and the $87 will earn 17,034 revenue miles. That will help one of the kids for some trip somewhere.
Update 9:45 AM Frustrated in Traverse City
I know they mean well but the staff at TVC for United is just not properly trained. I got here early to volunteer and went to the counter to ask about the loads and it took the first kid, getting somebody else to tell him what the load was on the next flight out. (23 of 60).
When I asked the more senior agent to check the Chicago to San Fran flight I was informed it was indeed oversold, and I mentioned that I wanted to volunteer. Several attempts to put me on the list were unsuccessful and another more senior agent was brought in. He tried to avoid putting me on the list as he has in the past and it came right down to he had no idea how to add me to the volunteer list for a flight from Chicago to San Francisco. I wish they trained these folks better.
It actually took a call to the help desk to get me on the list. The flight is not way over, so being first on the list is important if I’m to be successful in getting the VDB.
I am now first on the volunteer list, hopefully the guy will remember how to do it and now it’s time to check my flight alternatives. The wonderful thing is, if I do get bumped it really doesn’t matter where they send me. I can cancel my hotel reservation (free) and go wherever they want to send me :), with their voucher in my pocket.
Hilton Honors Offers Delta Elite Medallion Qualifying Miles as well as Northwest Qualifying Miles
Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines have teamed up with Hilton HHonors to offer you an exclusive offer that will put you closer to your next tier upgrade. For a limited time, earn Delta Medallion Qualification Miles or Northwest Elite Qualifying Miles AND double miles when you stay two or more nights at any of more than 3,300 Hilton Family hotels worldwide from July 15, 2009 through October 15, 2009. To start earning miles, you must register for the promotion and have Delta Air Lines or Northwest Airlines selected as your HHonors Double Dip earnings partner.
Double Delta and Northwest Miles for Flying the Rest of 2009 for Card Holders
Strange coincidence?? I had just added an ad for creditcards.com which offers the 3 Delta credit cards along with others of interest to some, when Katy gets this offer in her email. It says the offer is good for those that hold any of the Delta cards. You must register by September 30th, but all flight miles will be doubled from the time you register until December 31, 2009.
Dear Mrs. Frugal Guy
We value you as a SkyMiles member and invite you to earn double flown miles on all of your Delta and Northwest flights through the end of 2009. That’s right, double flown miles on all Delta and Northwest flights flown for the next six months.
To take advantage of this exclusive offer, follow the easy steps below: Register on or before September 30, 2009.
Be the Basic cardholder of a Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express.Purchase and fly any Delta or Northwest flight on or before December 31, 2009.
Don’t have the Card? Register now, then apply today for the Delta SkyMiles Credit Card.
Earning double flown miles on all Delta and Northwest flights can bring you that much closer to Award Travel. In fact, you can get an Award Ticket with as few as 25,000 miles. Delta serves more worldwide destinations than any other airline; so you’ll be able to use those miles to bring you to even more places.
As always, if you use your Delta SkyMiles Credit Card to pay for your flight, you can also earn double miles on your Delta and Northwest purchases.
Rick Ingersoll is one of the world’s experts on frugal travel and flying free and the author of The Frugal Travel Guy Handbook. A retired mortgage banker from Traverse City, Michigan, he has retired to Hilton Head Island,... All Articles
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