Building Credit from Scratch, Southwest’s International Destinations, Around-the-World Awards and More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

The Ridiculous Thing That’s Delaying Flights 

As infuriating as flight delays can be, there are plenty of good reasons for why a plane may not be ready for takeoff at its scheduled time, like extreme weather, not-so-extreme-but-still-inclement weather and late-arriving aircraft. One excuse that’s not likely to fly with passengers? A broken coffee maker. Yet that’s the official reason some passengers…

United and Delta are Cutting Capacity on UK Flights

In the wake of the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union, United Airlines has revealed plans to reduce capacity on flights to some UK cities from its hubs in Newark (EWR) and Washington-Dulles (IAD). Specifically, the airline will suspend its Dulles to Manchester service this winter. Further, United expressed that it will downgauge…

You Can Now Use Delta Global Upgrades on Virgin Atlantic

As part of Delta’s Choice Benefits, the carrier gives Diamond Medallion members the choice of which kind of upgrades they want — four Global, eight Regional OR two Global and four Regional. While Delta’s Global Upgrades could previously only be used on Delta flights and select Air France and KLM trips, Delta recently expanded its list of eligible partners for the…

Is It Easier to Earn Airline Status with Miles or Segments?

TPG reader Matt sent me a message on Facebook to ask about strategies for earning elite status: “I’m trying to earn Delta elite status; is it generally more cost-effective to aim for the mileage or segment requirements? It seems like mileage would be easier, but I’m not sure, since I can get cheap, short segments from Atlanta.” Since Delta and United offer redeemable…

Check Out Boeing’s New 737 MAX, New American Airlines Credit Cards, Swiss’ 777 and More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

The 4 Best Credit Cards for a Seattle-Based Traveler

There are plenty of great rewards-earning credit cards to choose from, but depending on where you live and which airlines best serve your hub airport, some of them are better choices than others. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at the top options for travelers flying out of Seattle….

Deal Alert: West Coast Cities to Australia and New Zealand from $682 Round-Trip

Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage…

Delta Improves Amenity Kits with Luxury Products from Kiehl’s

One of the many perks of traveling in a premium cabin on a long-haul flight is receiving an amenity kit to help you arrive at your destination more alert and refreshed. However, some airlines do better than others when it comes to providing premium products for their customers. And in the US, Delta seems to be…

Is the Mileage Run Dead?

Mileage runs have long figured into frequent flyers’ strategies, allowing them to earn thousands of redeemable rewards with a single, cheap, long-haul fare. Now that American Airlines is set to become the last major US carrier to switch to a revenue-based earning system, mileage runs may no longer seem like a viable option. TPG Contributor…