Top Travel Rewards Cards, American Introduces Premium Economy Cabin & More

Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:…

Will I Earn Elite Qualifying Dollars for My Entire Fare?

TPG reader Shannon sent me a message on Facebook to ask about Delta’s revenue requirements: “I seem to be missing MQDs from my recent Delta flight to Paris, as only a portion of my fare is being counted. I’m close to qualifying for Platinum Medallion status, so I want to make sure I’m not being…

Buy MQMs to Earn Delta Medallion Status for 2016

As the new year approaches, many travelers are still flying those last few flights that’ll net them elite status for 2016. Of course, with just a month left in the year, some simply won’t be able to earn those remaining miles to reach status via the traditional method of flying (unless of course you’re interested in a grueling mileage…

Does My Airline Elite Status Come with Lounge Access?

TPG reader Lydia sent me a message on Facebook to ask about lounge access: “I will soon reach AAdvantage Platinum status and wanted to make sure I understand the benefits. Will I get access to the Admirals Club or other lounges?” I’m a big fan of the AAdvantage program and I’ve found plenty of reasons to love Executive Platinum status…

How Can I Earn Points for the Southwest Companion Pass?

TPG reader Mercedes sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning the Southwest Companion Pass: “I’m about 23,000 points away from earning the Companion Pass this year. I was thinking about buying ink cartridges through Rapid Rewards online shopping (to earn a bonus of 20 points per dollar), or maybe taking a quick…

How You’ll Earn Elite-Qualifying Miles on AA’s Partners in 2016

In 2015, your elite-qualifying mile (EQM) earnings for economy flights could vary significantly between American Airlines partners. This is changing in 2016! The AAdvantage program will now treat partners somewhat equally when it comes to earning EQMs. TPG Contributor JT Genter digs into the new charts to let you know what this could mean for your 2016 elite qualification. We are…

Delta Economy Comfort+ Changes: Booking, Upgrades, Awards and More

Back in December 2014, Delta announced some cabin overhauls, including the rebranding of BusinessElite to Delta One, a revamp of its domestic first-class product, and the rebranding of Economy Comfort to a new premium-economy product it would be calling Comfort+. While this change mostly amounted to new seat covers, there are still some practical effects…

Will My Delta MQMs Roll Over to the Following Year?

TPG reader Leon emailed to ask about earning Delta Medallion status: “Will I lose my MQMs if I fail to reach Silver Elite status, or will Delta roll them over to the following calendar year?” While the SkyMiles program hasn’t done itself many favors during the past few years, there are some things Delta gets right. Among them, the airline deserves praise for allowing…

Last-Minute Elite Status Strategy in 2015: United MileagePlus Premier

It’s that time of year again. As the clock winds down on 2015, many flyers’ attention turns to qualifying or requalifying for elite status. This week, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen covers the elite-status programs of the three major legacy carriers in the US and shows you how to rack up those last-minute miles before…

Last-Minute Elite Status Strategy in 2015: Delta Medallion

It’s that time of year again. As the clock winds down on 2015, many flyers’ attention turns to qualifying or requalifying for elite status. This week, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen covers the elite-status programs of the three major legacy carriers in the US, and shows you how to rack up those last-minute miles before…