Delta Upgrade Priority and How to Improve Your Chances

One of the perks of airline elite status is getting bumped up to a premium cabin, but the upgrade process is complicated and it’s sometimes hard to predict when you’ll be accommodated. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks behind the curtain of upgrade priority on Delta. Traveling in itself is a wonderful thing….

The Best Cups of Coffee in the Sky

When Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen joined the road warrior ranks, he went from despising coffee to craving a morning jolt of caffeine—even on a 6am flight to Atlanta. Fortunately, airlines are now recognizing the importance of serving high-quality java onboard their planes, and Nick has found the best ways to get your coffee buzz in the air. Airlines are in a bit…

Should I Use My SkyMiles ASAP Due to New Program Changes?

TPG reader Jonathan tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy — “Would you advise redeeming Delta SkyMiles ASAP given the uncertainty/possibility of additional 2015 program changes/devaluations?” Delta always keeps me on my toes. I feel like there are constantly new announcements coming from the SkyMiles program, and they’re almost always negative. I don’t see Delta miraculously turning it around and…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? February 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…

Deal Alert: Cheap Flights to Tokyo for $600 Roundtrip

For amazing deals like these, be sure to follow TPG on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and follow our special TPG Alerts twitter feed. Per The Flight Deal, Delta is offering some amazing deals from several west coast cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle to Tokyo-Haneda for this spring starting at just $600 round-trip. Finding Airfares Using the ITA Matrix One…

Should I Get the Delta Platinum Amex or the Starwood Amex?

TPG reader Mike sent me a message on Facebook to ask: “I currently have the Gold Delta SkyMiles Card from American Express, and have been offered an upgrade to the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card. I’m a bit apprehensive due to the lack of transparency Delta now has regarding its award travel structure. I’m also a Platinum member with SPG, but don’t have…

2015 Updated Mileage Bonuses for Fidelity Brokerage Accounts

When it comes to earning points and miles, lucrative credit card sign-up bonuses aren’t the only way to score big. Online brokerages frequently offer airline miles as incentive to earn your business. I’ve personally been able to take advantage of two 50,000 mile bonuses offered by Fidelity Investments for new brokerage accounts, boosting both my Delta SkyMiles and…

Delta Checked Baggage Guarantee: 20 Minutes or 2,500 SkyMiles

No one likes waiting for checked baggage after a long flight. Alaska Airlines has long offered a baggage service guarantee, offering a $25 voucher or 2,500 miles if your baggage isn’t at the carousel within 20 minutes of your plane’s arrival at the gate—and now it looks like Delta Air Lines wants in on this action. Starting today, Delta is offering their…

Shortcuts to Hotel Elite Status: Cards, Spending, and More

I’ve gotten a lot of great value out of hotel status (like Hyatt Diamond) over the years, but meeting the night and stay requirements can be a challenge. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen describes some alternative ways to earn those benefits. Hotel elite status can make or break a trip. Sometimes the on-property benefits…