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How Revenue-Based Mileage Earning Affects Leisure Travelers

October 31, 2014

As 2015 approaches, Delta and United get set to launch their new revenue-based frequent flyer programs, which tend to reward business travelers at the expense of economy leisure travelers. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele looks at how these changes impact leisure travelers to help frequent flyers who are figuring out where to place their loyalty and how to maximize their miles in 2015. In the dreams […]

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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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Comparison of Airline Elite Status – Which Program Is Best?

October 30, 2014

It has been a long time since we compared the elite status programs of US airlines. But with news on the combined elite status program of American Airlines and US Airways, we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to give us a snapshot of the various airlines’ elite programs as they stand and which ones […]

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Using Miles to Fly China Airlines’ New 777-300ER

October 29, 2014

Last week I wrote about China Airlines’ new 777-300ERs, which feature all-new service classes, including a beautiful Premium Business class cabin. The planes will be put into service on the airline’s routes from Taipei to Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco in the coming months. Today TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen explains how you can use miles to try […]

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Best Airlines To Fly Coach Domestically

October 28, 2014

Though most people would rather fly business or first class given the chance, it’s not always possible to snag a seat at the front of the plane. So we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to give us a quick rundown and ranking of the economy seats you’ll likely be flying domestically these days including […]

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Delta SkyMiles Program Changes: Winners and Losers

October 28, 2014

When loyalty programs change (as they invariably do), it’s easy to judge those changes based on how they impact your own travel. But looking at the bigger picture can help you assess whether a program is moving in the right or wrong direction overall. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at recent changes to the Delta SkyMiles program, […]

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Which Delta Diamond Medallion Choice Benefits Are Best?

October 26, 2014

TPG reader Issac emailed me to ask: “I will be achieving Delta Diamond Medallion status again before the end of the year, and was wondering which are the best Choice Benefits to choose? Last year the international upgrades worked well, but do you have any better suggestions?” One of the unique things about Delta Platinum […]

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When Does Elite Status Reset and How Long Does It Last?

October 26, 2014

TPG reader Keith tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “Can you clarify the reset dates for United Premier status? If I earn elite status this year, how long will it last?”  Tick tock, tick tock…hear that? That’s the elite status qualifying clock, and you have until December 31, 2014 to get your elite miles in. Keep in mind […]

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7,500 Bonus AAdvantage Miles, Delta Upgrade Sale, Qatar A350

October 25, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn up to 5,000 Bonus QMiles To Celebrate Qatar’s One Year Anniversary with Oneworld Qatar Airways has officially been a Oneworld alliance member for one year, and to celebrate, the airline is offering bonus Qmiles for its Privilege Club members […]

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Is Pizza Fair Compensation for Flight Delays?

October 24, 2014

Flight delays are an inevitable part of air travel. Sometimes airlines are at fault and sometimes they aren’t; either way, how an airline responds is what matters most to those on board. Today, TPG Contributor Robbie Harrell explains why some Delta passengers were recently given pizza for an unexpected delay, and questions whether a free meal is adequate compensation. While […]

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Delta Testing Early Valet Baggage Service

October 24, 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’s latest update seems to be one that customers might actually benefit from. Per this […]

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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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Best Ways to Avoid Airline Change and Cancellation Fees

October 22, 2014

This year some airlines have continued to find new and creative ways to charge customers for basic services, but have no fear, they’re sticking to the tried and true ways as well. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele discusses change and cancellation fee policies, and what your options are to avoid paying them. Airlines frequently change schedules, or […]

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Domestic Routes with International Business and First Class

October 20, 2014

You might not be thrilled about flying domestic business or first class, but some airlines operate aircraft with their international premium cabins on domestic routes, and those seats are up for grabs. I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to take a look at some routes where flyers can take advantage of these opportunities. Apart from […]

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Which Delta Choice Benefit has the Most Value?

October 19, 2014

TPG reader Ryan sent me a message on Facebook to ask: “I will achieve Platinum status on Delta this year. Which is the best option of the choice benefits?” We’re more than halfway through October at this point, which means there’s not much time left before the end of the year. If you’re going for […]

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250 Free AAdvantage Miles, New United WiFi, Earn 5,000 SkyMiles

October 18, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn 250 Bonus AAdvantage Miles For Joining e-Rewards Earn 250 AAdvantage bonus miles for enrolling in the e-Rewards Opinion Panel. You can then earn more miles for taking surveys that have been selected to match your particular interests. When joining the […]

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Round-the-World Awards and How You Can Still Book Them

October 14, 2014

Lately, Delta Air Lines has been on a tear of negative announcements, including limiting points transfers from American Express Membership Rewards, raising Medallion Qualifying Dollar amounts for elite status qualification in 2015, and ending Round-the-World SkyMiles award tickets starting January 1, 2015. American Airlines also nixed its Oneworld Explorer round-the-world awards back in April. With options […]

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12 Unexpected Things I Learned On My Alaska Cruise – On Shore

October 11, 2014

Lifestyle Editor Shayne Benowitz is back exploring 12 unexpected things she learned on shore in Alaska during her family cruise. For Part 1, detailing her impressions of the ship, click here. During the course of our Alaska cruise, two words kept popping into mind to describe the incredible landscape we were witnessing: majestic and mystical. […]

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12 Unexpected Things I Learned On My Alaska Cruise – On The Ship

October 10, 2014

Lifestyle Editor Shayne Benowitz recently embarked on a seven-night Alaska cruise with her family. Here, she details 12 unexpected things she learned while aboard the ship. Come back tomorrow for Part 2 where she’ll explore shore excursions. For my parents’ 41st wedding anniversary, they invited their three grown children on an Alaska cruise. After a little […]

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Delta Raising Medallion Qualifying Dollar Thresholds in 2015

October 9, 2014

In yet another bold move to undermine its frequent flyers, Delta is increasing the amount of Medallion Qualifying Dollars you’ll need to spend in order to qualify for elite status starting in 2015 for 2016 Medallion qualification. Delta is increasing the MQD requirements for earning 2016 Medallion status, which is based on flights flown between January 1, […]

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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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Discounted Hyatt Stays, Bonus Club Carlson Points and More

October 4, 2014

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Earn Delta Skymiles for Donating to United Way United Way is a non-profit organization that helps individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives. If you donate over $50 to United Way, you can […]

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Delta To Limit Partner Transfers to SkyMiles

October 1, 2014

Over the past year, Delta has really chiseled away their SkyMiles program by implementing many negative changes for their 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 and Blocked Access to ExpertFlyer, just to name a few of their recent changes. Well, Delta […]

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