New Airline Timetables
“Cathay Pacific ends Cairns-Hong Kong service
LATAM Airlines commences non-stop Sydney-Santiago flights
United adds Melbourne-San Francisco service
Singapore Airlines upgrades Singapore-Melbourne-Wellington route
Thai Airways increases Melbourne-Bangkok frequency
Many airlines are moving flights to Beijing Daxing Airport (PKX)
Changes to various fifth-freedom routes
Air New Zealand launching non-stop Newark to Auckland
Delta offers perks for $59 annually - think early boarding etc.
Unlike full elite status, which comes with the potential for seat upgrades, bonus miles on flights, and checked bag fee waivers, SkyMiles Select allows travelers to buy a few elite status perks without doing all that flying. The most useful perk: Main Cabin 1 boarding. This is the first boarding group for Delta's economy cabin, but comes after several groups of elite fliers, top Delta co-branded credit card holders, and premium cabin passengers have boarded (so, it's more like the fourth boarding group in most cases). The true benefit of boarding early? A better shot at finding overhead bin space for carry-on luggage.
SkyMiles Select also comes with eight free drink coupons that are valid for a glass of wine, beer, or a cocktail. Delta charges as much as $9 for alcoholic drinks on most flights, so this perk could be valued around $72. Depending upon how often you fly and the types of tickets you buy (hint: basic economy fliers stand to score big here), this could be a good deal. Here’s who should consider purchasing SkyMiles Select membership.