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What 2014 Means for the SkyTeam Alliance

January 24, 2014 at 1:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

The opening of a new year brings new opportunity to the world's three largest airline alliances. Some movement, along with a few new entrants in the major alliances will not only strengthen networks, but open up new destinations for using those hard-earned miles. Finally, we'll have a look at what's happening with SkyTeam for 2014.

After a few years of some massive expansion in Asia, the Middle East and South America, the SkyTeam has cooled down a little to take time to ensure that all of its members can get along happily. Last year, we thought perhaps Garuda Indonesia would be a full-fledged member of "Sky" by now. Alas, the Southeast Asian airline needed a bit more time and will finally enter the alliance this year, in 2014.

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Hot Weather Travel: Delta Announces Seasonal Summer Routes for 2014

December 16, 2013 at 11:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Not everyone can handle the stress of last-minute travel, which is why airline are only too happy to get you booking their flights as soon as seats go on sale.

In anticipation of a busy 2014 summer season at their newly expanded New York-JFK Terminal 4 home, Delta has announced details of nonstop seasonal routes:

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One Million Delta SkyMiles are Up for Grabs, if You're Game

June 24, 2013 at 4:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

One million miles. What a magical number, and one which can possibly earn you lifetime status, depending on the airline and a few other details. It's a definite goal for many frequent flyers, and we even recently daydreamed about how we'd spend 1,000,000 Delta SkyMiles.

Thanks to a new contest from Delta, however, all that daydreaming may become reality. The airline has partnered up with Tourism Queensland to give away one grand prize of one million miles, plus 14 second prizes of 250,000 miles each, awarded over the weeks leading up to the grand prize announcement. The idea is that you'll hopefully use some of those miles to fly yourself to Australia and enjoy the delights of Queensland, like the Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Islands and more.

How to enter:

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All Around the Largest, Newest Delta Sky Club (and Sky Deck!)

May 30, 2013 at 3:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Part 1: The gates and restaurants
Part 2: Up in the SkyClub and on the SkyDeck

24,000 square feet. Yes, that number is correct. The newest Delta Sky Club is also the largest of all, taking that title from Atlanta as part of Delta's campaign to become "New York's airline."

In that 24,000 square feet at New York-JFK's Terminal 4 Delta has placed a variety of seating areas, a long bar, a spacious dining room, a hall of private showers, a TV room, a business center, a VIP room, and even an outdoor terrace. Now, we've been in some big SkyClubs before—like the sweet one at Tokyo-Narita—but this one will definitely make frequent Delta flyers very very happy. Our favorite details include power outlets and USB ports simply everywhere, artwork like panels of aircraft fuselage, and the best views of the tarmac one could hope for at JFK.

Plus, those flying in economy, other airlines, or without high enough SkyTeam status will still be able to buy daily passes for $50 a pop; no snobbery up here.

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What a $1.4 Billion Airport Upgrade Looks Like: Inside Delta's New Terminal 4 at JFK

May 28, 2013 at 1:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

10:30am and already Shake Shack has a line.

That's far from surprising for the many locations of the popular burger & fries joint around New York City, but this is Terminal 4 at JFK International Airport, which, up until Friday, May 24, didn't have a Shake Shack. It also didn't have the Funfetti cupcakes of the new Cake Tin bakery, the gift-perfect candles in the Jo Malone shop, the fried yardbird and cornbread of Marcus Samuelsson's Uptown Brasserie or the sweeping views of a busy tarmac from the first outdoor deck at a Delta SkyClub.

Now it's a challenge to imagine JFK without it all.

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What's Up with SkyTeam in 2013

March 22, 2013 at 11:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last week we highlighted what the world of travel can expect from all of the major airline changes occurring around the globe and how that affects the big airline alliances of Oneworld and Star Alliance. Now, it's SkyTeam's turn as we have a look what's in store for the Delta-led airline partnership that has had some big growth in the past few years.

The Indonesian flag carrier, Garuda, is gearing up to be a strong South East Asian presence for the alliance. Although not technically joining until 2014, travelers will see the beginnings of the buddy-up to ease the long-haul travel woes. If this means it's easier to head to the beaches of Bali while accruing frequent flyer miles, then we're all for it.

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KLM is Gonna Get You Laid All the Way to Amsterdam

March 20, 2013 at 9:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve been squished, squeezed, and smooshed into all kinds of economy seats during our long haul travels, so when a new business class product comes along we get pretty darn excited. It’s not just because it makes flying for long periods of time that much better, but it gives us something to dream about when we’re crammed into the coach cabin.

This week it’s KLM revealing some big news, as they’re planning a revamp of their World Business Class seating options. These days it seems like everybody and their moms want lie-flat seats, so KLM has decided to get in on the fun as well.

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How KLM is Turning Used Cooking Oil Into Flights Between Amsterdam and New York

March 11, 2013 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

"It really isn't smelly!"

That's the assertion given by KLM to press and passengers on Friday, as the first-ever series of biofuel-powered intercontinental flights was inaugurated.

All is normal inside the aircraft, and indeed passengers may have no idea they are flying on a history-making jet, unless they see the proud "we fly on biofuels" statement painted on the side. Outside, two fueling trucks pump the plane's tanks full of a mix of regular kerosene and biofuel manufactured from used cooking oil. According to the AP, the process to make this magic fuel goes a little something like this: "the waste oil from frying up crawfish, cracklins and other Cajun specialties is refined at a Louisiana plant, then trucked to JFK." Sounds simple, huh?

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Big Changes for Delta SkyMiles: How the Medallions are Handling It

January 22, 2013 at 2:28 PM | by | Comment (1)

2013, man. This was to be the year we get elite status on Delta and we were just about to sign up for a Delta AMEX credit card when the airline dropped the news which has us thinking twice. Their SkyMiles loyalty program would change, transitioning from the classic distance-based mileage earning to a combination of distance and revenue.

In plainer terms, in order to get any status on Delta, a flyer would have to not only fly a certain amount of miles in a Delta seat, but also spend a certain amount on all those tickets, from $2,500 on up. The idea essentially to ensure the truly "elite" get their perks while those who gain Medallion status using super discounted fares or other incentives will drop down or out of the elite levels.

A nice grid of requirements is below...

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Cheapy Cheap Air France Flights Now Possible with 'MiNi' Fares

Where: France
January 7, 2013 at 4:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

Everyone is always asking, "how can I get cheaper airfare?" Well today's your lucky day as Air France announces a bare-bones ticket that's nothing but cheaper airfare, and they're calling it the "MiNi."

One-way "MiNi" fares would start at €49 (including tax), which is around €20 less than a normal economy ticket, though MiNi means no itinerary changes, no seat selection at booking, and no mileage earning. Still, if you can keep it to carry-on only (checked baggage is €15 per piece in advance, €30 at the airport), it's a heck of a lot cheaper than taking the Eurostar from London to Paris and the TGV on to Nice.

There are 58 starter destinations, all short- and medium-haul, for example from London City to Brest, Nantes, Pau, Avignon, Toulon and Paris-Orly. If you're like, "what the heck in Toulon," then know that it's an airport much nearer to St. Tropez, Cannes and Monte Carlo than Marseille, so that's our first choice right there. Other MiNi fare hubs are Paris-Orly, Marseille, Toulouse and Nice.

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A Sneaky Peek at Delta's Massive New Home at JFK's Terminal 4

October 22, 2012 at 10:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

There are some 60 airlines flying into and out of New York-JFK Airport. Competition is fierce, but New York's always game for a little of that. Passengers are looking for the cheapest tickets (of course), shiniest planes, most routes and newest facilities. Come next spring, Delta will claim at least that last one as it opens a 9-gate extension of Terminal 4, complete with the largest SkyClub lounge in the world.

The entire project cost is in the billions, so it's no fresh paint fixer-upper or anything; every month construction workers build $26 million worth of new stuff into Terminal 4 (that's over $1 million every workday!). Why should you care? Because Delta wants you in it, loving it and flying out of it...and soon. They are on schedule and under budget (whoa) for an opening in May 2013. Arrive early for your late spring Delta flight, because this place will warrant some checking out.

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Pan Am's Iconic JFK Terminal Will Definitely Head to the Big Airport in the Sky

October 18, 2012 at 4:37 PM | by | Comments (2)

The length of Terminal 3 as viewed from its replacement: the extension of Terminal 4

Before moving forward, we look back a moment at the iconic Worldport (Terminal 3), former JFK Airport home of Pan Am and current roof over much of Delta's JFK operation.

Since early 2010 we've known the end was nigh. Delta plans to demolish the building after moving into their massive expansion of the neighboring Terminal 4, which will all go down in May 2013 and which we'll tell you all about tomorrow.

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