A Hodgepodge of News – The Week In Review 1/06/14-1/12/14

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Delta's last DC-9 flight.
Delta’s last DC-9 flight pulling into the gate.

Here are a collection of news items that caught my eye this week.

  • Delta changed their lounge membership options in response to what they call “overcrowding”.  From now on they will be selling a premium membership for $695 which allows for up to two guests.  For $450 (currently the cost of a membership that allows two guests) they will have an Individual Membership option where guests cost $29 each.  Additionally, those who gain access through their credit card like the American Express Platinum, will no longer be able to bring guests for free. Delta’s website has a full list of the changes.
  • In another unfriendly move, after May 1, 2014 SkyTeam Elite Plus members will not have access to third party lounges when flying Delta.  The Wandering Aramean covered the change in detail.
  • Club Carlson launched their first 2014 promotion.  If you stay 3 nights they will award 38,000 bonus points.  I compared the early 2014 hotel loyalty promotions including the Club Carlson offer this week.
  • American Airlines launched their A321T Transcon flights between Los Angeles and New York.  Amol at Hack my Trip had a great review of the new 1st class product and Gary Leff reviewed the business class product.
  • The InterContinental : Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort in Koh Samui is pricing out at only 25,000 points per night.  This is a great price if you will be in the area and can find dates with availability.
  • American Airlines and US Airways initiated the next step in merging their two loyalty programs.  You can find out the full details here.
  • We are running a contest for a free GoGo code.  All you have to do is comment on this post by 11:59 PST tonight.  Currently the odds of winning are very good.
  • While American was launching a new jet, Delta was saying goodbye to an old one.  A few days ago Delta retired their six remaining McDonnell Douglas DC-9 aircraft.  CNN has a great article about the jet’s long and storied history.
  • Uber is offering $20 for new member sign ups.  In the past the bonus has been $10, so this is a good offer.  If you use my referral link to sign up then I get $10 or $20 credit depending on when you take your first ride.  Either way you get $20! (This is the best offer that I am aware of.) You can also buy $25 worth of Uber credit for $5 on Groupon.  If you do that you would end up with $45 in credit for $5.  Not bad!

Did I miss something?  Is there something that you found interesting that isn’t listed above?  Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to enter the contest for a free GoGo internet code!


Shawn Coomerhttps://milestomemories.com/
Shawn Coomer earns and burns millions of miles/points per year circling the globe with his family. An expert at accumulating travel rewards, he founded Miles to Memories to help others achieve their travel goals for pennies on the dollar. Shawn also runs a million dollar reselling business, knows Vegas better than most and loves to spend his time at the 12 Disney parks across the world.

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