Great News for Delta Mileage Runners: Vietnamese Airlines Can Now Fly to the US

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

Vietnam Airlines voiced its support for a nonstop flight to Los Angeles (LAX) back in 2016. The only problem? International carriers need the Federal Aviation Administration’s blessing to fly from their home nation into the United States. This week the FAA announced that “Vietnam complies with international safety standards and has been granted a Category 1 …

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Delta’s Upgrade with Miles Earns MQM Bonus — Here’s How it Works

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

In late 2018, Delta CEO Ed Bastian got his wish as SkyMiles seat upgrades went live. He’s been on a steady march to give Delta passengers more ways to burn their miles, though many of those offer a poor value compared to exchanging SkyMiles for a free award seat. I’ve seen Delta offer upgrades from …

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Why Amazon Ditching NYC HQ2 May be Good for NY-Based Elite Flyers

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

In November, Amazon announced the results of its years-long competition for a second headquarters. Rather than choosing one HQ2 location, the behemoth online retailer announced it would add three new locations: Long Island City in New York City, National Landing in Virginia and an Operations Center in Nashville. On Thursday, Amazon announced that it has decided not to move …

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You Only Get One First: How to Make Your Baby’s First Flight Special

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

You can only have your first flight once, so it’s worth doing everything you can to make it as memorable as possible. Of course, if it’s your newborn’s first flight that burden of responsibility shifts to the adult in charge. With more than 900 flights under my belt and a million (and counting) miles flown on …

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Hilton Expands Luxury Hotel Portfolio as It Nears 1 Million Rooms Worldwide

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

One million rooms. That’s what Hilton is marching toward, and per its Q4 2018 earnings report released on Wednesday, it’ll cross that milestone in short order. Last quarter, Hilton swung open the doors of 142 new hotels totaling 22,500 rooms. Looking at 2018 as a whole, it opened more than 450 new hotels totaling more …

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This Is the Unique Gift American Airlines Top Elite Flyers Are Getting in 2019

Written by Jordan Allen @ The Points Guy

Got Concierge Key? Great — because, now, you might also be privy to an extra special welcome gift from American Airlines for earning your high-level elite status. According to some reports from the TPG lounge and other readers, Concierge Key members have been receiving personalized metal luggage tags repurposed from a decommissioned MD-80 aircraft. The metal …

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The Ultimate Guide to Getting Upgraded on Delta

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

We’ve detailed many of the lesser-known perks of Delta elite status, including same-day confirmed changes, gate-to-gate Porsche transfers and flexibility with flight plans when bad weather strikes. Still, there’s one perk that sits above all others when it comes to chasing status: the allure of a free seat upgrade. There’s nothing quite as magical in …

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Parents With Infants Can Buy 1, Get 2 Free Via Southwest Companion Pass

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

Southwest’s Companion Pass is one of the most generous and virtually unmatched airline perks in the industry for anyone who likes to travel with a friend or family member because the pass holder can bring along a designated companion on Southwest flights for just the cost of taxes. But — for those with babies, it’s …

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Here’s How American Airlines, Delta and United Handle Upgrade Certificate Extensions

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

You know what they say — you don’t get what you don’t ask for! As we approach yet another end-of-January, alarm bells ring for top-tier elites on American Airlines, Delta and United who have upgrade certificates on the brink of expiring. Each carrier handles extensions very differently, and leeway seems to change from year to …

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The Ultimate Guide to Delta Choice Benefits

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

From waived change fees to complimentary upgrades to a VIP customer service line, we’ve shared our thoughts on maximizing the many perks of elite status with Delta Air Lines. In our tier-by-tier evaluation of Delta’s Medallion status program, it’s clear that the top two levels — Platinum and Diamond — are in a class of …

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Southwest Status Match: Get A-List Status & Extend With Qualifying Activity

Written by Stephen Pepper @ Frequent Miler's Quick Deals

Southwest Airlines is offering those with status with a domestic airline a match to A-List status. If you were recently targeted for instant status with American Airlines, this should be a way to parlay that into status with an additional airline. The Deal Match to A-List status with Southwest by sending proof of existing status with a domestic airline by email. Direct link to offer. Key Terms To be eligible to receive complimentary promotional A-List…

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Do I Get Elite Night Credits by Earning Platinum on the SPG Luxury Amex?

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

“Reader Questions” are answered twice a week by TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Ethan Steinberg. Legacy Marriott elite members undeniably scored a win during the merger, as the threshold for Platinum status qualification status was lowered to 50 nights a year, and a new avenue to qualify was introduced. As of August, holders of …

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The Ultimate Guide to Delta Sky Club Access

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

The more you travel, the more you appreciate an airport lounge. The chaos of a typical airport terminal never ceases, and there’s tremendous value in finding a pocket of serenity. Airline lounges serve as a welcome oasis, where you breathe a little easier, enjoy complimentary food and drink, conduct work on Wi-Fi that’s typically far …

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Baby on Board: 12 Airlines That Allow Growing Families to Put Elite Status on Hold

Written by Angelina Aucello @ The Points Guy

Before my first child was born, I took 90 flights in a year (half of them while pregnant) and qualified for top-tier elite status with two airlines. Even though I was committed to continue exploring the world, both with and without my little ones, a new addition to a family is a major lifestyle adjustment …

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Elite Status Chasers: Use Your Miles to Buy Everyone Else’s Award Tickets

Written by Darren Murph @ The Points Guy

As a frequent flyer marching towards two million miles on a single airline (Delta), and realizing that there’s no time to waste in securing status for the year ahead, I’m constantly torn when it comes to redeeming miles for award tickets. If you weren’t aware, most airlines do not give you mileage credit for award …

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Marriott’s Latest IT Fail Is a (Still) Non-Functional Choice Benefits Page

Written by Nick Ewen @ The Points Guy

The Marriott/SPG integration hasn’t been smooth on many accounts. From missing points to elite status errors, we’ve heard a rash of complaints from our readers (and staffers). In general, I’d say the most common Marriott/SPG issues have been IT-related. It’s understandable to have a few hiccups when you’re combining two massive, diverse programs with two …

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Match M Life back to Hyatt Explorist ’till Feb 2020

Written by Nick Reyes @ Frequent Miler's Quick Deals

Thanks to World of Hyatt’s partnership with the M Life, the loyalty program of MGM resorts & casinos, you can enjoy reciprocal status between the two programs. Hyatt Explorist and above matches to M Life Gold. If you previously matched your Hyatt Explorist status to M Life Gold, you can now match back from M Life Gold for this year and pick up 4 new club lounge access upgrades that are valid through February 2020…

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