Is Saver Level Award Availability Improving or Disappearing?

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 looks again at several routes where low-level awards are scarce, to see if conditions have improved. Two months ago,…

Which Airline Has the Best Lie-Flat Transcontinental Seats?

TPG reader Nicholas tweeted me to ask @thepointsguy—”Which airline has the best lie-flat transcontinental product?” The top contenders are for best lie-flat on transcontinental flights are American, United, Delta, and JetBlue. I’ve flown all four, and I think my favorite may surprise you. Here are the dimensions of the lie-flat seats you’ll find on transcontinental flights with each of…

Should I Upgrade from Gold Delta Amex to Delta Reserve Card?

TPG reader Rob sent me this question on Facebook: “I’m currently a Delta Diamond Medallion member with a Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express. I’m trying to determine whether upgrading to the Delta Reserve Credit Card is worth the additional $350. I’ve asked dozens of people and received as many different opinions. What do you think?” My answer to…

1,000 Hilton HHonors Points, Bonus Aeroplan Miles and More

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: Chef Michelle Bernstein to Create Miami Centurion Lounge Menu The fifth Amex Centurion Lounge will be opening in the North Terminal of Miami International Airport (MIA) this summer. Chef Michelle Bernstein (who has also worked with Delta) will create menu items…

Deal Alert: Business Class to Brazil for $1550 R/T

You can fly roundtrip from several cities in the United States to Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo, Brazil in American or Delta Business class for about $1550. While, not as cheap as the Business Class Washington Dulles- Beijing $462 R/T , these are certainly still cheap prices and it seems like both airlines are hoping…

Earning Miles with Airline Business Frequent Flyer Programs

Today TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains airline business loyalty programs, and how you can benefit by signing up. Most points and miles enthusiasts know the names of domestic airline loyalty programs. SkyMiles, AAdvantage, MileagePlus, and Rapid Rewards are like the ABC’s of award travel, but I’d bet that most of you are less familiar with SkyBonus, Business Extra, PerksPlus, and SWABIZ….

10 Airline Mobile Apps that Make Travel Easier

Airline schedules and travel plans aren’t set in stone, and any tool that gives you flexibility on the go can be a huge help. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at which airline apps are making it to easier to update your itinerary, access flight information, and more when you’re away from home. In my travels, I find one of the…

Will United Follow Delta’s Lead and Devalue Miles Again?

TPG reader Jason tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”We’ve seen Delta devalue SkyMiles lately, should I be concerned as a United 1K flyer that United will follow?” Jason asks a very valid question, considering that United mimics pretty much everything Delta does. When Delta announced plans for a revenue-based program, United basically copied and pasted the entire plan. United went…

Changes to Delta / Alaska Partnership Starting April 1st

Earlier this week, Delta announced some changes to the SkyMiles program, including the introduction of one-way awards for 10,000 miles on select routes, and the ability to earn Medallion Qualifying Dollars on partner airlines. One negative change included in this announcement pertains to earning Medallion Qualifying Dollars while flying Alaska Airlines. Alaska Airlines was previously a Group 1 partner airline with…

How to Handle Last-Minute Aircraft Equipment Swaps

Even the best laid travel plans can be undone by an aircraft equipment change. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how to avoid these unexpected swaps, and what to do when it happens to your flight. If you follow TPG on Instagram, you may recall the last-minute equipment swap he encountered flying…