Amex/Delta Transfer Update
First off, I’m OK with the American Express Membership Rewards points/Delta transfer again. I had some concerns yesterday re: the 30% posting and those that have never had an Amex card before not being able to immediately borrower the 50,000 points necessary for the bonus miles, status etc. Recent posts on FT seem to indicate all is OK with the double dip. It seems the 30% bonus comes later in some cases and people are able to receive the borrowed points right away.
I’d rather be safe and cautious with these deals than go in gung ho without other peoples successes posted. The worst case scenario I guess would be you only got the 50% bonus so a total of 75K Delta, plus the other goodies, OR the points advance option wasn’t available at which point I would cancel the card immediately and refuse to pay the annual fee. The risk appears so minimal based on all the successes reported, I think it is still a nice deal for many. And as others have mentioned, don’t call the airline or Amex if it takes an extra day or two for your points to post. The 30% promo says 4-6 weeks.
Details of the play are listed in yesterday’s post.
Ben is creating a site to help us find “mileage runs” to earn Elite Status on your favorite airline. Elite status is earned for “Butt in Seat” miles. Elite status is typically for one year, and grants the benefits of preferred boarding, free checked bags, bonus revenue miles, upgrades and more depending on your favorite airline. Ben’s undertaking is huge, but ultimately could save us all tons of time we spend in finding pure mileage runs.
For those of you who may not know it, a mileage run is defined as: Flying flights for the sole purpose of attaining Elite Qualifying miles.
The standard varies per individual, but most of us want to earn EQM’s (Elite Qualifying miles) at under three cents each.
Check out MileageBrain.com and give Ben some feedback. He needs it right now to improve his beta test and to give us a very useful tool. A donate button is also available if you are so inclined.
Allegient Airlines Review
I know it was only one flight but I need to say they did a nice job. Allegient has two flights per week from Savannah to Ft Lauderdale. Thursday and Sunday. The ticket price is $29 +++. I missed the excluding baggage click, as they automatically add a checked bag on the website and that cost me $40 for the two checked bags we didn’t check. If I had seen that I would have been at $110 all in for two one way.
The plane was a MD-88-3 from before the Wright Brothers but was clean and everything worked in my seat. They do charge extra for assigned seats but we boarded without them and got the 3 side in row 7 with no one in the middle seat.
Everything costs including soft drinks. It was $2 for a Diet Coke but at that airfare, I splurged. On time departure and on time arrival. I’ll fly them again when I need to be in South Florida. And the transfer to MIA was $35 each in a shuttle or $75 total in a private car.
Again, I played the big shooter and spent the extra $5.
Miami to Chicago Goes Mechanical
We had a terrific time Thursday night in Miami. I ran into Beaubo and also Corrie and her husband at the Miami Airport Sheraton. Steve is an old friend and some will remember a speaker at the Chicago Seminar DO last year. He was just returning from India and we got to catch up on things in FF land. Corrie was just returning from a cruise and also staying at the hotel. We chatted and talked about a few FF tricks as well.
When I got back to my room I got the call that our Friday 6 AM Miami to Chicago was cancelled. The first option was to fly out a day later with the same itinerary but no first class upgrades. The flight was cancelled for mechanical reasons so I had some leverage in rebooking. I explained after 27 years as an ER nurse, Katy really can only stand sitting in a coach seat for just a couple hours. We had all first class originally with our United Confirmed Regional Upgrades. I worked it so we flew to Denver on Friday afternoon with upgradeable space on the flight and left Denver at noon at Saturday on the nonstop confirmed in First Class directly to Lihue. We missed her seeing the Arizona Memorial at Pearl but we come to Hawaii so often we’ll make that happen at a later date. The agent did a nice job with all my requests to find Katy a seat up front. So we lost our room in Honolulu but it was $50 off because of the Expedia Best Price Guarantee. We won’t use our outbound on Go Airlines from HNL to LIH, but I called and they agreed to allow us to fly the return without flying the outbound to Lihue as we were now flying direct to the Garden Island.
All works out with patience and status and knowing the rules. You have leverage if you are interrupted because of mechanical issues. My added costs are the room I must now get in Denver. She is worth it to fly her First Class.
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