What is Delta Airlines Elite Status Worth in 2016?

With a new year comes a fresh slate for working toward airline elite status, and if you’re just getting started, you may be wondering which program will get you the most value. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen analyzes the various elite levels of the Delta Medallion program, assigning a dollar amount to…

Launching TPGtv Season 1, Episode 1: Flying Delta Business Class to Africa for 90k Miles and $5.60

As you may have heard, TPGtv launches today! So, what is TPGtv? For starters, it’s not like your average TV show — this is me taking the blog you’ve been reading on your computer screen and bringing it to life. Season 1 starts with this epic trip I took to Africa back in September where…

Credit Cards That Get You Elite-Like Airline Benefits

Maybe you failed to qualify for your airline’s elite status this year? Or perhaps you occasionally need to travel on carriers that you don’t hold elite status with? Don’t worry; TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele is here to show you how the right credit card can offer you many of the same benefits that come along elite…

Travel Credit Card Resolutions for 2016

With a new year comes new opportunities to maximize your points and miles … if you’re savvy about the credit cards you carry and their benefits. TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen shares this handy list of the New Year’s resolutions everyone should consider to maximize their credit cards and the travel rewards they can reap…

How to Get Airline Elite Status Quickly in 2016

As we start a new year, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen offers tips and advice on earning airline elite status quickly in 2016. When it comes to airline elite status, the landscape in 2016 is going to look a lot different than in previous years. Delta and United made enormous changes to their award-mileage and…

8 Credit Card Perks to Work Toward in 2016

Ready for a fresh start? Now that it’s 2016, it’s time to start working on your points and miles strategy. Of course, credit cards can play a huge role in helping you redeem some great travel awards. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen is here to help you see which cards can get…

Airlines Collected More Than $1 Billion in Baggage Fees in Q3 2015

This week, the Department of Transportation released baggage fee revenue for Q3 2015. For the first quarter ever, baggage fees collected by US-based airlines topped $1 billion. The ~$1,018,892,000 in baggage fees collected during the quarter is more than a $59 million (6%) increase from the previous high-water mark set in the third quarter of 2014. American Airlines — now combined with US…

How To Use The CardMatch Tool to Get Even Better Sign-Up Offers

Every so often, targeted credit card sign-up bonus offers come around that can be much higher than the available public offers on the same cards. One of the best places to look for these offers is through the CreditCards.com CardMatch Tool. CardMatch allows you you to see if there are any special credit card offers targeted specifically to you,…

17 Tips for Earning, Burning and Flying with Delta

Whether you frequently travel with Delta or simply have a few flights scheduled on the airline, it helps to know the SkyMiles program’s rules so you can use them to your advantage. TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele goes through 17 of the top tips for earning and redeeming miles and booking award…

Credit Cards That Get You Free Checked Baggage

Checking a bag doesn’t have to cost you. As TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele explains, there are plenty of credit card options (for a variety of airlines) that entitle you — and even your travel companions — to one free checked bag. Most US airlines introduced checked bag fees in 2008, supposedly as…