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How I Earned Delta SkyMiles On A United Award Ticket

How to Request Original Routing Credit for Delta SkyMiles

Our flights, which were booked with United award miles, were cancelled, and we were rebooked on a Delta flight.  When we returned home, I applied for and received Delta SkyMiles for these tickets. The Trip We decided to take a somewhat adventurous trip into Mexico’s Copper Canyon region.  There has been a State Department Advisory against travel in this region for some years due to fighting between drug cartel, which have resulted in numerous gruesome murders.  The train ride through the Copper Canyon has been on many travelers’ bucket lists and we not only wanted to ride the train,

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Copper Canyon, Mexico, Our Way–Finale–El Fuerte and Topolobampo

We finished our ride through the Copper Canyon at the colonial town of El Fuerte, then spent a couple of beach days at Topolobampo. We flew home from Los Mochis a couple of days after El Chapo was captured there. It was pitch black when we arrived at the El Fuerte station.  We had noticed on our GPS that the station was far from the town center, so we were happy to see several cabs waiting.  Our plan was to just get to the center of town and look for a hotel.  We shared a van with two other

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Copper Canyon Trip and Vacation from Blogging

As your reading this, we’re probably somewhere in the Mexican Barranca del Cobre (Copper Canyon).  This trip has been on our bucket list for years, and so we are excited to finally be going.  The train ride from Chihuahua to Los Mochis on the Gulf of California is a railway afficianados dream.  The tracks make loops and switchbacks through spectacular scenery.  There is a lot of information for people who are riding the train from one terminus to the other, but we want to spend about a week down in the canyons, and there’s not much information about this.  We

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The Year So Far in Miles, Points, and Trips

Here’s how we’ve used our miles and points so far this year: ♦ January—Crete–120K United miles in Economy for two round trip Atlanta to Heraklion.  Killer 5 legs on the outbound. Thankful for Star Alliance lounge access!  Used 20K IHG points for Holiday Inn in Vienna on layover back to Atlanta. ♦ January–25K American Airlines miles round trip in Economy for one plus a lap infant Montreal to Atlanta.  Flew my grandson and his mom for a visit to see us. ♦ February–Road trip Atlanta to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to carry grandson, his mom, and their dog, who had been

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Redeeming a Delta Ecert or Voucher

We have a wedding to attend in New York at the end of August, so I thought I would redeem one of my new Delta vouchers that I got last week from being bumped off a flight from Cincinnati. Here is the post that details how I got the vouchers.  Atlanta-New York is a great route to fly as a nonrev standby, as Delta has flights at least once an hour all day.  But we don’t want to miss the wedding, so I thought we could use one of my vouchers for a confirmed ticket up there, and then

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Taking the Bump–How I Got $1200 in Delta vouchers in One Day!

I got bumped twice in one day from overbooked Delta flights, and was compensated by receiving a two travel vouchers, one for $400, and one for $800! The experience of Voluntary Denied Boarding, or VDB,  was a new one for this jaded traveler, and I hope I can repeat it many times over in the future! I had been planning a trip to Salt Lake City (SLC) for a couple of weeks.  The original plan was to fly nonrev from Atlanta (ATL) to SLC if there were open seats.  I am the parent of an airline employee, so I