Maximizing Delta’s Award Routing Rules

Back in January, Delta quietly raised award redemption rates for partner flights starting October 1. On the positive side, the airline introduced discounted awards of just 5,000 miles each way on certain routes last year, and axed its phone booking fees. With those changes and more to contend with, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes…

Delta Expands Global Upgrade Eligibility on KLM Flights

Delta’s Choice Benefits are among the most lucrative frequent flyer perks out there for those with Delta Diamond Medallion status, with Global Upgrade certificates being one of the best options — this Choice Benefit offers an upgrade on select tickets that supersedes other Medallion members with complimentary upgrade requests. Typically, people will use them on flights operated by…

Get Free Lounge Access and Other Perks with an Alitalia Status Match

Great news for non-SkyTeam flyers: Another foreign carrier has a status match opportunity for you this month. Earlier this year, Oneworld partner AirBerlin offered a status match to SkyTeam, Star Alliance and other elites, including perks like lounge access and priority lines on American Airlines flights. Alitalia is the the latest airline to get in on the status…

How to Search for SkyTeam Award Availability

We get a lot of readers asking about the best strategies for searching for airline awards. So we asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to put together a guide of helpful hints for finding awards on SkyTeam carriers, including the websites to use, tips for finding routes or carriers with better award availability and more….

How to Leverage Elite Status with Airline Alliances

From premier access and priority boarding to finger foods in luxe airport lounges, elite status can make a big difference in your airport experience. Today, TPG Contributor William Morse looks at the elite benefits offered by the three major airline alliances, along with how to earn status in each one. We’re all familiar with American, Delta and United…

Deal Alert: Business Class To Europe This Summer For Under $2,000

Summer tends to be a slow time for international business class travel to Europe, and we’ve already seen some pretty great deals from the US, including airfares that you could get down to around $1,200 per person from New York-Paris on Oneworld. Now Delta seems to be offering some low fares out of various US…

Delta Adds Blackout Dates To Partner Award Redemptions

Booking awards using frequent-flyer miles is tricky under the best of circumstances. You have to look at availability over a range of dates, familiarize yourself with the routes of an airline and its partners, and generally employ a fair amount of strategy in order to hone in on the award you want. While award availability…

How to Book Award Flights with Delta SkyMiles

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Delta Gold and Platinum cards are no longer available. View the current offers here: Gold Delta SkyMiles Personal, Gold Delta SkyMiles Business, Platinum Delta SkyMiles. Earning points and miles is the surprisingly easy part of award travel; it’s learning how to maximize value when redeeming that takes practice. In this post,…

Where Should You Credit Delta Air Lines Flights?

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Delta Gold and Platinum cards are no longer available. View the current offers here: Gold Delta SkyMiles Personal, Gold Delta SkyMiles Business, Platinum Delta SkyMiles. Now that Delta has switched to revenue-based earning, a lot of SkyMiles members are seeing fewer miles being credited to their accounts. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason…

How to Maximize Miles with Alliances and Airline Partners

Freqeunt flyer miles would be a lot less interesting if you could only use them on one airline. Fortunately, that’s not the case, and today TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how you can use airline partners for award flights just about anywhere you want to go. Most frequent flyers have heard of the major airline alliances: SkyTeam, Oneworld,…