News and notes from around the interweb:
- Why Your Delta Miles are Worth Less Than You Think: In one of the best posts on any miles and points blog this week, Tiffany walks through how Delta prices awards. She shows much more extensive examples than what I wrote up in April of how Delta practices ‘journey control’ when redeeming miles for their own flights.
You don’t just need saver availability on each individual segment, rather availability will vary depending on the connections you’re making too.
While Delta has done this for years, it’s grown far more extensive. In some sense it makes Delta miles worth less — but I have the same mental model as before: Delta miles are good for partner awards, but assume you have to buy any domestic segment to connect to and from the international flights unless you can book those segments on partner Alaska Airlines.
Lufthansa Miles & More practices journey control too (though when you use United miles you can still build an award segment-by-segment).
- At no extra charge: Ryanair pilot insults passengers, wears tin foil hat inflight. And customers weren’t even charged extra for it.
- When Will Delta Trump With Ms. Pac-Man? Virgin America introducing seatback Pac-Man. This makes me insanely happy, like the day Google Doodles was a Pac-Man game. (For those of you flying other wifi-equipped airlines, you can still play Pac-Man on Google)
- Limited-Time Credit Card Offer: Million MIle Secrets notes that there’s a new link for the Miles & More credit card with signup bonus up to 50,000 miles.
- Worth a read for aviation buffs: Anchorage and aviation: flying through time
- This is a Really Big Deal for the World: State Department suspends overseas passport and visa issuance due to technical problems. They say a hardware failure stopped their system from receiving biometric information originating abroad. The system went down last July, too, apparently for unrelated reasons.