Do Delta Medallion Qualifying Dollars (MQDs) Roll Over?

December 21, 2014

TPG reader Jim emailed me to ask: “Do Delta Medallion Qualifying Dollars (MQDs) roll over? I’ve already qualified for 2015 Diamond Status. I have 140K MQMs and $17,000 in spending. The 15,000 MQMs roll over; what about the extra $4500?” One of the unique aspects of the Delta SkyMiles program is that you can roll over […]

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Can Alaska Compete with Delta for the Seattle Market?

December 21, 2014

TPG reader Dale sent me a message on Facebook to ask: “When can we expect Alaska to make a bold move to slow down Delta’s efforts here in Seattle market ? So far, they have not lit the fire!”  I love to watch airlines duke it out for control. With so many mergers these days, it’s […]

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Bonus SkyMiles & AAdvantage Miles, Alaska’s Beyond Comfort

December 20, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  Alaska Introduces New Flight Experience “Alaska Beyond” Alaska is amping up their in-flight service with the launch of Alaska Beyond. First off, the planes feature new leather seats with six-way adjustable headrests. My favorite new addition is personal power outlets at […]

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SkyTeam Rolls Out SkyPriority Services & Fast-Track Security

December 18, 2014

SkyTeam has officially completed the rollout of SkyPriority services at over 1,000 airports worldwide, making benefits available to Elite Plus flyers as well as those flying first or business class on all member airlines. SkyPriority offers services like priority check-in and boarding that (at least in theory) will make your airport experience a little easier. SkyTeam has also announced […]

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Delta Medallions Receive Hertz Elite Status Benefit

December 17, 2014

We’ve written extensively about Delta changing their Skymiles program for 2015, and most of the changes have been negative. However, Delta promised that there was “more to come” and one of those new additions is a partnership with Hertz, allowing Gold, Platinum, and Diamond Medallion members to enjoy complimentary elite status in the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards […]

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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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Will I Get SkyClub Lounge Access When I Fly Delta?

December 14, 2014

TPG reader Tiffany tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I’m flying JFK-SEA on Delta over the holidays and wanted to see if I’ll have SkyClub access before my flight?” Well, without knowing anything about this trip or your situation, it’s hard to say. If you’re just flying in economy and you don’t have a credit card […]

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250 Bonus MQMs, Earn Double Starpoints, Hyatt & Hilton Sales

December 13, 2014

 Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  Earn 250 Delta MQMs and Double SkyMiles for Hilton HHonors Stays If you complete a two night Hilton stay by December 20, 2014 as a Hilton HHonors member, you can earn double SkyMiles as well as 250 Delta MQMS (very […]

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Best Airlines To Fly Premium Economy Domestically

December 12, 2014

With news earlier this week that Delta would be revamping its Economy Comfort seats into the new Comfort+, we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to take a look at the current premium economy products available on domestic flights. Earlier this week, Delta announced that it would be rebranding its Economy Comfort seats as Comfort+ […]

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Delta Reverses Decision to Limit Partner Transfers

December 11, 2014

After a year of negative changes to the Delta SkyMiles program, such as Mileage Accrual Based on Spending, Additional Revenue Requirements for Medallion Status and Reduced SkyClub Guests and Increased Fees, the airline finally has some good news for its members, just in time for the holidays. In October, Delta announced that it would implement a cap on transfers from partners beginning January […]

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Thursday Giveaway: Delta Air Lines Silver Medallion Status

December 11, 2014

On the heel’s of Delta’s announcement that they would be selling Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) at prices as high as 10,000 MQMs for $2,095, we decided that for this week’s Thursday Giveaway we would be giving away Silver Medallion status which will be valid for 12 months, from the time that it’s gifted.  As a Silver Medallion in the SkyMiles […]

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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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Airline Elite Status Match and Challenge Plans for 2015

December 9, 2014

Elite airline status is great when you have it, but earning it takes determination. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at ways to circumvent the usual qualification requirements by way of status matches and challenges. With the end of the year inching closer, the push to qualify for elite status is ramping up. Last month I wrote about […]

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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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Earning Airline & Hotel Reciprocal Elite Status for 2015

December 8, 2014

Everyone values elite status differently, but clearly the more useful the benefits are, the more meaningful status becomes. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at reciprocal airline and hotel benefits, and how they impact the value of elite status in the respective programs. One recent innovation in the travel industry is the emergence of reciprocal status agreements between airlines and […]

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1,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles, 2,000 Bonus SkyMiles, & More

December 6, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Save 50% on Starwood Properties in Asia Pacific You can save 50% on Starwood stays in Asia Pacific properties. The offer is available to book online, or call 877-782-0150 and ask for rate plan DAILY50. You must book by […]

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Delta Releases Partner Airline Mileage Earning Charts for 2015

December 5, 2014

Delta SkyMiles members are in for quite a few changes as we head into 2015 – that’s in addition to 2014 program changes including the institution of a spending requirement for elite status qualification. Those upcoming changes include increased elite status spending requirements and, more importantly, the switchover to a revenue-based mileage-earning scheme where, instead […]

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How to Redeem Points for Adventures, Events and Experiences

December 4, 2014

I typically encourage readers to use points and miles exclusively toward award travel, since gift cards, merchandise, and other alternatives provide less value. However, there are some exceptions, and today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen shares some redemption options apart from flights and hotels that can still offer an excellent return. Most discussion of award redemptions centers around airfare and hotel stays, but there are […]

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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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7 Airline Award Chart Improvements and Promotions for 2015

December 3, 2014

If the past year has taught award travelers anything, it’s that points and miles don’t make very good long-term investments. Still, as some loyalty currencies falter, others become more valuable. Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele discusses some positive changes you can look forward to in the coming year. Hardly a week goes by […]

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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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Delta to Launch London – Philadelphia Route in 2015

November 24, 2014

In an expansion of the code-sharing partnership started almost one year ago, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic will introduce non-stop service from London Heathrow (LHR) to Philadelphia (PHL). Starting on April 8, 2015, this daily service will be Delta’s eighth destination to the U.S. from Heathrow. The news of this Delta service to PHL (which has long been […]

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Overview of Delta Air Lines Award Routing Rules

November 24, 2014

With major changes to Delta and United’s frequent flyer programs in the past year and more to come from the American Airlines/US Airways merger, I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to look at the current state of airline award routing rules for the US legacy carriers. Each day this week he’ll feature a different carrier, […]

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Will Delta MQMs Roll Over If I Don’t Qualify on MQDs?

November 23, 2014

TPG reader Scott tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “Do Delta Medallion Qualifying Miles roll over if you haven’t qualified on Medallion Qualifying Dollars? I have 65k MQMs this year but am only a Silver Medallion.”  In 2014, both Delta and United instituted revenue requirements to qualify for elite status. For example, if you fly 100,000 miles […]

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