Comparing Premium Transcontinental Service Across Carriers

All the major US-based airlines offer premium-cabin products for flights across the country, but not all of them are created equal. To help you find the best seat on your next coast-to-coast itinerary, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele sizes up the various options. Did you know that the flight from Boston to…

Should You Choose a Low-Cost Carrier Over a Major Airline?

Thanks to JetBlue’s Mint class, Virgin America’s innovative first class and potential improvements to Southwest’s offerings, smaller US carriers are starting to look a lot more appealing. In light of this, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele takes a look at which airlines are best for which travelers. Like many people, I grew up…

How to Earn and Maximize 100,000 Delta Miles

While Delta SkyMiles are sometimes not-so-lovingly referred to as Sky Pesos, you can still get plenty of value from these rewards with a little savvy and planning. To help show you how, TPG Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr demonstrates various ways to earn and then use 100,000 SkyMiles. There hasn’t been a lot of…

Book Delta Award Flights Starting at 5,500 Miles Each Way

Delta is having an award sale on one-way flights within the continental US. The redemptions start at 5,500 miles each way plus taxes and fees. You must purchase your ticket by June 7 for travel between August 23 and November 16, 2016 — the week of September 1-8 is not included in the sale. You must book your…

Do Airline Credit Cards Pair Well with Transferable Points?

TPG reader Logan sent me a message on Facebook to ask about airline credit cards: “What are your views on using the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card in tandem with the British Airways Visa? Does it make sense to have both?” It’s important to have a credit card strategy that matches your award travel goals. I often…

Airlines Collected Over $3.8 Billion in Baggage Fees in 2015

After topping $1 billion for the first quarter ever in Q3 2015, US-based airline baggage fees dropped to “just” $958 million in the 4th quarter of 2015. However, for the full year of 2015, airlines reported over $3.8 billion in revenue from baggage fees — the most reported in any year. Here’s the list of the airlines that collected the…

Review: Delta 737-800 Economy — Las Vegas to New York (JFK)

TPG Contributor Matt Zuzolo recently flew from Las Vegas (LAS) to New York (JFK) in economy on Delta’s 737-800 aircraft. Here’s his review of the experience. (All photos are by the author). Las Vegas flights are among the most competitive routes in the skies, with every major carrier offering some degree of service to Sin City — in New York City, for instance, there…

What’s the Highest Sign-Up Bonus for the Gold Delta Amex?

TPG reader Chelsea sent me a message on Facebook to ask about sign-up bonuses: “What is the highest bonus you’ve seen for the Gold Delta Amex? I’ve been a cardholder for 15 years, but I want my fiancé to sign up as we get ready to book our honeymoon. Every mile counts, so I’d love for him to get…

Will I Earn Elite Credits When I Pay with Miles on Delta?

TPG reader Daniel sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning elite credits on Delta: “Will I earn elite credits when I use Pay with Miles to buy a Delta ticket?” Award flights generally don’t earn miles or elite credits, which is one reason why you may be better off paying cash for airfare when prices are…