SunTrust Devaluing Delta Debit Card on July 25

Any time I hear that SkyMiles is in the news I brace for the worst. And for me, this is it. Following the industry trend to eliminate opportunities to earn miles through regular bank transactions, SunTrust has announced drastic changes to its Delta debit card. Effective July 25, 2015, the program will undergo major changes to…

How to Book Award Flights with 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, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains how to use your Delta SkyMiles to book the flights you want. Do you ever have trouble using your miles to book…

Is Sapphire Preferred and Amex Platinum the Best Card Combo?

TPG reader Mark tweeted me to ask about his rewards card strategy: @thepointsguy– “I currently have an American Express Platinum card and a Delta Amex Gold, which are the only cards I carry. Should I swap out the Delta Gold card for a Chase Sapphire Preferred, since I’m not flying Delta as much?” Mark, what you’re…

Delta Extends New Bags On Time Guarantee Indefinitely

Earlier this year, Delta introduced a checked bag guarantee program for a limited trial period. The program was set to expire on March 31, but Delta has now confirmed that the program will become a permanent fixture. Delta spokesperson Morgan Durrant noted that, “customer response was positive and our employees are rallying to achieve the 20-minute mark,” so it seems as…

What Are Points & Miles Worth? March Monthly Valuations

You can view all posts in the Monthly Valuation Series here. One of the questions I’m asked most often is “how much is a point or mile worth?” That question varies from person to person and depends on how well you can maximize a particular currency for your needs. Still, some points are worth more than others. To give readers—both…

Should I Upgrade from Gold Delta Amex to Delta Reserve Card?

TPG reader Rob sent me this question on Facebook: “I’m currently a Delta Diamond Medallion member with a Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express. I’m trying to determine whether upgrading to the Delta Reserve Credit Card is worth the additional $350. I’ve asked dozens of people and received as many different opinions. What do you think?” My answer to…

British Airways Visa Bonus Categories Changing in May

Chase is notifying British Airways Visa Signature cardholders by letter of an upcoming change to its bonus earning categories. The card currently offers 2.5 Avios per dollar spent with British Airways, and 1.25 Avios per dollar spent elsewhere, but as of April 30, 2015, cardholders will instead receive 3 points per dollar on British Airways, and only 1 point per dollar…

Where Should You Credit Delta Air Lines Flights?

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 Steele looks at some options for getting the most out of your future flights with Delta. Last month, I looked at which frequent flyer programs offer good alternatives for crediting flights on…