Delta and Virgin Atlantic Announce New Summer Schedule

Delta and Virgin Atlantic announced their new summer flying schedule, which calls for up to 39 daily transatlantic flights between the United Stated and the United Kingdom between the two carriers. A few years ago, the two airlines launched a partnership which includes frequent flier benefits, including the ability to redeem SkyMiles for Virgin Atlantic flights, and they’ve…

Delta Increases Partner Award Bookings Through Site

Despite some huge changes to its mileage program including increasing award redemptions and switching both its Medallion elite program and mileage-earning to a revenue-based system, and overhauling its partner earning rates, Delta has made one major positive change: its online award search engine is much more versatile these days. Not only can you use advanced…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? March Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” That question varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers—both…

Best Business Class Amenity Kits in the Skies

After recently sharing some of the finest first class amenity kits out there, TPG Contributor Jessica Spiegel now takes a look at business class amenity kits, where the best are often defined by their bags/cases and the skincare products they contain. These airlines have done a fine job of making their business class amenity kits worth writing home about—using the pen you’ll find in…

Is Saver Level Award Availability Improving or Disappearing?

The best thing about earning points and miles is getting to use them, but too often airlines make redeeming for award travel more difficult and costly than it should be. Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks again at several routes where low-level awards are scarce, to see if conditions have improved. Two months ago,…

Which Airline Has the Best Lie-Flat Transcontinental Seats?

TPG reader Nicholas tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy—”Which airline has the best lie-flat transcontinental product?” The top contenders are for best lie-flat on transcontinental flights are American, United, Delta, and JetBlue. I’ve flown all four, and I think my favorite may surprise you. Here are the dimensions of the lie-flat seats you’ll find on transcontinental flights with each of…

Should I Upgrade from Gold Delta Amex to Delta Reserve Card?

TPG reader Rob sent me this question on Facebook: “I’m currently a Delta Diamond Medallion member with a Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express. I’m trying to determine whether upgrading to the Delta Reserve Credit Card is worth the additional $350. I’ve asked dozens of people and received as many different opinions. What do you think?” My answer to…

1,000 Hilton HHonors Points, Bonus Aeroplan Miles and More

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Chef Michelle Bernstein to Create Miami Centurion Lounge Menu The fifth Amex Centurion Lounge will be opening in the North Terminal of Miami International Airport (MIA) this summer. Chef Michelle Bernstein (who has also worked with Delta) will create menu items…

Deal Alert: Business Class to Brazil for $1550 R/T

You can fly roundtrip from several cities in the United States to Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo, Brazil in American or Delta Business class for about $1550. While, not as cheap as the Business Class Washington Dulles- Beijing $462 R/T , these are certainly still cheap prices and it seems like both airlines are hoping…

Earning Miles with Airline Business Frequent Flyer Programs

Today TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains airline business loyalty programs, and how you can benefit by signing up. Most points and miles enthusiasts know the names of domestic airline loyalty programs. SkyMiles, AAdvantage, MileagePlus, and Rapid Rewards are like the ABC’s of award travel, but I’d bet that most of you are less familiar with SkyBonus, Business Extra, PerksPlus, and SWABIZ….