Showing posts from May, 2018

Opinion: WestJet's New Boeing 787-9 Is A Huge Change For The Company

Years ago when Delta partnered with WestJet, I was very skeptical. As a low cost carrier in Canada, it seemed curious to me why a full service carrier from the United States was joining forces. Years later, we have seen huge changes in their partnership. Now, upgrades across the airlines work, among others. WestJet placed orders 20 Boeing 787-9 aircraft (10 firm with 10 options), which seemed like an interesting choice for this mostly domestic carrier.

With the reveal of their plans for their 787-9 aircraft, it is absolutely clear the airline is heading in a new direction. With three distinct cabins and offerings very similar to Delta's A350-900, it seems to me that WestJet is transitioning from a low cost carrier to a full service carrier that could end up joining SkyTeam. In addition, with WestJet's launch of an ultra low cost subsidiary, "Swoop," I think it's safe to say they want to make each of their carriers extremely different. I would be willing to bet tha…

Opinion: A Different Way To Book Delta Awards

In my last post, I wrote about how transferring miles to FlyingBlue can be a great deal to book Delta award tickets. Today, I am going to look at another hidden gem - Virgin Atlantic Flying Club. While you might not think about using them for routes other than to London, they can provide a great value, especially as they are a transfer partner from American Express Membership Rewards.

I selected a random date to fly to London Heathrow from New York-JFK. Here's what I found:

Delta offers award fares in all 3 of their classes, ranging from 30,000 miles to 175,000 miles with just $5.60 in taxes and fees.

The first difference you will likely notice is that the same Main Cabin ticket can be had for just 10,000 miles. Unfortunately, you're hit with the huge taxes that the UK charges for their own carriers. Personally, I'd rather save my miles for more important (read: expensive) premium flights, and would rather use 10,000 miles with some extra money than 30,000 miles.

Again, it rea…

Great Offer: Transfer Points to Air France/KLM Flying Blue with a 25% Bonus

Air France/KLM has a standardized reward program called Flying Blue. I find that many awards that could have been booked through Delta are even cheaper through Flying Blue. For those that have a non-Delta branded American Express, right now you can transfer miles to Flying Blue with a 25% bonus. That means that 1,000 American Express Membership Reward Points will turn into 1,250 Fly Blue Miles. This is a great way to get more Flying Blue Points for that award you've been thinking about.

While Flying Blue recently went from having a standard Award Chart to a pricing calculator, their award flights are still a pretty decent value and can be booked for some non-SkyTeam airlines they partner with. If I were you, I'd find the award that you first before transferring any miles. The miles transfer is instantaneous so transfer whenever you're ready.

This promotion lasts until June 15, 2018, so you have some time to plan your trip.