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Here are a few quick updates from the miles and points world…
- Delta makes an actual (overall) improvement to their frequent flyer program by replacing Systemwide Upgrades that you had to pay very expensive economy prices to use with Global Upgrades and Regional Upgrades as a Choice Benefits selection. Platinum Medallion members may choose four Regional Upgrades and Diamond Medallion members may choose either four Global Upgrades or eight Regional Upgrades (in addition to being able to select four regional upgrades when they hit Platinum status). These will be valid on all paid economy class fares except very discounted E class. Boy I sure do wish United would get rid of their high fare class restriction on their version of global upgrades! There are some more changes that were also announced, so if you are a Delta elite flyer I would head to Delta Points for the full scoop.
- Alaska Airlines also improved their elite program today by expanding the number of partner airlines that earn elite qualifying miles with Mileage Plan effective January 15, 2014. In addition to the current elite qualifying partners of Delta, American, AeroMexico, Air France, KLM, LAN, and Emirates, Alaska will be adding British Airways, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, and Fiji Airways.
- United stopped selling US Airways code-share flights yesterday when the merger between US Airways and American occurred. This doesn’t mean you can’t use United miles to book US Airways flights (yet), but it does impact those travelers who liked to purchase US operated flights via the United website. It hits those who live/travel to a city that was only served by US but not United the hardest.
- Receive a one-time $25 statement credit when you spend a total of $100 or more at J.Crew on your synced Amex by 1/31/14 after tweeting #AmexJCrew to add the offer to your card. You can read this post about the syncing process if you are new to the concept.