Discounted Delta Awards Starting at 5,000 SkyMiles Each Way

Now through August 6, 2015, Delta is running a limited-time award travel sale, offering discounted SkyMiles redemptions starting at just 5,000 SkyMiles each way for select routes within the United States. This sale is valid for travel for select dates between August 6 and December 16, 2015. Here are some sample routes I was able to find for 5,000 miles each-way: Cincinnati to…

Comparing Transcon Award Availability in Premium Cabins

The best awards are sometimes (but not always) the hardest to find. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr examines availability for some of the most sought after domestic seats to see which airlines come through for award travelers in premium cabins. On May 2, 1923, two US Air Service lieutenants took off in a Fokker T-2 from Roosevelt Field on Long…

1,000 New York City Airport Workers to Strike

This Wednesday, more than 1,000 New York City airport workers plan to go on strike, possibly affecting air travel at New York-JFK and LaGuardia (LGA) airports. Baggage handlers, security guards and wheelchair attendants contracted by Aviation Safeguards — which provides their services to Delta, British Airways and United at both JFK and LGA — have called this strike in order…

Travel to London on Points and Miles

With the less-than-favorable exchange rate of pounds to dollars (£1 = $1.56 at this writing), new luxury hotels and celebrity chef-driven restaurants opening daily, London doesn’t seem to qualify as a value destination. But thanks to a continually increasing number of nonstop flights from the US — and a slew of points-redeeming hotel options — scoring a budget-savvy trip across the pond has never…

Do Delta Elites Get Perks on Virgin Atlantic Flights?

TPG reader Alex tweeted me to ask about Delta Medallions flying on Virgin Atlantic: @thepointsguy – “I have Delta Platinum Medallion status and have to fly Virgin Atlantic. Will any of my elite perks apply?” A couple years ago, Delta announced it was buying a minority stake in Virgin Atlantic, which was great news for anyone you has a lot…

Travel to Chile’s Atacama Desert on Points and Miles

The driest place on Earth, Chile’s Atacama Desert is also fascinating, colorful and surprisingly full of life. Requiring long flights from the US and possible overnight stays coming and going, it’s also a great destination for using your hard-earned points and miles. TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne guides you to and through the Atacama, a journey she…

Delta’s New Mileage Upgrade Award Charts Leaked

Yesterday I posted about the further obfuscation of the SkyMiles program after Delta announced that starting June 1, 2016, the number of miles needed will change based on destination, demand and other dynamics. Delta also announced that it will increase the number of miles needed for upgrade awards and add more eligible fare classes, though there was no description of what these mileage upgrades…

Onward Flight Deals from Moscow

Earlier this week, TPG announced a low-fare deal for just $399 round-trip from Houston to Moscow Domodedovo Airport. While that’s a great fare in and of itself, some folks might not be interested in Moscow as their final destination. (If you are, though, check out this post on How To Get A Russian Visa.) However,…

Airline Elite Status Match and Challenge Options for the Rest of 2015

Elite airline status provides a lot of great perks, but earning it takes determination. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at ways to circumvent the usual qualification requirements by way of status matches and challenges. We’ve officially reached the halfway point of 2015! With just six months left to (re)qualify for elite status,…