Free Delta Silver Status, New Disney Cruise and Southwest Routes

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Disney Cruises Announces New Sailings for 2016 Disney Cruises will sail to the Bahamas and Canada from New York starting in 2016. The cruise line will also offer new route options from Miami and Galveston, including Miami to the Eastern and Western…

Delta Introduces Discounted Awards for 5,000 Miles

Delta has made some major changes to its SkyMiles program in the past couple of years, including switching to a revenue-based mileage-earning formula, gutting partner airline earning, introducing new five-tiered award charts (then removing those charts from its website) and running some 10,000-mile award sales. Now the airline has introduced 5,000-mile awards on a few…

Can I Sell My Delta Upgrades In the Gate Area Before Flying?

TPG reader Keith recently tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “I’m a Delta Diamond and get upgraded frequently on domestic routes, and was wondering if I could try and sell my upgrades to coach passengers at the gate?” Keith, you could try this, but I see a lot of opportunity for disaster. The airline could easily find out that…

Alaska Airlines Now Charging for Premium Seats

Earlier this week, Alaska Airlines announced the launch of a new Preferred Plus seating option. Set in bulkhead and exit rows, these seats, which were previously available only to elite members, can now be purchased at the 24-hour check-in window, starting at $15 plus tax. Here’s what Alaska has to say about these new seats: Upgrades for rows 6, 16…

SunTrust Devaluing Delta Debit Card on July 25

Any time I hear that SkyMiles is in the news I brace for the worst. And for me, this is it. Following the industry trend to eliminate opportunities to earn miles through regular bank transactions, SunTrust has announced drastic changes to its Delta debit card. Effective July 25, 2015, the program will undergo major changes to…

It’s a Big Day for Flight Deals; Here’s What You Can Book Right Now

If you’ve been hit with a case of wanderlust, today’s your lucky day. Our friends over at The Flight Deal have unearthed five fare deals to far-flung destinations such as São Paulo and Cape town. New York – Miami for $110 round-trip on American Airlines (valid for travel through June 20; extremely limited availability) Orlando –…

Where Points and Miles Go After You Die

Sometimes you can leave your accrued miles or points to the people you love after you die, and sometimes you can’t. Today, we explore policies from some of the major US airlines. If your airline does permit a loved one to take over your frequent flyer assets after death, it’s important to plan ahead; if you’re unable to get them…

Which Airline Has Your Favorite In-Flight Meal Service?

TPG reader Michael tweeted me to ask about in-flight dining: @thepointsguy– “You love to hate on American’s first class meals, so which airline has your favorite meals?” If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen some of the nasty food pictures I’ve uploaded during my travels. No meal in the sky can really be expected to equal…

Deal Alert: Business Class To Europe This Summer For Under $2,000

Summer tends to be a slow time for international business class travel to Europe, and we’ve already seen some pretty great deals from the US, including airfares that you could get down to around $1,200 per person from New York-Paris on Oneworld. Now Delta seems to be offering some low fares out of various US…