The inspiration for the new AA logo!
Photo from the aviation blog at Dallas News
Today's blog action was full of two main stories: the official "we are going Rev based" announcement by Delta and the new livery by American Airlines.
Here is the official announcement from Delta on the new Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQD) requirement. Open up your wallets or get the Amex card & charge at least $25k on it. For true road warrior elites or Amex cardholders, this is not too bad. BUT you are all missing the POINT here! The point is: a big legacy airline has broken the taboo finally and now the flood gates have opened! Expect continued "enhancements", it will be the death by a thousand paper cuts. And the others WILL follow! So, my original prediction that this will happen effective in 2014 was right on...again! I am guessing the "redemption" enhancement will start in 2015. I will aim to clean out my Skymiles in 2014...NOT an easy task! Many elites have been moving out of the US to avoid the $dollar requirement [hint]. Another gotcha moment is that it appears no benefit for flying on partners...which is totally absurd. Then again, this whole airline reminds me of these guys plotting how to suck more money out of their customers.
If you are going to stick around, you better get your FAQs straight on this new MQDs.
Gary Leff did a pretty good analysis again on the Delta changes. He is hoping for a step up in Benefits. I laughed when I read this...you would think this is a perfectly normal reaction. But we are talking about Delta here, it is like Iverson speaking about practice!
If you want to see what a mega rant is, please read Comment # 4 by reader vlpec. WOW, now THAT is a rant, makes mine look like children songs!
BEST OF MILES/POINTS
For some reason today was a day with blogs posts about how to bribe a front desk hotel person at checkin. Milevalue did it with a $20, fancypants Gary Leff did it with a $100 and OTR did it with a $50. I was going to do this a few years ago at Wynn in Vegas but...just could not do it, I felt so awkward! I have a stay in Vegas in May, I may try it again. What if the hotel employee takes my money, gives me a crappy room and then goes to the back and start laughing with his/her co-workers? :-)
Mommy Points made some excellent points about this hobby "In the Miles and Points Game, You Gotta Keep Moving". Not much to add other than the power of networking. I absolutely adore twitter, follow me at FlyerTalkerinA2. And...there will be another deal and certainly there will be another credit card signing bonus!
Gary Leff again gets the final scoop on the American Express Hilton card changes. As I thought, something was brewing. Drugstores at 6 pts per dollar is going away in May, boo!
BEST OF TRAVEL
Gadling has an amazing HD video about Rwanda, wow!
American Airlines has a new look. Gary Leff had a pretty good write up about it. I don't like it. Why? The answer is in the picture at the top;-) I have predicted a merger with US Air will happen and this will all be a waste of money. That will be not be too unusual with airlines!
6 Audacious New Projects in the Maldives. A Louis Vuitton resort???
Landlopers on "Staying at the Most Photographed Hotel in the World". The Quebec City Fairmont Chateau Frontenac. Stayed here a few years ago, it was a lovely time! Free of course, come on!
NOT SO BEST OF
Frugal Travel Guy had another "churning challenge". I would NEVER EVER give this advice! Is an Internet Brands employee just putting something together in 5 minutes? Why would you not suggest the US Air non affiliate credit card to get to Phoenix? Breathe George,breathe!
I believe I am making a difference. I placed Gary Leff here just once I believe yesterday. And today he comes back with three Best Of posts. This is what we all can call #winning. Meaning we ALL win.
ODDZ & ENDZ
40 Life Hacks That Will Change Your Life At Bored Panda, some of these are awesome!
10 Choices You Will Regret in 10 Years This website has great lists!