The Miles & Points Blogosphere – best for the week of 12/11/2013


The Miles & Points Blogosphere - best for the week of 12/11/2013

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1. Delta Actually Improves Their Program: Delta has long known for being the airline with the stingiest and most customer unfriendly policies. Their Skymiles (derisively referred to many as Skypesos) are some of the least valuable miles in the industry, even after the horrible gutting of the United frequent flyer program. So it's a nice change of pace to see that Delta has actually offered some improvements for Platinum and Diamond fliers in the coming year. Via upgrd.com.

2. 50,000 Mile Alaska Bonus: It seems like the partnership between Delta and Alaska Airlines has started to fray quite a bit due to the former muscling in to the latter's hub city of Seattle. Alaska has retaliated by offering a targeted offer of 50,000 Alaska miles for their branded Bank of America Visa card. Apparently, this is only supposed to be targeted towards Washington State residents, and it specifically says that you can not have applied for this card in the past 12 months to receive this bonus. However, if you meet these qualifications, I'd strongly suggest signing up for the card. Alaska miles are some of the most valuable in the industry as they partner with many different airlines and can get you on first class flights to Asia, Africa and the Middle East on Cathay Pacific and Emirates. Via One Mile at a Time.

3. Time to Abandon Elite Status? I came up in the travel hacking game during the Great Recession, so I was privy to all sorts of deals that made obtaining elite status quite easy. Now that United and Delta have instituted 'Elite Qualifying Dollars' (minimum spend levels for status) and US Airways and American aren't far behind, the metrics for requalifying year after year is becoming much more hazy. This is a good write-up that provides some sobering information for those on the fence. Via Hack My Trip.