Delta Captain Locked Out of Cockpit Just Before Landing

In an awkward (and potentially scary) turn of events yesterday afternoon, Delta’s Flight 1651 ended its 2.5-hour journey from Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) to Las Vegas (LAS) with an emergency landing at the latter airport—because the aircraft’s captain had been locked out of the cockpit. Just prior to the final landing approach, the unidentified captain had left the cockpit in order…

Winter Storm Juno: Travel Advisories by Airline

With massive Winter Storm Juno bearing down on the East Coast, I wanted to provide you with a handy consolidated resource of the current travel advisories and flight change/refund policies of the major airlines so that you don’t get stranded this week. If you have upcoming travel anywhere in the affected zone (from Downeast Maine to the Jersey shore,…

5 Award Flights that Don’t Exist at Saver Level

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 calls out several routes where low-level awards are scarce, if they’re available at all. Have you ever felt like airline…

Flight Review: Delta Transcontinental JFK-LAX BusinessElite

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: The Enhanced Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN TPG Content and Community Manager Ryan Gaines recently flew from New York’s JFK to Los Angeles on Delta’s 767-300 in BusinessElite—after he was able to confirm upgrade space and use 12,500 miles to upgrade….

What Are Points & Miles Worth? January 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…

Insider Series: Highs & Lows of In-Flight Service: America vs. the World

Ever wonder why airlines in the Middle East, Asia and Europe are renowned for providing good service, while U.S. carriers have trailed behind in the service department for decades? Our airline industry insider, Carrie A. Trey, shares her insights about in-flight service—both good and bad—based on years of practical experience as a flight attendant. The in-flight service disparity between carriers in…

Discounted 10,000 SkyMiles Redemptions Each-Way to Florida

Now through January 23, 2015, Delta is running a limited-time award travel sale which means discounted 10,000 SkyMiles redemptions each-way to Florida. Delta Medallions and Delta credit cardholders including those with the Delta SkyMiles American Express Gold card can take advantage of this pre-sale, which is valid on Delta economy one-way flights for travel on select dates between February 12,…

Do Delta & SPG Crossover Rewards Count Toward Elite Status?

TPG Reader Emir messaged me to ask: “I know that points transferred from Amex Rewards do not count toward Delta elite status; what about points earned from SPG and Delta Crossover Rewards?” Amex points transferred to Delta do not count toward Medallion elite status, as Emir mentioned. However, about a year and a half ago, Delta…

Book China Southern and China Eastern Awards On Delta.com

One of the major changes that Delta announced last year as it revamped its SkyMiles and Medallion programs is that its award routing rules would change in 2015. Delta has eliminated stopovers and open-jaws on awards, which is a big negative. On the plus side, though, the airline has finally instituted one-way awards, and it…

Should I Use My Delta Amex Card to Avoid MQD Requirements?

TPG reader Harrison tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy- “With the increased Delta MQD requirements, do you think it’s a good idea to spend $25,000 on a Delta Amex card for the waiver?” In 2014, both United and Delta added a revenue requirement to elite status qualification, meaning that  customers would have to spend a certain amount…