Most Exciting New Airline Routes To Fly In 2015

As 2015 is only a few days away, a new year means new airline routes to fly, so we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to take a look into upcoming airline schedules and round up a few of the most exciting. Airline routes and frequencies change all the time, and while that can be…

Will MQDs Count Toward 2014 if I Buy Now and Fly Next Year?

TPG reader Milagros sent me a message on Facebook asking: “If I buy a ticket today (in 2014) for a flight in January 2015, do those MQDs count toward 2014 or 2015?”  In 2014 Delta instituted a Medallion Qualifying Dollar program, which means that you need to spend a certain amount on Delta ticketed flights in…

Delta Pay With Miles Tickets Will Now Earn SkyMiles in 2015

Amidst a snowstorm of negative changes to the Delta SkyMiles program in 2015, one good flurry has appeared from out of the clear blue sky. Historically, only first and business class tickets booked with Delta Pay With Miles—a payment option that allows Delta SkyMiles Amex cardholders (e.g., the Gold and Reserve versions) to redeem SkyMiles for all or part of…

What Is Delta Air Lines Medallion Elite Status Worth?

As the year winds down and the scramble for elite status revs up, many frequent flyers are having to decide just how much they value elite benefits. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at Delta Medallion status, and sets out to quantify each benefit in order to make those decisions easier. Last week,…

Delta Baggage Handler Arrested for Gun Smuggling on Planes

The TSA has a long list of items you can’t bring aboard a plane, such as sharp objects, explosives and firearms, but apparently, a Delta baggage handler and a former co-worker at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) didn’t get the last part of this message. According to an affidavit released December 19, 2014, both men have been arrested by federal agents on allegations…

Last-Minute Holiday Award Flights – Still Time To Book!

 Haven’t made any holiday plans yet? Even if you dream of flying somewhere far-flung, there is still time to book some last-minute awards this holiday season, so we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to do a quick search of the options. Here is what he found. The holidays are the busiest travel time of…

Do Delta Medallion Qualifying Dollars (MQDs) Roll Over?

TPG reader Jim emailed me to ask: “Do Delta Medallion Qualifying Dollars (MQDs) roll over? I’ve already qualified for 2015 Diamond Status. I have 140K MQMs and $17,000 in spending. The 15,000 MQMs roll over; what about the extra $4500?” One of the unique aspects of the Delta SkyMiles program is that you can roll over…

Can Alaska Compete with Delta for the Seattle Market?

TPG reader Dale sent me a message on Facebook to ask: “When can we expect Alaska to make a bold move to slow down Delta’s efforts here in Seattle market ? So far, they have not lit the fire!”  I love to watch airlines duke it out for control. With so many mergers these days, it’s…

Bonus SkyMiles & AAdvantage Miles, Alaska’s Beyond Comfort

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  Alaska Introduces New Flight Experience “Alaska Beyond” Alaska is amping up their in-flight service with the launch of Alaska Beyond. First off, the planes feature new leather seats with six-way adjustable headrests. My favorite new addition is personal power outlets at…

SkyTeam Rolls Out SkyPriority Services & Fast-Track Security

SkyTeam has officially completed the rollout of SkyPriority services at over 1,000 airports worldwide, making benefits available to Elite Plus flyers as well as those flying first or business class on all member airlines. SkyPriority offers services like priority check-in and boarding that (at least in theory) will make your airport experience a little easier. SkyTeam has also announced…