Ryan Gaines

Content and Community Manager

Ryan GainesRyan joins The Points Guy full time after having spent several years interning and writing while attending New York University.  Ryan has a degree in Hotel and Tourism Management and has held positions with Ritz-Carlton, Starwood as well as other travel blogs. Ryan loves to seek out elite status and flies over 100,000 miles a year primarily on Delta. Some of his favorite destinations are Rome, London, Hawaii and the Caribbean islands.

As the newest member of The Points Guy team as Content and Community Manager, Ryan oversees the content of the site as well as various social media projects and general site maintenance. He is excited to be returning to the team and to interact with the dynamic TPG community! You can reach him at [email protected]

Articles by Ryan Gaines

Starwood Offers SPG Members Free Internet Access

December 17, 2014

Last month, we wrote about how Marriott Offers Free Wi-Fi to All Marriott Rewards Members, and speculated if other brands such as Starwood would follow suit. Our speculation paid off as Starwood just announced today that SPG members who book their stays either through SPG.com, one of their hotel brand websites, or using their SPG App, will […]

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Deal Alert: $44 American Airlines Flights from Chicago

December 16, 2014

Per the Flight Deal, American Airlines is running a fare sale with flights from Chicago to Orlando or Tampa starting at just $44 each way for travel in January and February. If you are interested in scoring any of these fares for $44, be sure to book sooner than later because typically, these fare sales usually […]

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50,000 SkyMiles Sign-Up Bonus for Amex Delta Gold Card

December 16, 2014

American Express has launched limited time signup bonus offers of 50,000 Delta SkyMiles and a $50 statement credit on their Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card and their Business Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card. The signup bonuses for these cards are normally 30,000-35,000 SkyMiles, so the present offer for these is substantially better. These offer will be available until December 21, 2014. Here are more details of the present offers: […]

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Deal Alert: $29 Flights on Frontier Airlines from Cleveland

December 10, 2014

Frontier Airlines is having a one-day sale with flights from Cleveland starting at $29 select dates this January and February to/from Atlanta, Dallas/Ft. Worth and Denver. Yesterday, JetBlue announced new service from Boston to Cleveland, and they are currently offering $19 fares for the launch. If you are interested in scoring any of these fares for […]

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Deal Alert: $19 Fares on JetBlue to Cleveland

December 9, 2014

JetBlue Airways announced that they would begin launching twice daily service between Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) on April 30, 2015 onboard their Embraer 190 aircraft.  To celebrate, they’re offering a limited number of $19 fares for flights from between April 30 and June 18, 2015, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays for purchase […]

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New Delta Arrivals Lounge at London Heathrow

December 9, 2014

Delta Air Lines just announced that they have opened a new Arrivals Lounge at London Heathrow for arriving BusinessElite passengers and SkyMiles Diamond and Platinum Medallion members arriving from the United States. The Arrivals Lounge will be open daily from 6:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m for these arriving passengers. The Arrivals Lounge is located in the arrivals hall in Terminal 3 and […]

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Deal Alert: Cheap Flights to Brazil for $474 Roundtrip

December 8, 2014

Per this Flyertalk thread, there are currently some great fares from both New York and Miami to Iguassu Falls, Brazil (IGU) this winter starting at only $474 round-trip on both LAN and TAM. Finding Airfares Using the ITA Matrix One of the most useful tools for searching airfares quickly is the ITA Matrix. Check out this post […]

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Delta Enhances New Cabins with Comfort + and Delta One

December 8, 2014

Delta Air Lines just announced this morning that they will be redefining their product offerings onboard with new names and amenities. They will now offer five products to choose from, including Delta One, First Class and Delta Comfort+ which offer premium amenities. BusinessElite get renamed as Delta One, and Economy Comfort gets rebranded as Delta Comfort +. Starting March […]

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Buy Delta MQMs and MQDs for 2015 Medallion Status

December 3, 2014

Similar to last year, Delta Air Lines just announced that they would be selling Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs), up to 10,000 MQMs per account. In addition, for those who are short on Medallion Qualifying Dollars (MQDs), the purchase price of the miles will count toward your MQD requirement, so you could earn both if you were […]

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Delta Launches New Service from Minneapolis-Honolulu

December 2, 2014

Delta Air Lines just announced that they would be re-adding non-stop service between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Honolulu, Hawaii. The flight will operate starting October 25, 2015 through March 26, 2016 on a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with 26 full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite. Minneapolis to Honolulu Departs MSP at 11:45 a.m, arrives at HNL at 3:49 p.m. Departs HNL at 5:17 p.m, arrives at MSP at […]

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Roundup of Cyber Monday Travel Deals

December 1, 2014

While tons of stores, airlines and hotels offered fantastic deals starting on Black Friday, today is Cyber Monday, which means there are all kinds of fantastic discounts, rebates and bonuses you can take advantage of by shopping online. Be sure to check out our posts on Holiday Shopping Portal Deals and Top Cyber Monday Hotel Flash Sales for […]

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Deal Alert: Flights to Maui for Only $257 Roundtrip

December 1, 2014

As part of Alaska Airline’s Cyber Monday sale, they are offering some super cheap fares to Hawaii this spring, including from Oakland to Maui, Hawaii for only $128 each way which comes out to $257.60 roundtrip. Other cheap flights include San Diego to Honolulu, San Jose to Kaua’i, and Seattle to Hawaii. You can take […]

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Deal Alert: $7 Hotel Rooms for Black Friday

November 28, 2014

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving yesterday! For those looking for some cheap hotel rooms for tonight, the Hotel Tonight app is launching their Black Friday sale with $7 rooms tonight, starting at 7am local time today. As a reminder, Hotel Tonight is a mobile app, so to take advantage of these deals, you must download the app […]

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Alaska Airlines Announces New 2015 Mileage Plan Program

November 26, 2014

Following Delta’s Increased Medallion Qualifying Dollars announcement and United Devaluing MileagePlus Premier Program, Alaska Airlines decided that they would revamp their 2015 Mileage Plan program as well. Similar to Delta and United, Alaska Airlines is trying to target business travelers, who they feel spend the most by offering increased mileage bonuses on full economy and first […]

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Deal Alert: $41 US Airways Flights Las Vegas- Philadelphia

November 26, 2014

While most of you are probably traveling today for Thanksgiving, US Airways is running a fare sale with flights starting at $41 between Las Vegas and Philadelphia for select dates in January and February. These flights are bookable on the US Airways site, though my favorite way to search for these is using the ita […]

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United Devalues MileagePlus Premier Program

November 20, 2014

Delta recently devalued it’s SkyMiles program by increasing the Medallion Qualifying Dollar thresholds, and United quickly followed by raising their Premier Qualifying Dollar thresholds for 2015. This time around, United decided it was time to make some of their own changes to their MileagePlus program, and not just follow in Delta’s footsteps. These latest changes have to do […]

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Delta Air Lines Launches More New Routes From Seattle

November 19, 2014

Delta Air Lines recently announced the addition of new daily nonstop flights from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Denver, Boise, Sacramento, Ketchikan and Sitka, Alaska, with service beginning as early as May, 2015. The new routes that Delta will serve, which will be operated by Delta Connection include: Five daily flights to Denver, beginning June 4 Four daily flights to Sacramento, Calif., beginning May […]

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Delta Changes Stopovers and Open Jaw Policy, Updates Website

November 18, 2014

Over the past year, Delta has made a number of negative changes including Mileage Accrual Based on Spending, Additional Revenue Requirements for Medallion Status, Reduced SkyClub Guests and Increased Fees, A Tighter Same Day Confirm Policy, Blocked Access to ExpertFlyer, and Limited Partner Transfers to SkyMiles. However, Delta is continuing chiseling away their SkyMiles program when it comes to SkyMiles awards with stopovers or open […]

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Chase Sapphire Preferred Increases Minimum Spending Requirement

November 17, 2014

When it comes to credit cards, the Chase Sapphire Preferred has been one of my go-to travel cards for years. The rewards are pretty generous, as you earn two Ultimate Rewards points per dollar on all travel and dining. The travel category includes everything from airfare to subways, and even tolls and parking. There are also 11 amazing travel partners […]

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Buying American and US Airways Miles Promotions- Worth It?

November 17, 2014

Currently both US Airways and American Airlines are running similar buy miles promotions, where you can buy either US Airways Divdened Miles or American Airlines AAdvantage miles for as little as 1.88 cent per mile. From November 13 through January 2, 2015, you’ll earn either up to 45,000 AAdvantage bonus miles, or up to 45,000 US […]

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Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Chicago- Regency Club King

November 10, 2014

We were recently in Chicago for the Chicago Seminars which was being held in Elk Grove, Illinois. TPG Content and Community Manager Ryan Gaines chose to stay at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Here’s his review of the property.  While we were attending the Chicago Seminars in Elk Grove (near O’Hare), I decided to stay downtown at the Hyatt […]

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Delta Expands Porsche Service to LaGuardia, Seattle, Detroit

November 3, 2014

Delta Air Lines announced today that it will expand its Porsche tarmac transfer service to three more airports: New York LaGuardia, Seattle and Detroit. Delta initially launched this service back in 2011 in Atlanta, and has since added a total of 19 cars in which high value customers can be picked up and transported from gate to gate. In addition […]

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Amazing Deal Alert: $1,400 Business Class Fares to Europe

October 31, 2014

Currently there are some amazing airfares from Los Angeles to Madrid next summer from $1,400 round-trip for Business Class. Reported itineraries include departures across the US as well, on several SkyTeam carriers including Delta, Air France, Alitalia, and KLM. There is no guarantee how long these will last, so I would book these ASAP if you are interested, since […]

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Discounted SkyMiles Redemptions Starting at 21,000 Miles

October 30, 2014

Now through November 2, 2014, Delta is running a limited-time award travel sale which means discounted SkyMiles redemptions. Last month, Delta launched a similar sale which was only for Medallions and Delta credit cardholders including those with the Delta SkyMiles American Express Gold card, but it seems like this current offer is open to everyone meaning you can […]

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