Business Travel News

Here is the latest travel news for business travelers.

Stay up to date with the latest news, including who is giving discounts or surcharges and best ways to take advantage of frequent flyer miles. These press releases are from Travel industry websites for airlines, hotels and car rental companies.

TSA, REAL ID Act & Your Driver’s Licenses

Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards and prohibits federal agencies, like TSA, from accepting licenses and identification cards for official purposes from states that do not meet these standards.

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TSA Enforcement Dates

Beginning January 22, 2018, driver’s licenses or state IDs issued
by states that are not in compliance with the REAL ID Act and have
not been granted an extension by DHS may not be used to fly
within the U.S.

Beginning October 1, 2020, every traveler will need a REAL
ID-compliant license or state ID or another acceptable form of
identification to fly within the U.S.

When Flying

If your state is compliant:

  • You may continue to use your state-issued driver’s license or ID to fly in the U.S. until October 1, 2020.
  • Beginning October 1, 2020, you may only use a REAL ID compliant driver’s license or ID or another acceptable form of identification for domestic air travel.

If your state is not compliant:

  • Beginning January 22, 2018, you may continue to use your state-issued driver’s license or ID for domestic air travel only if your state has been granted an extension to the compliance deadline by DHS. If your state has not been granted an extension by DHS you may not use your state-issued driver’s license or ID for domestic air travel.
  • Beginning October 1, 2020, you may not use your state-issued driver’s license or ID for domestic air travel. Recommendations
    1. Check your state’s status: You can check if your state is REAL ID compliant at dhs.gov/real-id-enforcement-brief.
      • Beginning January 22, 2018, travelers from non-compliant states will not be able to use their driver’s licenses or state IDs at TSA checkpoints, unless the state received an extension to comply.
    2. Read the frequently asked questions: For clarification on what the REAL ID Act means for you, visit dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs or tsa.gov and search “REAL ID”. If you have questions about what is considered acceptable identification, you may call the TSA Contact
      Center at (866) 289-9673 or email TSA-ContactCenter@tsa.dhs.gov.
    3. Prepare for the checkpoint: If you are concerned that your state-issued driver’s license or photo ID may not be accepted by TSA beginning January 22, 2018, apply for an alternative identification document well ahead of your planned travel dates. Ensure you have an acceptable ID and boarding pass ready before arriving at the airport. Refer to the current list of acceptable IDs below or at
      tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification:
    4. Driver’s licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent) in accordance with REAL ID enforcement schedule described above.
    • U.S. passport
    • U.S. passport card
    • DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
    • U.S. military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DoD civilians)
    • U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential
    • Permanent resident card
    • Border crossing card
    • DHS-designated enhanced driver’s license
    • Airline or airport-issued ID (if issued under a TSA-approved security plan)
    • Federally recognized, tribal-issued photo ID
    • HSPD-12 PIV card
    • Foreign government-issued passport
    • Canadian provincial driver’s license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card
    • Immigration and Naturalization Service Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
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TSA Announces New Electronics Screening Procedures

The Transportation Security Administration announced Wednesday that air travelers not enrolled in TSA PreCheck will be required to remove electronics from their carry-on bags for screening.

By separating personal electronic items such as laptops, tablets, e-readers and handheld game consoles for screening, TSA officers can more closely focus on resolving alarms and stopping terror threats.” said Huban Gowadia, the TSA’s acting administrator.

New TSA Screening Proceedures

U.S. airline passengers will have to take tablet computers and other large electronic devices out of carry-on bags for inspection as the government phases in tighter screening prompted by fears terror groups can hide bombs in them.

Most passengers already had to remove laptops from their bags when going through security, and now will need to remove e-readers, tablet computers, and other devices so they can be X-rayed separately, the Transportation Security Administration announced Wednesday.

When

TSA said the new measures will be imposed in the weeks and months ahead.

“It is critical for TSA to constantly enhance and adjust security screening procedures to stay ahead of evolving threats and keep passengers safe,” TSA Acting Administrator Huban A. Gowadia said in an emailed statement.

“By separating personal electronic items such as laptops, tablets, e-readers and handheld game consoles for screening, TSA officers can more closely focus on resolving alarms and stopping terror threats.”

The move, which comes at the peak summer travel season, is part of a sweeping overhaul of how airport security agencies screen electronics following intelligence that terror groups have refined their ability to sneak bombs in laptops and other devices.

It follows an announcement from the Department of Homeland Security that imposed similar requirements on almost 280 airports in more than 100 countries outside of the U.S.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly had threatened for months to impose a ban on large electronic devices in airline cabins for all flights headed to the U.S. after imposing such restrictions in March on flights leaving from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa.

The agency stopped short of a ban in a June order, requiring additional screening of electronics instead, and allowing passengers at the 10 airports to resume carrying on their devices.

Wednesday’s order won’t apply to passengers enrolled in TSA’s PreCheck program, which gives people expedited screening after they agree to a background check. Travelers in PreCheck lines will still be allowed to keep electronic devices and liquids in their bags. TSA said this month it had added PreCheck lanes to the 200th U.S. airport.

The TSA warned in its statement Wednesday that passengers may experience more bag checks.

“Just watch. You can’t just take more things out of bags and not back up a line,” said Jeffrey Price, a professor an aviation professor specializing in security at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.

New Airport Scanners Could End Bans on Laptops and Liquids

Airport lines surged in 2016, prompting thousands of travelers to miss flights, as TSA staffing levels fell and screeners became overwhelmed by rising numbers of travelers.

“The system is performing at just about max capacity,” Price said. “We start putting more delay in the system and we could see the lines back up quite a bit.”

TSA tested the procedures at 10 U.S. airports this year and has worked on ways to streamline the process with “quicker and more targeted measures to clear the bags,” it said in the release.

A TSA officer will be stationed at screening lines to help passengers with the new requirements and will recommend how to efficiently arrange items in bins for X-ray screening.

Airlines for America, a trade group representing large carriers, said in an emailed statement it “remains committed to working collaboratively with DHS officials to strike the appropriate balance of maintaining the efficiency of the system while ensuring the highest levels of security are in place.” It urged travelers to enroll in the PreCheck program to speed screening.

Airport Delays

American Airlines isn’t concerned that the enhanced screenings will slow movement through airport security lines because the procedures were tested in TSA lanes at its hubs in Los Angeles and Phoenix, said Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for the Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier.

American is working with Analogic Corp. to expand the use of a new X-ray scanner borrowed from the medical industry to create a higher-definition, three-dimensional image that is better able to detect explosives. The new technology eventually may allow laptops and liquids to remain inside carry-on bags, Feinstein said.

Several manufacturers, such as Integrated Defense & Security Solutions Inc., have built similar devices and are undergoing testing by TSA to certify them for use. They use computed tomography or CT scanning technology to produce hundreds of images of a bag. CT scanners have been in use for checked bags since shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

While TSA has said it is optimistic about the technology, Congress hasn’t appropriated any money for the widespread purchase of the new devices.

Price said the announcement is a sign that the government hasn’t kept up with the current threats against aviation and needs to adopt newer technology.

“The whole point of an X-ray machine is so we don’t have to take stuff out of a bag and it can be inspected more quickly,” he said.

Additional Screening Measures

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Additional Screening Measures

Effective July 19, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will require additional screening measures for customers flying on international flights bound for the U.S.

These screening measures pertain to any departure point where a passport is required to reenter the U.S. Customers flying to the U.S. from an international airport are encouraged to arrive at the airport at least three 3 hours prior to departure to allow time to clear security.

Advice to Customers Flying on International Flights Inbound to the U.S.

  1. Customers should follow Delta’s current guidance and plan to arrive at their international departure airport at least three hours prior to the departure time of their flight.
  2. Customers are encouraged to proceed promptly to their departure gate where additional screening may occur to avoid delay or missed flight.
  3. Customers can expect to see expanded uses of canine screening at international airports and deployment of advanced technology screening
    1. Customer Communications

      Impacted travelers will be notified of the new policy via the Fly Delta app, email and/or text messaging in addition to airport signage. If your travelers’ contact information is not included in their PNR, they may not receive timely notifications.

      Feel free to share any of the information in this article with your travelers to provide our mutual customers with the best experience possible under the circumstances. For your convenience, we’ve also drafted the following brief note you may forward directly to your travelers flying with us.

      Due to recently-implemented U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) enhanced security requirements for customers traveling on U.S.-bound international flights, we strongly advise all customers to arrive at the airport at least 3 hours prior to your scheduled departure time and to proceed to your departure gate promptly to allow extra time to clear security.

      We also encourage passengers to check-in online at delta.com or via the Fly Delta app to help expedite the check-in process.

Travel Language for Business

These days it’s easy for even small companies to have a global presence and that means business travelers may find themselves taking a work-related trip to a country where they don’t speak the native Language.

learn a new language for your next business trip

While business is frequently conducted in English, it never hurts to know a few words and phrases – or more – of the local language. It makes getting around and absorbing the culture easier, and it makes a good first impression. Plus, research has shown that the skills involved in learning a second language help keep your brain active and healthy.

Of course everyone learns in a different way, and there are many options.

Language Classes Or Lessons

Some learners benefit more from a structured classroom setting and the give and take between students and teacher. A class also puts you in the same room with other learners, giving you a chance to practice your conversation skills, which can be an invaluable experience. Check out a local college or even your public library may have a class that meets your needs.

For people who can’t commit to a class, software programs offer the advantage of allowing learners to go at their own pace and sit down for a lesson whenever they have the time. They’re portable and versatile, available on a variety of devices, from a desktop or laptop to an iPad or smartphone, whether you’re using iOS or Android.

Audio CDs that are geared toward conversation are another option, letting listeners learn a language while they’re on the go, whether it’s commuting, working out or working around the house. Rosetta Stone and Simon & Schuster’s Pimsleur are among the best-known brands.

Free smartphone apps like Duolingo and Google Translate are another good way to learn the basics of a foreign language. Duolingo’s brief lessons start with vocabulary before moving on to constructing short sentences. Google Translate lets users type in words or phrases in English and find the equivalent in dozens of languages.

Travel Language Phrases You Should Know

Once you’ve decided to study a foreign language, what are the most important words and phrases to learn first?

It may sound obvious, but Do you speak English? is a good place to start. Many people in foreign countries learn English in school, so you’re likely to run into someone with whom you can talk.

Then there are the essentials. Where is the restroom? always comes in handy. Words like help and emergency are good to know. Numbers, especially 1 to 10, are helpful if you’re trying to buy something or giving an address to a taxi driver. Also, learn a few directional terms like right, left and straight ahead.

Of course, it’s highly important to be polite in any language. Learn how to say: My name is and where you’re from. Please, thank-you, excuse me, I’m sorry, pleasure to meet you, good morning, good evening, hello and goodbye – and even how to make a formal toast – will go a long way wherever you are in the world.

Let us know how we can help plan your next business trip.

2017 Business Travel Forecast

The 2017 Business Travel Forecast shows costs associated with business travel will be largely unchanged in 2017 but several factors could translate into fewer employees going on the road, according to our Travel Leaders Business Travel Forecast.

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Airline Forecast

The fallout from Brexit, the decision by United Kingdom voters to leave the European Union, a continued slowing of the world economy, a potential decline in U.S. business confidence, lower energy prices and security incidents around the globe such as those we’ve seen in 2016 could lead business travelers to delay or cancel their plans.

In North America, the supply of airline seats is outstripping demand for the first time since the big three carriers emerged from consolidation. At the same time, competition from low-cost carriers will prevent meaningful price increases.

Airfares dropped 7% in 2016 compared with the previous year, and they’re expected to remain flat in 2017. Next year’s average domestic airline ticket should be unchanged at $410.21.

Car Rental Companies

Rental car companies are facing competition from ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft. A modest decline in days rented is projected for 2017, and the average daily rate should remain flat at $38.41.

There’s also less demand for used cars, meaning lower margins from reselling rental fleets. Rental car companies are expected to increase fuel surcharges and one way fees, and new fees.

International Travel

When it comes to international travel, the outlook for the 2017 business travel forecast is similar in terms of airfares and hotel and rental car rates.

Low cost carriers are bringing super low fares to transatlantic and European markets.

Coupled with tepid economic expansion and the Brexit fallout, airfares in Western Europe are projected to drop by 1 to 3 percent.

In the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, airfares will be flat. While one-time events like the Summer Olympic Games in Brazil helped boost demand, Latin America could see anywhere from a flat rate to a 2 percent decrease. The average international airfare is estimated at $1,559.75 next year.

Hotel Rates

For the past half-dozen years, hotels have been reaping the benefits of a low supply and high demand. While room capacity has increased, it will take time for the market to adjust.

Rates are projected to rise in Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Orlando and Seattle, but decline in Charlotte, Houston, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. The average domestic daily hotel rate should increase about 1 to 2% in 2017, to $154.69.

For hotel rates, the forecast predicts no more than a 1 to 2% increase in Western Europe, flat rates in Asia Pacific and a decrease of 1 to 2% in Latin America, with 4 to 6% reductions in Brazil. The international average daily hotel rate for 2017 is projected at $193.73.

Our 2017 Business Travel forecast expects Slow economic growth, a rise in ride sharing and convenient high speed rail will affect rental car rates in Western Europe next year. (In Latin America, demand for rental cars has historically been low.) The international daily rate is projected to be flat in 2017, at $40.61.

For help planning next year’s business travel program please contact us.

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The New Airbus A350 for Flights to Asia

Business travelers facing the prospect of long flights to Asia will soon have a new option that’s designed for maximum passenger comfort.

Delta One Suites

The New Airbus A350

The Airbus A350 is a new family of jets that offers a roomier feel than older wide-body aircraft. The first commercial flight took place in January 2015 and Airbus has sold about 800 of the planes to nearly 40 different customers.

Delta Air Lines will be the first U.S. airline to take delivery of the A350. The carrier has ordered 25 A350 aircraft for delivery beginning in the middle of 2017 and will fly them primarily on long-haul routes across the Pacific.

Delta currently flies from Detroit, Los Angeles and Seattle to Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo.

Airline employees got a sneak peek at the A350 when Airbus brought one to Delta´s Atlanta headquarters. They raved about the design that enhances the plane´s sense of space and height, giving the cabin a roomier feel, including recessed LED lighting and a vaulted ceiling.

The Airbus A350 other notable features include

  • increased space at shoulder level
  • more overhead storage, with room for more than one roller bag per passenger
  • a fully flat cabin floor for extra legroom.
  • advanced technology to provide optimal air quality in the cabin, including air exchange every two to three minutes

As all travelers who have made the trip know, flying from the United States to Asia can take a physical toll, these are some long flights. A nonstop from Detroit to Beijing is 14 hours. For business travelers, who may have work to do en route, and may need to be on the go as soon as they land, comfort is key.

The A350 will be part of Delta´s new all-suite business class cabin, dubbed the Delta One suite. And Delta has designed these suites with the needs of business travelers in mind, with the touches that will help them work, relax and rest while they’re en route to their destination.

Added comfort and privacy are important to business travelers, Delta´s senior vice president and chief marketing officer, “and that drove the design of the all-new Delta One suite.

Business Class Suites

Every Delta A350 will be outfitted with 32 business class suites. Each suite will provide direct access to the aisle for easy exit and entry. There will be full-height sliding door and dividers between center suites to ensure maximum privacy.

The suites are also equipped with a full flat bed seat with a memory-foam enhanced comfort cushion, personal storage space with dedicated compartments for shoes, laptops and headphones and an 18 inch, high resolution in flight entertainment monitor. A universal power outlet and high powered USB port will be at every seat, and passengers will have in suite customizable ambient lighting.

The Delta One experience also includes chef crafted meals, wine pairings, noise-canceling headsets and such amenities as cotton lounge wear and premium skin care products.

Contact us for more information

Delta’s New Menu From Seattle’s Famous Seafood Restaurants

Delta is offering customers seated in First Class fresh, seasonal meals crafted with ingredients from local Seattle restaurants.

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Seattle’s Famous Seafood Restaurants

The salmon and other fresh seafood of Pike Place Fish Market are world famous for taking flight. Now, they’re taking to the skies above Seattle along with several of the city’s most celebrated local purveyors of fresh, sustainable food on select Delta Air Lines flights from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

New Items On The Menu

  • Pike Place Chowder
  • Pike Place Fish Market
  • The Pike Brewing Company’s Stout Mustard
  • Uli’s Famous Sausage
  • Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
  • Le Panier Bakery
  • Pappardelle’s Pasta

The menus will launch this week on flights from Seattle to Los Angeles and San Francisco and will expand to other mainline lunch and dinner flights between 900 and 1,500 miles.

Fresh, local and sustainable are core tenets of Pacific Northwest cuisine and Delta’s on-board food and beverage program, and that’s precisely the philosophy we follow with our new menus, said Mike Medeiros, Delta’s Vice President – Seattle. Our region’s most recognized purveyors shine in these thoughtfully crafted menus, giving Delta customers from around the world a taste of Seattle, whether they’re destined for SeaTac or just passing through.

Menus include

  • Pappardelle’s lavender fettuccine with Pike Place Fish Market’s wild Alaskan coho salmon and Northwest Seafood Seasoning
  • Uli’s Famous German bratwurst and smoked bacon sausage with German potato salad and sauerkraut with sautéed apples
  • Garden vegetable salad with Pike Place Fish Market candied salmon and Beecher’s Flagship cheese with lemon vinaigrette

All menu pairings feature Pike Place Chowder’s award-winning clam chowder, Le Panier Brioche and a Le Panier chocolate macaron with chocolate ganache.

Delta partners with some of Seattle’s most recognized brands. The airline serves Starbucks Pike Place Roast and Starbucks VIA Ready Brew Italian Roast decaf on all flights.

Fremont Brewing’s Universale Pale Ale is available on Delta Shuttle flights from Seattle to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Delta is the largest global carrier at Sea Tac and has more than tripled flights and destinations at its Seattle hub since 2012. Delta offers more than 150 peak-day departures to more than 40 destinations from Seattle, and every Delta flight from Seattle features jet service with Delta One/First Class and Delta Comfort+ seating.

In addition to this new partnership, Delta has in the past year enhanced its chef curated menus featuring the talents of Chefs Linton Hopkins and Michelle Bernstein on a wide selection of transoceanic routes. The menus highlight the airline’s industry-leading focus on seasonal and regionally inspired cuisine.

Along with the latest creations from the airline’s partner and in-house chefs, customers will also be able to enjoy seasonally rotating wines from Delta’s 2016 wine program, curated by Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson. Delta began syncing up its on-board wine selections with the seasonal rotation of its menus earlier this year.

Business Travel First Quarter Grows

In an encouraging sign for the economy, domestic business travel grew in April for the first time in more than a year, according to a leading industry organization.

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Delta’s new terminal at JFK airport.

The U.S. Travel Association is a nonprofit organization that represents the travel industry, which generates $2.1 trillion in USA economic output and supports 15 million jobs.

Every month the association publishes a Travel Trends Index, which measures the pace and direction of travel to and within the USA, both for leisure and corporate. A number greater than 50 indicates an expansion of travel volume, while a number below indicates a decline.

In April, U.S. domestic business travel measured 51.7, a noticeable rise and the first positive year over year gain since March 2015. Overall, the April Current Travel Index rose to 52.2, the 76th straight month of growth for the travel industry, which continues a 6 year expansion.

“The big takeaway here is that April was the beginning of what we anticipate will be the inversion of many previously long travel trends, amid continued overall growth,” according to David Huether, the association’s senior vice president for research. Part of the increase is attributable to the Easter holiday falling in March, which pushed some business travel into the next month. Still, Huether notes that the growth in domestic business travel for the first time in 13 months is a major reversal.

What the U.S. Travel Association Says

While April’s figures were encouraging, the association has a mixed outlook on corporate travel over the long term. Business travelers may take more trips overall, but their spending may not be as robust.

Over the next six months, according to the association, “While looking forward, corporate travel searches and bookings are growing, economic prospects for domestic corporate travel remain muted through October 2016.” Still, the outlook for the total travel market – business and leisure travel combined remains positive, with overall USA travel expected to grow by about 2% through October.

What does this research mean for business travelers?
While there’s been some growth in the number of trips, travelers and travel managers alike will continue to keep a careful eye on the bottom line. That’s where an experienced corporate travel agent can be of invaluable assistance.

New Benefits for Medallion Members

Delta and CLEAR Improve SkyMiles Members Experience

Delta and CLEAR are partnering to expedited security experience to more major airports across the country and ultimately reducing the time spent by customers in security lines.

Coming this summer, Delta will provide CLEAR’s biometric service to U.S. Diamond Medallion members free of charge and all U.S. Delta SkyMiles members will have access to preferential pricing.

CLEAR is the leading U.S. biometric identity platform that utilizes fingerprint and iris identification technology at airports and sports stadiums across the U.S.

This year, Delta and CLEAR plan to expand airport security line access points to Delta’s U.S. hub airports allowing registered customers to expedite the document check process at security screening checkpoints.

Book Award Travel

SkyMiles members can now book Award Travel on more partner airlines than ever, 24 total, conveniently from delta.com. To see the most options and best deals on both Delta Air Lines and our partners, view our Award Calendar by selecting flexible days when searching for a flight.

Earning miles for your car rental is easier than ever before. You can now book your next rental with more search results on delta.com, which features rich mileage offers from our SkyMiles partners Hertz, Enterprise, Alamo and National, as well as multiple rental options from Dollar and Thrifty.

SkyMiles Member Benefits

Hertz Car Rental

  • General members earn 500 miles per rental
  • Gold and Silver Medallion® members earn 1,000 miles per rental
  • Diamond and Platinum Medallion members earn 1,250 miles per rental
  • For a limited-time, Medallion members earn 300 bonus miles per day and general members earn 200 bonus miles per day
  • Enjoy savings of up to 40% on every rental
  • Qualifying Medallion members will enjoy status in Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program when they follow these simple steps
    • Diamond and Platinum Medallion members will receive President’s Circle status
    • Gold Medallion members will receive Five Star status

Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental

  • Earn 500 miles per rental
  • For a limited-time, earn an additional 200 bonus miles per rental day
  • Enjoy additional savings off everyday low rates
  • SkyMiles is proud to be the exclusive mileage earning partner for Enterprise.

Your Cards In the Cloud

Get the latest Fly Delta app today and experience new features, including access to your digital SkyMiles and Delta Sky Club® membership cards — anytime, anyplace.

To find and use your digital cards, check out “My Wallet” in the My Delta section of the Fly Delta app for iPhone and Android. Plus, if you’re using an iPhone, you can send your SkyMiles or Delta Sky Club card to Passbook for even easier access.

Crossover Rewards

With the Delta SkyMiles and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) programs allow you to earn even greater rewards when you travel.

Medallion members can earn miles for eligible stays at Starwood hotels and resorts and SPG elite members can earn Starpoints for eligible flights with Delta. All in addition to the benefits available in both programs.

Benefits When You Stay

  • Medallion members can earn one bonus mile per every dollar spent on eligible room rates at over 1,100 Starwood hotels and resorts in the SPG program.
  • Diamond and Platinum Medallion members can enjoy SPG benefits like access to the elite check-in line, 4pm late checkout, complimentary in-room Internet access, and more.

Benefits When You Fly

  • SPG Platinum and Gold elite members can earn one Starpoint for every dollar spent on eligible Delta flights.
  • SPG Platinum members can receive their first checked bag free, Priority Check-In, Priority Boarding and Unlimited Complimentary Upgrades.