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July 2013 Trip to New York: Flight DL 106 JFK to FRA

After a last great night’s sleep at the DoubleTree hotel it was time to say goodbye. After a final breakfast we fetched our bags in our room, went down to second floor, checked out, and then were on our way. Taking two subway trains we reached the station before Jamaice Center where we could take the AirTrain towards JFK Airport. We entered the newly remodeled terminal T4 and after looking around we found the Sky Priority check-in area. After an easy check-in procedure we almost raced through security and then headed first towards the Oasis lounge where we had access with our Priority Pass cards. Weiterlesen

July 2013 Trip to New York: Flight DL 107 FRA to JFK

  • Introduction
  • Flight DL 107 FRA to JFK
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Financial District
  • New York City Day 1
  • New York City Day 2
  • New York City Day 3
  • New York City Day 4
  • Flight DL 106 JFK to FRA

We arrived shortly before 9am at the airport in Frankfurt. While we noticed that there was more traffic inside the terminal than two hours before that when we usually arrive for flights to Atlanta, there was almost no line at the Sky Priority check-in counters. Weiterlesen

July 2013 Trip to New York: Introduction

  • Introduction
  • Flight DL 107 FRA to JFK
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Financial District
  • New York City Day 1
  • New York City Day 2
  • New York City Day 3
  • New York City Day 4
  • Flight DL 106 JFK to FRA

Last December I looked for some low level award flights in BusinessElite with the itinerary starting in Frankfurt. I narrowed down my search to a roundtrip between FRA and JFK and for dates in the summer. As already written in my travel plans for this year I then found low level flights on the following dates

Day Date Org Dest Flight No Dep Time Arr Time Plane Type
Sun 06/30 FRA JFK DL 107 1345 1625 B767-300ER
Fri 07/05 JFK FRA DL 106 2009 1020 B767-300ER

After my post last December it just happened so that a few schedule changes occurred. As mentioned, this roundtrip was priced at the low level, so I spent 200k miles for the two of us. That was awesome, however, the cash part (taxes and fees) was not quite nice, it were a little more than 480 EUR per person that needed to be paid out of pocket. Well, that’s the way it is. At least the number of miles was reasonable.

I then looked at Hilton and Starwood hotels to find some accomodation for that period. A main factor in deciding was the room rate, so I ended up in booking the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in the Financial District.

Delta SkyMiles no longer Redemption Partner of Red Roof Inn

Yesterday I received an e-mail from Red Roof Inn informing me that there has been a change in their RediCard program. As of today, February 1, 2013, they no longer offer Delta SkyMiles as a reward option. All member accounts are converted to Free Night Certificates as of today.

Previously, it was possible to receive 1,000 SkyMiles once 6,000 RediCard points were reached. This is no longer possible. Now members will be issued a Free Night Certificate upon reaching the threshold of 6,000 points.

This is the disappearance of another way of earning SkyMiles after e-miles and Opinion Points of the e-rewards program cannot be transferred to SkyMiles anymore.

Well, then I can earn free nights at Red Roof Inns instead. That is okay with me, but as I understand it, I need to call a US number if I want to redeem a free night. That’s a bummer. I don’t stay at Red Roof Inns often so maybe this changes until I earn one?

Schedule and equipment changes

Last month I posted about my travel plans for 2013 including already booked flights. Since then there have already been a couple of schedule changes and one equipment change.

My first trip that consists of four flights already has two flights changed. The domestic leg from ATL to LAX both experienced an equipment change and a schedule change. The segment is now flown with a B757-200 instead of a B767-300. The flight departs ATL at 1925 and arrives at LAX at 2129. This results in a layover at ATL of 3:45h instead of 3:25h.

The last segment ATL to FRA has been moved to a little later time. It now is scheduled to leave ATL at 1625 and to arrive at FRA at 0755.

My second trip in July to New York starts later as planned. This flight now leaves FRA at 1345 and arrives at JFK at 1625.

Travel Plans 2013

I have already booked two trips to the US for next year.

A while ago I booked a flight to California in the second half of March, taking advantage of the Easter weekend to save two vacation days. The flight dates are as follows:

  • Sat, 03/16: FRA -> ATL DL 15 on a B767-400ER departing at 1015 and arriving at 1540 [Economy Comfort]
  • Sat, 03/16: ATL -> LAX DL 2255 on a B767-300 departing at 1905 and arriving at 2052 [Economy Comfort]
  • Fri, 03/29: LAX -> ATL DL 1754 on a B767-300 departing at 1200 and arriving at 1935 [Economy Comfort]
  • Sat, 03/30: ATL -> FRA DL 14 on a B767-400ER departing at 1615 and arriving at 0720 [Economy Comfort]

While we had a stopover in CVG on the return of our last trip this time we will stay one night in Atlanta. So we will be able to dine at our favorite restaurant there, a Ruby Tuesday on Sullivan Road in College Park. This restaurant is just across the street from two nice airport hotels, a Sheraton and a Hampton Inn.

The other trip is our very first award flight! Woohoo!

In early summer we will fly BusinessElite to New York:

  • Sun, 06/30:  FRA -> JFK DL 107 on a B767-300ER departing at 1205 and arriving at 1455
  • Fri, 07/05: JFK-> FRA DL 106 on a B767-300ER departing at 2000 and arriving at 1020

After finding low level availability only on the return flight for a couple days (and medium level for the outbound flight) yesterday I found low level availability for both flights and booked right away. Well, that is, right away after conferring with my girlfriend who will travel with me.

So, our flight to JFK in a premium cabin costs us 100,000 miles per person plus an insane amount of taxes and fees. Since our trip does not start in the US but in the EU we have to pay around $630 per person.

Not yet booked is a third trip to the States which will be in Q3 or Q4 of next year.

Non-US Amex no longer earning SkyMiles on dining

Yesterday I received an e-mail from SkyMiles Dining Member Services informing me that American Express credit cards issued outside of the United States no longer allow to earn miles at SkyMiles Dining restaurants.

This changed with November 10, 2012. Funny is that the e-mail states that I will still earn miles for qualified dining activity on my American Express cards prior to November 10. Well, I received this e-mail on November 14 … so a little late.

For me this means that I have to be careful when dining during trips to the US to not pay with an American Express at restaurants participating in the SkyMiles Dining program. Until now it did not matter since I had registered all my credit cards (two American Express and one Visa).

As I understand it, American Express cards issued in the US are still valid.