Can I Earn Miles When I Get Rebooked on Another Carrier?

TPG reader Allisa sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning miles: “My family booked a trip to Hawaii on United, but at check-in we were rebooked on Delta. That worked out fine since our original flight was delayed, but we didn’t earn any miles or elite credits for the Delta leg. Should I be able to get credit for that flight?” Delays, cancellations…

Does Alliance Elite Status Give Me Status with Each Airline?

TPG reader Creighton sent me a message on Facebook to ask about airline elite benefits: “I have Cathay Pacific Silver status, which earns me Oneworld Ruby status. Since AAdvantage Gold also corresponds to Oneworld Ruby, can I use my Cathay Pacific status to get AAdvantage Gold?” Airline alliances can help you maximize travel by giving you access to rewards across a…

Which United Club Lounges Are Most Worth a Visit?

TPG reader Kai sent me a message on Facebook to ask about United Airlines lounges: “I have a United Club pass that expires at the end of the year. The ones I’ve been to at EWR and JFK were not particularly impressive. Which ones are your favorites? I’m not expecting Centurion Lounge features, but I’d like…

Does the Amex Platinum Companion Fare Offer a Good Deal?

TPG reader Eric sent me a message on Facebook to ask about Amex Platinum benefits: “I’m curious about the first/business class companion fare on Amex Platinum. I haven’t heard much about it; can you expound on whether this is worthwhile?” There have been a lot of questions in the past few weeks about the Platinum Card from American…

Is Elite Status Worth Being Loyal to a Single Airline?

TPG reader Josh sent me a message on Facebook to ask about being a frequent flyer: “I love to travel abroad and always try to fly United, but other airlines seem like better options for a few big trips I’m planning. I also haven’t been able to accrue as many United miles as I would like…

How Can I Earn a Small Number of Points or Miles Quickly?

TPG reader Jeffrey sent me a message on Facebook to ask about easy ways to earn rewards: “Do you have any ideas for how I can earn 2,000 British Airways Avios quickly and easily?” Coming up just short of an award redemption can be frustrating (and costly if it means missing out on good flight or hotel availability). While…

What’s the Best Credit Card for Earning Delta SkyMiles?

TPG reader Garrett sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning Delta SkyMiles: “I’ve been an avid Delta Gold Amex cardholder for a while now, since I fly Delta almost exclusively. I know you’re a big fan of the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, but is it worth getting even though I can’t transfer those points to my SkyMiles account?”…

Should Overhead Bin Space Be Assigned to Individual Seats?

TPG reader Peter sent me a tweet to ask about carry-on luggage: “Do you think overhead bin slots should be assigned to seats?” Boarding a commercial flight in the US sometimes reminds me of the Oklahoma land rush, since the competition to stake a claim to overhead bin space can be fast and fierce. To avoid checked bag fees, many…

Which Points Should I Use to Travel in the Hawaiian Islands?

TPG reader Nick sent me a tweet to ask about traveling in Hawaii: “Would it make sense to transfer Starpoints to Hawaiian Airlines for interisland travel?” I think Hawaii is one travel destination that really lives up to the hype. Each island has a lot to offer, and if you’ve got time to spare, it’s worth…

Can I Earn Bonuses for Different Amex Platinum Cards?

TPG reader Vishal sent me a message on Facebook to ask about Amex cards: “Is the Mercedes-Benz Amex Platinum card considered the same product as the regular Platinum card? Can I earn a sign-up bonus for each one, and do they have the same benefits?” Most credit card issuers have application restrictions that limit how many accounts you can…