Flight Review: Delta Air Lines 767 Business Class, JFK – Nice

Last week, I had to be in Monaco for a few days (to accept an award on behalf of a youth group in Ghana that won Peace Jam’s One Billion Acts of Peace Service Project of the Year, and to attend the Monaco International TV and Film Festival) and was glad to find a last-minute seat in business class aboard Delta’s Boeing…

How to Earn Delta Medallion Elite Status Without Flying

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card, Business Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card, Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card Earning elite status with airlines can pay off handsomely (especially at the higher tiers), but it usually requires a lot of revenue flying. Today, TPG Senior Points &…

Shortcuts to Earning Elite Status with Airline Credit Cards

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here –Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card As someone who flies American Airlines all the time, I really value my AAdvantage Executive Platinum status. Airline elite status can make your trip smoother, more comfortable and even less expensive, so there are plenty of reasons…

Will I Earn Elite Status for Citi ThankYou Hotel Bookings?

TPG reader Tony messaged me to ask a question about Citi ThankYou Rewards: “Do you know if the hotel nights booked using Citi ThankYou points are eligible for elite night accrual in hotel programs?” Using Citi ThankYou points for hotels can be a good value, especially if you have the Citi Prestige card, which offers the…

9 Tips to Save on Baggage Fees

Baggage fees can add up quickly — if you’re not careful, you can wind up with a big bill at check-in. Today, TPG Contributor Matthew Zuzolo looks at some tricks to take a load off your mind and save on extra baggage fees. 1. Get a credit card with related benefits. There are a few credit cards available that offer annual…

Is It Worth Paying $499 To Boost Up To AA Gold Elite Status?

TPG reader Kyle tweeted me with this question: @thepointsguy– “Is it worth paying $499 to boost up to American Airlines Gold Status? I just received a targeted offer but I’m not sure if I should use it.” Elite status is getting pretty watered down these days, especially at the lower tiers. Instead of giving lower-tier elite members free…

11 Reasons to Love AAdvantage and Executive Platinum Status

It’s no secret that I’m an American Airlines loyalist. Living in Miami, American is the obvious choice, but beyond that I think AAdvantage elite status is incredibly valuable even if you don’t live in a hub city. I value Executive Platinum status well above the top-tier equivalent with United or Delta, and I feel the same about…

IHG Rewards Club Changes: New Elite Level, Points Expiration

IHG Rewards Club has announced a slew of changes that will go into effect starting in July (for elite status) and through May 2016 (points expiration) that are more in line with what the program says its members are looking for. As a reminder, IHG Rewards Club was formerly known as Priority Club, and is…

Should I Earn AAdvantage Elite Qualifying Miles or Points?

TPG reader Max had this question about earning status on American Airlines: “What’s the difference between American elite-qualifying miles versus points?” The recent merger of US Airways Dividend Miles into American Airlines AAdvantage has created a lot of changes for flyers, including how elite upgrades work. There are no more freebies for Silver, Gold and Platinum Dividend…

Alaska 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 Alaska Airlines. Traveling in itself is a wonderful thing. Traveling in…