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

American Airlines Takes On Delta With This New Route

October 22, 2014

American Airlines recently announced the addition of new daily nonstop flights from Los Angeles International Airport to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport starting on March 5, 2015. This new route will be served by their Boeing 737-800 aircraft three times a day. The new Los Angeles-Atlanta flight times are: Depart LAX at 12:15 am PT, Arrive at ATL at 7:40 am ET Depart LAX […]

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Amex Membership Rewards 35% Virgin Atlantic Transfer Bonus

October 15, 2014

American Express Membership Rewards, the points program of cards like the Platinum Card and the Premier Rewards Gold as well as the new EveryDay cards is currently offering a 35% transfer bonus to Virgin Atlantic from October 15 – November 30, 2014. There’s no need to register – the bonus is hard-coded into the transfer page. While this isn’t the most lucrative transfer bonus we’ve […]

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Deal Alert: Cheap US Airways Flights to Europe from $400

October 13, 2014

Per the Flight Deal, US Airways is offering some great deals on flights to Europe right including to Dublin, Madrid, Venice, Barcelona and Brussels to name a few. These fares will not last long, so if you are interested book now and remember US Airways offers a risk free 24 hour cancellation policy if you […]

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Completing the Hyatt Diamond Status Challenge

October 8, 2014

TPG Content and Community Manager Ryan Gaines is about to embark on a Hyatt Diamond Status Challenge over the next two months. In today’s post, Ryan provides an overview of the Hyatt challenge, and explains his plans to achieve Hyatt Diamond Elite Status. As the year comes to an end, I’ve been re-evaluating my hotel elite status, and […]

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Delta Removing Medallion Upgrades on Basic Economy Fares

October 7, 2014

Over the past year, Delta has really chiseled away their SkyMiles program by implementing tons of negative changes for frequent flyers. They’ve announced Mileage Accrual Based on Spending, Additional Revenue Requirements for Medallion Status, Reduced SkyClub Guests and Increased Fees, Tightened Their Same Day Confirm Policy, Blocked Access to ExpertFlyer, and Limited Partner Transfers to SkyMiles. Well, they’re at it again, and […]

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Delta Ending Round-the-World SkyMiles Tickets

October 7, 2014

We are just a few months away from when Delta will be switching to revenue based earnings, but it seems that Delta is already making changes when it comes to SkyMiles redemptions, as starting January 1, 2015, Delta will discontinue Round-the-World (RTW) SkyMiles tickets. According to Delta’s SkyMiles Program Rules & Guide, Round-the-World Award Tickets will not be issued on or after January 1, […]

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American Airlines Offers Cadillac Gate Transfers for Elites

October 6, 2014

American Airlines has teamed up with Cadillac to offer an airport transfer program in which high value customers (namely, Concierge Key members) with tight connections will receive tarmac transfer services to their next departure gate. American and Cadillac currently offer a luxury airport transfer program at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and will be expanding to  Dallas/Fort […]

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American Airlines Launches New Routes from Miami

October 2, 2014

American Airlines just announced that starting on March 5, 2015, they will be adding new daily nonstop flights from Miami International Airport to Austin, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; Salt Lake City and San Antonio. These new routes from Miami will be operated onboard their Boeing 737-800 aircraft Miami- Austin Departs AUS at 6:10 a.m CT, arrives at MIA at […]

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ExpertFlyer Adds US Airways Awards and Upgrades

September 16, 2014

Last week we wrote about how Delta forced ExpertFlyer to remove all availability and how it was such a customer unfriendly move on Delta’s part. Well, American Airlines must have taken note, since they announced today that ExpertFlyer now supports full US Airways flight availability for both awards and upgrades. ExpertFlyer posted the following on Flyertalk: As part of our […]

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Amazon Payments Removing Free $1,000 Monthly Transfers

September 11, 2014

We recently wrote about Amazon Payments and the Ability to Send and Receive Money with a credit card. Currently with Amazon Payments, users can send and receive up to $1,000 each calendar month using a credit card without being charged any fees, creating the opportunity to earn credit card points for expenses that might otherwise be paid in cash or […]

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Delta Forces ExpertFlyer to Remove All Availability

September 10, 2014

When it comes to searching for flight availability and setting alerts for award seats, I usually turn to ExpertFlyer. Their flight availability tool shows you the availability of certain paid fare classes and gauges your chances at getting upgrades, same day confirmed changes, and standbys if you’re an elite frequent flyer. If delays or cancellations occur, you can also […]

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New Starwood Promotion: More For You – Double/Triple Points

September 8, 2014

Starwood just announced their new fall promotion More For You, where SPG members can earn either double or triple Starpoints depending on which nights of the week their stay is with Starwood. This promotion is valid for stays between September 15 and December 15, 2014. Promotion Details:  Double Starpoints on stays of two or more eligible nights Triple Starpoints […]

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50,000 SkyMiles Bonus for Amex Delta Cards Ends Tomorrow

September 6, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Delta Gold and Platinum cards are no longer available. View the current offers here: Gold Delta SkyMiles Personal, Gold Delta SkyMiles Business, Platinum Delta SkyMiles. Just a reminder that the limited time offers for the American Express Delta cards are ending tomorrow; if you’ve been thinking of signing up, now is the time. The […]

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Maximizing Delta SkyMiles For Upgrades, Awards and More

September 4, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Delta Gold and Platinum cards are no longer available. View the current offers here: Gold Delta SkyMiles Personal, Gold Delta SkyMiles Business, Platinum Delta SkyMiles. Delta SkyMiles may not be the most valuable frequent flyer mile currency out there, but the miles can still come in handy if you know how to […]

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Starwood Launches SPG Pro: More Points for Planners

September 3, 2014

Starwood just announced their new loyalty program for meeting and travel professionals, SPG Pro which will officially launch in October of this year. Basically, the new program broadens the scope of those who will get rewarded for planning group/meeting travel and enhances the earn ratio for SPG elite members.  SPG is really encouraging all members to bring […]

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Delta Same Day Confirm Policy Changes Yet Again

August 28, 2014

Last year, Delta made some major changes to their Same Day Confirm policy, which requires that the same class of service must be available to change instead of just cabin to cabin availability. This means that if you were booked on a cheap fare, most likely you wouldn’t be able to Same Day Confirm and […]

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Using the United Explorer Bonus in a Post Devaluation World

August 27, 2014

In light of the limited-time sign-up bonus offer for the United MileagePlus Explorer Card of 50,000 miles after spending $2,000 within the first 3 months, I thought I would revisit what I think are the best United award options since the recent United devaluation. (Note that there’s a better offer of 50,000 miles plus a $50 statement credit for existing United members.) This […]

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United and Hawaiian Launch New Self Service Baggage Options

August 26, 2014

I’m not normally one to check bags. I much prefer a carry on to save time at check-in, eliminate the risk of the airline losing it and avoid extra fees. However, sometimes it’s just not possible to fit everything into your carry on. With this in mind, United and Hawaiian Airlines both recently announced new self-service baggage check options, including […]

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Iberia Devalues Avios Award Chart, Is British Airways Next?

August 25, 2014

Iberia Airlines recently devalued its award chart, greatly increasing the number of Avios one needs for Oneworld partner redemptions. Since Iberia and British Airways are both owned by the International Airlines Group, it’s not unrealistic to think that a similar change could be coming to British Airways with regard to redeeming on their partner airlines. Here’s a look at the award […]

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Free Lunch for Delta Medallions in NYC at New JFK T4 Pop-Up In Soho

May 2, 2013

TPG Intern Ryan got an advance look at Delta’s new JFK Terminal 4 opening later this month by visiting Delta’s pop-up store in Soho yesterday. Here’s what travelers can expect when the terminal at the airport opens on the 24th. In anticipation of its new state-of-the-art Terminal 4 opening at JFK on May 24, Delta […]

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Hotel Review: Westin Riverfront Resort at Beaver Creek One-Bedroom Suite

April 18, 2013

TPG Intern Ryan spent his spring break skiing the slopes of Beaver Creek, Colorado, so we asked him to write up a review of the Westin Riverfront Resort. Here’s what he had to say. For spring break, my family decided to head to the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa in Avon, Colorado. We chose to fly […]

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Maximizing Delta Systemwide Upgrades Domestically

June 15, 2012

This handy how-to guide on Delta systemwide upgrades comes to us courtesy of our TPG intern, Ryan, who, despite being a college student is already one of the savviest Delta flyers I know. Here are his inside tips on making sure you get value out of your SWU’s and some routes he suggests using them […]

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