Happy Friday everyone. It's been an extremely unproductive week at GodSaveThePoints.com, but sometimes you've just gotta get out and put the computer down. I had an amazing time checking out the Indian Wells tennis tournament and I think the wisdom goes "when coming from New York where it's snowing, sit outside in the desert heat all day". Wise words. Anyway, with apologies and without further adieu, here are some important travel stories and opportunities...

Delta Ups Same Day Confirmed Fees To $75...

Delta has upped their same day confirmed or standby option from $50 to $75 overnight, without warning. This is a 50% increase in the fees associated with changing your flight on the day of travel and perhaps most frustratingly, it lacks any creativity. American and United charge $75 per person presently, so rather than continue to reap record profits while differentiating themselves for having a slightly lower change fee, something that could be valuable to many travelers, Delta decided to just stare at their competition.

Hilton Offering 100% Bonus On Points Purchases... 

Hilton have made it increasingly difficult to find arbitrage opportunities using their points. The price in points is often directly correlated to the price using cash, so it's a challenge to find a redemption where you're getting great value. With that said, the opportunities do happen, especially if you already have a head start. I have about 20,000 Hilton points laying around, and therefore with a 100% bonus on purchasing points, I could be tempted to top off my balance towards a high end redemption. Assess for yourself here and buy points here.

IAG Launch "LEVEL", A New Long Haul Low Cost...

No word as to whether Alex Cruz will get called over to helm the new operation, but IAG today boldly launched LEVEL it's new discount long haul carrier. Tickets are on sale today for flights from Barcelona to Los Angeles and Oakland. The airline will use two (new?) A330's and will operate with a cost structure similar to Norwegian, WOW Air and the other airlines which are currently eating their (buy on board) lunch. Seats will be laid out in a 2-4-2 configuration with just 30'' of pitch, with a "premium" offering in 2-3-2 with a mere 37'' pitch. You WILL be able to earn Avios for these flights and there will be six levels of fares with increasing benefits. The site will launch here today...