Does an Airline Credit Card Improve My Upgrade Priority?

TPG reader David sent me a tweet to ask about upgrading on Delta: “Do Delta Reserve cardholders get a higher upgrade priority over other Medallion members?” Upgrades are one of my favorite benefits of airline elite status. I don’t really fit in most economy seats, so having more space is pretty important to me, especially on longer flights. But no matter…

Lufthansa Flyers Can Now Upgrade With Cash

Lufthansa’s making it much easier for travelers to upgrade to premium economy, business and first class in 2016 on the carrier’s long-haul international flights. Passengers can now pay cash to upgrade to the next class of service on select routes. The best part: Flyers in all classes, including economy, can pay a flat fee based on the route to upgrade…

When Should I Use United Regional Premier Upgrades?

TPG reader Neel sent me a message on Facebook to ask about upgrades on United: “I have United Platinum status; since I get put on the upgrade list automatically for all domestic flights, when is the best time to use my Regional Premier Upgrades?” Upgrades are one of the prime motivations for earning airline status, as frequent flyers can get premium service…

Do Flight Awards or Upgrades Offer Better Value for Miles?

TPG reader Andre sent me a message on Facebook to ask about the value of upgrade awards: “I’m looking to fly Transatlantic in business class on a Star Alliance airline (I have both United and Aeroplan miles). Will I get better value by paying for the entire flight with miles, or by purchasing an economy ticket and using miles to upgrade?”…

Can I Use Miles to Upgrade on Partner Airlines?

TPG reader Gary tweeted to ask about upgrade awards on Oneworld partner airlines: @ThePointsGuy — “Can I upgrade my seat on a Qatar flight using AAdvantage miles?” I tend to use frequent flyer miles for first and business class awards, partly because those redemptions offer great value, but also because a premium seat makes a huge difference on longer flights. However, there are opportunities…

American Cancels Order for New 777-200 Business-Class Seat

American Airlines has been in the process of upgrading its long-haul fleet, giving the aircraft a refreshed look and passengers a more comfortable flight (with the exception of 10-across in the 777-300ER). We have known for years that the airline would be taking new deliveries of Boeing 787s and 777-300ERs, as well as retrofitting other planes with…

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…