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…

4 Steps to Maximize Starwood Crossover Rewards with Delta

When it comes to award travel, there are plenty of brand partnerships to leverage. One of the most lucrative options is Starwood’s Crossover Rewards, which awards SPG elites perks when traveling on Delta and Delta elites benefits for staying at its properties. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen shows you how to…

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…

Can I Stack MQMs from Spending on Multiple Delta Amex Cards?

TPG reader Kevin sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning Delta Medallion status: “I have a Platinum Delta SkyMiles card, and I’ve passed both thresholds to earn bonus Medallion miles. Can I get another Delta card to earn even more elite miles, and if so, is that a good strategy?” Several airlines offer paths to elite…

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…

The 8 Best Cards for Flying Delta

With so many great travel rewards cards out there, it can be a challenge to find the one that best meets your needs. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Jason Steele takes a look at the best options for travelers who frequently fly Delta. If there’s one airline that’s the most closely tied to…

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…

Top 10 Airport Lounges in the US and How You Can Get In

Being able to access an airport lounge can make all the difference when you’re traveling, thanks to free drinks, snacks, Wi-Fi (and thus a little extra time for productivity) and a few moments away from the hectic main terminal. Unfortunately, most airport lounges in the US aren’t much more than dreary way stations little better…

What is Airline Elite Status Worth in 2016?

If you’re working toward elite status with an airline this year, it helps to know exactly how much value you’ll get for your hard-earned money. To help make the calculation easier, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen compares the various levels of status across the top US-based airlines. Over the last few weeks,…

Get Airport Lounge Access with These 6 Cards

Don’t spend hundreds of dollars on airport lounge membership; select credit cards offer access — or even membership — to lounges among their benefits. Below, TPG Points & Miles Contributor Richard Kerr takes a look at some top card options that will have you waiting out your time at the airport in comfort. Traveling today is…