In a surprising turn 😉 SkyTeam partners have some good news on the horizon today. (We rarely get that over here at Camp SkyTeam.)
The Scoop & Takeaway
Delta (DL) today announced that their offer to purchase more shares in Aeromexico (AM), which would increase their ownership from 4.2% to 49%.
Finalization of Delta’s cash tender is subject to a few conditions, including approval of at least 25% of Aeromexicos’ current shareholders.
Delta has shown plenty of interest in Aeromexico – after all, they’d just recently gotten the green light on their joint venture with AM, so it comes as absolutely no surprise that they’re diving in and investing in the airline. This is only good news for Delta Medallions – if this goes through, it’ll likely mean more codeshares and more SkyMile redemption options on Aeromexico-operated flights. Hopefully on one of those new shiny 787-9s they just picked up from Boeing(!).
And in credit card news – if you haven’t checked the offers on your American Express credit card, there’s currently an offer for 20,000 Membership Rewards points on a $1,000 purchase at Air France (AF) with your eligible American Express card from now through April 14, 2017. You’ll have to spend the $1,000 in one transaction on either airfrance.us or on their mobile app. The Terms & Conditions clearly state that purchases made at the lounge (or well, anywhere else) do not qualify. If you’re thinking of opting into this offer, we suggest doing it sooner rather than later – and you probably don’t want to do it on April 14th, lest your purchase post the next day and you miss out on the points.
Is it worth it? It’s a good deal if you were thinking of heading to Paris. And if you weren’t thinking of hopping over to the city of lights, well, you probably should be (and don’t forget to check out our recently published destination guide while you’re at it).
In other SkyTeam news, KLM announced last week that they are testing new methods of checking tickets when boarding – with the use of facial recognition. The process is being tested selectively around KLM’s home hub, Schipol (AMS), where KLM customers can use a kiosk near the gate ares to scan their boarding pass, passport, and (well,) face.
KLM’s new attempts to upgrade to their boarding process sounds innovative, though I’m sure we’re years away from this being the standard. Given the stringent privacy laws in Europe, it comes as no surprise that KLM has announced that personal data will be erased after boarding, and every 10 hours, all data on the kiosk is erased for good measure. Even so, I’m sure this type of data collection is the type of thing that makes some people nervous, so I can’t imagine everyone will be lining up to do this.
Oh and we’re late to the table on this, but Happy 5th Birthday, SkyPriority! SkyTeam celebrated SkyPriority’s anniversary on February 8. For five years, we’ve been given cross-network benefits at check-in, security, lounges, and boarding (except, I guess, with Czech Airlines, who boards the SkyPriorty line at the same time they board the regular line).
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