Should I Upgrade to Delta Comfort+ Between NYC & Chicago?

TPG reader Craig tweeted me to ask a question about Delta Comfort+: @thepointsguy – “Is it worth the $29 to upgrade from Economy to Delta Comfort+ from NYC to Chicago?” If you’re trying to save money, then no. It’s a short flight, so if you aren’t very tall, just bring your own entertainment and don’t bother with the…

How to Use Domestic Upgrade Awards on AA, United & Delta

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains how you can get good value (and great legroom) out of your miles by using them to upgrade your next domestic flight. We tend to focus on full award redemptions here at The Points Guy. However, if you’re a casual traveler without huge balances in…

Do Delta Elites Get Upgrades on Transcontinental Flights?

TPG reader Alyssa messaged me to ask about Delta upgrades: “What’s the deal with Delta upgrades on transcontinental flights? Do Diamond or Platinum Medallions get upgraded anymore?” Sadly, the official answer is no. As of December 2013, Delta no longer offers complimentary upgrades to Diamond or Platinum Medallion members on premium transcontinental Delta One flights. I typically…

4 Sweet Spots in the Delta SkyMiles Upgrade Award Chart

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 While Delta tends to offer a quality product, its frequent flyer program has been much maligned recently. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains…

Saving with The Hotel Collection and Amex Premier Rewards Gold

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how you can maximize your next hotel experience by using this relatively unknown American Express hotel program. One of the less talked-about Amex benefits is The Hotel Collection, which offers perks such as room upgrades and hotel credits when you book a room through Amex Travel. Much like the Visa Signature…

Can I Sell My Delta Upgrades In the Gate Area Before Flying?

TPG reader Keith recently tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy – “I’m a Delta Diamond and get upgraded frequently on domestic routes, and was wondering if I could try and sell my upgrades to coach passengers at the gate?” Keith, you could try this, but I see a lot of opportunity for disaster. The airline could easily find out that…

Can I Get Amex Fine Hotels Benefits for Multiple Rooms?

TPG reader Ben tweeted me to ask about the Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts program: @thepointsguy– “If I book multiple rooms via Amex FHR, will each room get complimentary upgrades if they’re available, or only the cardholder’s room?” American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts is an amazing program if you know how to maximize it….

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…

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

United 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 United. Traveling in itself is a wonderful thing. Traveling in…