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Delta Revamps Medallion Upgrade Program – Introduces Global and Regional Upgrades

December 10, 2013

As a Delta Platinum and Diamond Medallion for the past 5 years, Delta’s international upgrade policy has always been a thorn in my side. Top-tier upgrades have historically been restricted to Y, B and M fare classes (read: super expensive), so I’ve generally chosen other perks for my Choice Benefits options. However, Delta announced today […]

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Elite Status Series: Delta Diamond Medallion

December 10, 2013

TPG contributor Nick Ewen takes us through the basics of Delta Diamond Medallion status – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it. In earlier posts, I covered the ins and outs of Delta’s Silver Medallion, Gold Medallion and Platinum Medallion levels of elite status. This piece is targeted at […]

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Elite Status Series: Delta Platinum Medallion

December 9, 2013

TPG contributor Nick Ewen takes us through the basics of Delta Platinum Medallion status – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it. In earlier posts, I covered the ins and outs of Delta’s lowest two tiers of elite status: Silver Medallion and Gold Medallion. This piece is targeted […]

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Elite Status Series: Delta Gold Medallion

December 6, 2013

TPG contributor Nick Ewen takes us through the basics of Delta Gold Medallion status – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it. In a prior post, I covered the ins and outs of Delta’s lowest tier of elite status: Silver Medallion. Just getting any level of status with […]

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Buy Delta MQMs to Reach Or Maintain Your Status for 2014

December 5, 2013

Seeing as we have only a few more weeks until we ring in 2014, that means many people are making that last mad, desperate dash for elite status re-qualification. I’m getting tons of emails and tweets asking for help trying to hit the next level- or simply maintain what has already been earned. Some calls […]

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Elite Status Series: Delta Silver Medallion

December 3, 2013

TPG contributor Nick Ewen takes us through the basics of Delta Silver Medallion status – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it. As 2013 draws to a close, that can only mean one thing…the end of the elite status-qualifying year is almost upon us! Though I have held […]

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Should I Choose Flying Blue Over SkyMiles In Light Of The Upcoming Delta Changes In 2014?

November 24, 2013

TPG reader Jonathan asked: “I would love to hear your opinion on the relative merits of Flying Blue vs. SkyMiles given the sweeping changes to SkyMiles coming in 2014. I fly about 80,000 miles annually on SkyTeam partners, typically on trips to Africa. I love the free upgrade to Economy Comfort that I get with […]

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Top 13 Ways To Get To The Maldives Using Miles and Points

November 19, 2013

While it might not be the easiest thing to get to the Maldives on miles since there are no direct flights from the US, it is definitely possible to fly there on a variety of airlines via other hubs if you get creative with codeshares and your miles – like I recently did by using […]

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What are the Best Ways to Use Miles for a Last Minute Trip to Paris?

November 17, 2013

TPG Twitter follower Antwoinne is turning 30 and wants to go to Paris: “@thepointsguy do you have any thoughts on best mileage usage to get to Paris on award travel early December? Last minute 30th birthday trip!” Without knowing exactly where Antwoinne is flying from and what class of service he’s interested in, I do […]

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Delta Announces Yet Another Award Chart Devaluation Starting in February

November 11, 2013

Back in August, Delta announced it would be raising the mileage requirements on many of its international awards for flights on or after June 1, 2014, and discontinuing the ability to put awards on hold starting September 1, 2013. It was the latest in a string of customer-unfriendly moves that included cutting award ticket holds, […]

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Saturday Recap: 35% Savings at Starwood, Free 2-Day Shipping for Amex Cardholders, 20% Off United Awards to Europe and More

November 9, 2013

Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week: American Express Partners With ShopRunner For Free 2-Day Shipping: American Express cardmembers can now take advantage of 2 days of free shipping with over 80 online stores with a complimentary ShopRunner membership (valued at $79). You must first go to www.shoprunner.com/americanexpress and […]

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Using Miles To Get To Tahiti

November 7, 2013

The latest IHG PointBreaks list went live last week, meaning there’s a whole new batch of hotels where you can score discount award nights for just 5,000 points. Probably the most exciting property on the list this time around, which is available for bookings through January 31, 2014, is the InterContinental Resort Tahiti, and based […]

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Delta Double Miles and Double MQM Promotion From Seattle

November 6, 2013

Following Delta’s major entry into the Seattle market last year with not only new transcontinental routes but also a slew of transpacific flights that are remaking the airport into a de facto Delta hub, the airline has been going back and forth with the other major carrier operating out of there, Alaska, with a series […]

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FAA Eases Rules on Portable Electronic Device Use in Flights: Changes Could Come As Early As November 1

October 31, 2013

Today the FAA officially approved a measure to allow passengers to use more electronic devices during taxi, takeoff and landing, though each airline will need to follow guidelines and roll the changes out once they are fully prepared. Devices like iPhones, iPads, Kindles, DVD players and headphones may remain on during taxi, takeoff and landing […]

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Delta Elite Upgrade Space No Longer On ExpertFlyer

October 25, 2013

In addition to the ability to set alerts for award seats (and save time and frustrating searches by being able to book an award as soon as it opens up), of the best features of ExpertFlyer is its flight availability tool, which allows you to see the availability of certain paid fare classes and gauge […]

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Current Airline Bonus Miles Promotions – October 2013

October 23, 2013

As 2013 starts winding down, several airlines are offering promotional bonuses for flying a certain amount or on certain routes in order to keep flyers flying and to attract new customers during the approaching holiday season. Here’s a roundup of what’s being offered at the moment. ALASKA Alaska is offering a series of interesting promos […]

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Can I Negotiate Elite Status Based On The Amount Spent On Airfare In A Calendar Year?

October 20, 2013

TPG reader Adam is facing a frustrating situation: “I travel often for work but I have a difficult time reaching higher than Silver on Delta. I fly short distances and two-segment road trips often. Currently I have traveled 42 segments and have accrued 29,000 MQMs (Silver status) and I am not sure if I will […]

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Double Miles On Delta From Seattle To San Francisco, Las Vegas and Los Angeles

October 18, 2013

For the past year or so, Delta has been making an aggressive push into the Seattle market not only with new transcontinental routes there but also a slew of transpacific flights that are making the airport look more and more like a Delta hub. To highlight its new presence, the airline just announced a new […]

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Cheap Airfare to Hawaii: Still Low Fares From PHX, SAN and More

October 15, 2013

Yesterday I wrote about some cheap flights to Honolulu on Delta and United from several cities including Newark, Denver, Houston and Phoenix pricing out as low as $422. While some of these departure cities are no longer available, there are still some available so if you were considering heading to Hawaii book sooner than later. With […]

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Amazing Deal Alert: Roundtrip Flights From US Cities To Honolulu on Delta For $422

October 14, 2013

Looks like Delta is holding an aggressive fare sale from several of United’s hubs to Honolulu this fall and winter with roundtrip prices from several cities including Newark, Denver, Houston and Phoenix pricing out as low as $422. I’m on my way to the airport, so I only had time to do a few searches, […]

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My Chicago Seminars Presentation: Advanced: Credit Card Strategies

October 14, 2013

Another year, another great Chicago Seminars! I once again had a fantastic time in Elk Grove, Illinois (about 20 minutes from O’Hare), meeting and greeting tons of other highly engaged (and slightly obsessed) frequent flyer and points hounds including The Frugal Travel Guy, Rick Ingersoll, and about 550 frequent flyer enthusiasts in attendance and several […]

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Crossing The Pond: How to Make The Most Out Of Flying New York To London

October 14, 2013

Last week, I posted a detailed comparison of transcontinental routes and the benefits that premium flyers can expect when flying each airline from coast-to-coast. One of the other major routes with a huge amount of competition is from New York is to London, and in light of the increased number of flights to London from […]

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Deal Alert: New York to Istanbul from $522 Round-trip

October 9, 2013

Per this Flyertalk thread, there are currently some cheap fares if you’re planning to head to Istanbul early next year. I was able to find fares on Air Canada from New York JFK to Istanbul via Toronto Pearson starting as low as $522 for dates beginning in January 2014 through March 2014, and even further […]

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Boy Takes Trip To Las Vegas On Delta Without Ticket – TSA Blames Government Shutdown

October 7, 2013

One of the big travel stories that came out this morning is about a 9-year-old Minnesota boy who got himself to Minneapolis-St. Paul airport on Thursday, through security, onto a Delta flight and all the way to Las Vegas…without a ticket! He was only caught mid-flight when crew members of Delta flight 1651 realized they […]

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