Should I Get the Delta Platinum Amex or the Starwood Amex?

TPG reader Mike sent me a message on Facebook to ask: “I currently have the Gold Delta SkyMiles Card from American Express, and have been offered an upgrade to the Platinum Delta SkyMiles Card. I’m a bit apprehensive due to the lack of transparency Delta now has regarding its award travel structure. I’m also a Platinum member with SPG, but don’t have…

Delta Checked Baggage Guarantee: 20 Minutes or 2,500 SkyMiles

No one likes waiting for checked baggage after a long flight. Alaska Airlines has long offered a baggage service guarantee, offering a $25 voucher or 2,500 miles if your baggage isn’t at the carousel within 20 minutes of your plane’s arrival at the gate—and now it looks like Delta Air Lines wants in on this action. Starting today, Delta is offering their…

Discounted 10,000 SkyMiles Redemptions Each-Way to Florida

Now through January 23, 2015, Delta is running a limited-time award travel sale which means discounted 10,000 SkyMiles redemptions each-way to Florida. Delta Medallions and Delta credit cardholders including those with the Delta SkyMiles American Express Gold card can take advantage of this pre-sale, which is valid on Delta economy one-way flights for travel on select dates between February 12,…

Top Airline Credit Cards that Waive Checked Bags Fees

One of the top money-saving perks offered by many airline co-branded credit cards is the ability to check a bag (or several) for free. This one benefit can end up saving hundreds of dollars per trip depending on the credit card and how many bags you can check. Though it seems like a fairly obvious benefit, many basic…

How to Avoid Checked Baggage Fees on Major Domestic Carriers

A key component of maximizing your travel is learning to avoid the extra “gotcha” fees, which can add up quickly. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen offers tips for one of the most ubiquitous hidden costs, checked bag fees. Happy New Year! If 2014 is any indication of what’s to come in 2015 with regard to airline…

Five Travel Credit Card New Year’s Resolutions

New offer: The IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card is a great way to pad your IHG balance with 70,000 points after $1,000 spent within the first 3 months. A new year means new opportunities to maximize your credit card spending and the points and miles it offers. Today, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen shares his list of the New Year’s resolutions…

Last Chance For Elite Status, Bonus Marriott and Club Carlson Points

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  Reminder: Just a Few More Days To Qualify For Elite Status You have until December 31, 2014 to qualify for airline or hotel elite status for 2015. If you find yourself short, you still have a couple of days…

What Is Delta Air Lines Medallion Elite Status Worth?

As the year winds down and the scramble for elite status revs up, many frequent flyers are having to decide just how much they value elite benefits. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at Delta Medallion status, and sets out to quantify each benefit in order to make those decisions easier. Last week,…

50,000 SkyMiles Sign-Up Bonus for Amex Delta Gold Card

American Express has launched limited time signup bonus offers of 50,000 Delta SkyMiles and a $50 statement credit on their Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card and their Business Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card. The signup bonuses for these cards are normally 30,000-35,000 SkyMiles, so the present offer for these is substantially better. These offer will be available until December 21, 2014. Here are more details of the present offers:…