Flight Review: British Airways A380 Club World — Washington, DC to London

During a recent transatlantic trip, new TPG Contributor Eduardo Garcia had a chance to upgrade to Club World on British Airways’ newest A380 by converting American Express Membership Rewards points to British Airways Avios. Here’s his review of the experience. I recently flew British Airways from Washington-Dulles (IAD) to London-Heathrow (LHR) in the airline’s Club World business-class cabin aboard the A380. While…

How to Upgrade with Miles on AA, Delta, United and Alaska

Even if you don’t have enough miles to cover a premium award ticket outright, you may be able to access first and business class through other means. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr looks at alternative options for using miles to sit up front on several domestic carriers. We all want to get more for less. That’s often my…

What’s the Best Hotel Upgrade You’ve Ever Received?

TPG reader Sara messaged me to ask about my experience with hotel upgrades: “What’s the best suite you’ve ever received as a complimentary upgrade? I got upgraded to the Presidential Suite at the Sheraton San Diego last week, and was wondering if you’ve had similar upgrades in the past?” I’ve had elite status from many…

Delta’s New Mileage Upgrade Award Charts Leaked

Yesterday I posted about the further obfuscation of the SkyMiles program after Delta announced that starting June 1, 2016, the number of miles needed will change based on destination, demand and other dynamics. Delta also announced that it will increase the number of miles needed for upgrade awards and add more eligible fare classes, though there was no description of what these mileage upgrades…

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…