Newbie in Michigan

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  1. spivey

    spivey Silver Member

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    Hey folks. I just found out about this site from a foxnews article. Boy have I been missing out!

    I hope you can take a newbie under your wing, to help me obtain Platinum status on Delta in 2012.

    I would be flying out of DTW (Detroit) and need some help researching flights / mileage / promo opportunities. I will reach Gold status in a few weeks for the rest of 2011 and 2012.

    Thanks to everyone for your help and for pointing me in the right direction!

    Matt
     
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  2. DestinationDavid
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    Welcome spivey. :)

    We keep out cheap flights listed here: LINK and our Delta experts hang out here: LINK.

    The lingo and acronyms take some getting used to, but we're a friendly bunch here and people will be more than happy to show you the ropes.

    Good luck, and if you ever want to drop DL and hop on AA, let me know. :D
     
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    Stop trying to convert the newbies over to the dAArkside. He is pretty much stuck with DL for convenient flights, and only those of us who have been fed up with Delta go to the hassle of flying somebody else (though we do get extra miles)
     
  4. DestinationDavid
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    Just being the friendly MilePoint Guide, it's my duty. If I wasn't a MilePoint guide I suppose I would be encouraging everyone to load up on DL and UA. Keep AA's elite loads light so my upgrades clear and my priority AAccess isn't clogged. ;)
     
  5. spivey

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    Thanks guys! Yes, as mowogo said, Delta is pretty much my only convenient option for Detroit.

    What are some newbie tricks that I need when starting / planning mileage runs in 2012?
     
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    spivey,

    Welcome to MP!

    :)robin
     
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  7. rwoman
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    Matt,
    Several things to consider with DL...
    - Credit card - there are various AMEX (Membership Rewards Card or the DL branded ones) that can help you attain more MQM's
    - Roll over miles - whatever you go past 50k (for Gold) will roll over to aid towards next year's qualification.
    - Of course, flying! :) Flying cheap economy or paid first/biz fares will affect your MQM earnings.

    We're here to help - watch the Mileage Run thread - deals do pop up - taking advantage of them depends largely on flexibility and how far you're willing to fly. Also, visit the Delta forum - lots of threads there about many "things DL."

    Again, welcome!!

    :)robin
     
  8. zpaul

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    Welcome, spivey!
     
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    Welcome to MP spivey!
     
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    Another welcome to MP spivey!
     
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    Decent MR oppty from DTW to LGB..... wish it worked out of MSP.
     
  12. spivey

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    Thanks!
     
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    Welcome to MP spivey!

    Now that's the dAArkside!
     
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  14. Hey Spivey! I'm in DTW area now too visiting. Delta really is the "only" airline it feels like in Detroit.

    I'm new, in Chicago, but I have been a "pro flyer" for a long time. I am not just in it for miles, but vouchers too. Once gave up my seat for the same flight to DTW 3 times! That's $900 in vouchers. Sadly, that was on Northwest. I was one of the few people who loved Northwest out of Detroit due to how easy it was for miles and vouchers.

    I am flying to BOS for Christmas and already I'm stoked to find a flight of BOS to JFK to BWI to DTW. I'll be status finally with AA but last year just missed it for DL. Should have flown to MIA just to make status. Now it's gone!

    Thanks so much for this forum! Any other tips are greatly appreciated.
     
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    You still have time. :D
     
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    Welcome to MP, baconroadtrip!

    FYI, you will find many here who also mourn the passing of the Redtail.

    Going forward, as previously noted, there's still a lot o'flying time left in 2011 to earn those MQMs!
     
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    Indeed welcome baconroadtrip!

    Everything goes better with bacon :D

    [From my milePoint enabled iPhone]
     
  18. spivey

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    Thanks for the welcome.. I was 1,000 miles short and needed a quick trip to make gold status. I flew to BMI for $139 from DTW. Olando (MCO) wasn't too bad either for 1900 miles from DTW (under $230) and Long Beach (LGB) has some pretty good fares too for under $250.

    Hope this helps.

    Matt
     
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    Welcome to MP too baconroadtrip
     
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    Welcome to MP!!

    I am over in GRR so I transit through DTW quite frequently. You probably already know this, but in case you don't, sometimes it is cheaper to get flights out of Flint or Lansing. You will connect to the same "direct" flight in DTW, but you would get an additional segment and 500 miles. Plus FNT and LAN security is much better than DTW. Are you a segment or a mileage earner for status?
     
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    I made Gold this year by way of mileage, however in 2012, segments may be easier for me. I live in AA so flint or Lansing isn't too bad of a drive. Thanks for the tips!
     
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    Welcome to MP Spivey, you will find the a wealth of knowledge here. And a great group of mentors!
     
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