Delta Deep Dive: Delta Elite Status

The final part on my Delta overview centers on Medallion elite status and the extra benefits you get by being a frequent flyer. As a quick refresher, elite status: is based on the number of miles and dollars you spent in the previous year and is a separate tracking system from the miles you redeem for free flights (redeemable miles). It resets January 1 of each year and, while you generally get one elite status mile (on Delta they are known as Medallion Qualifying Miles, or MQMs) for each mile you fly. There are occasional exceptions such as bonus MQMs for high-fare tickets or … [Read more...]

New IHG Rewards Point Breaks List Out Monday (Tomorrow)

Intercontinental Egypt Port Ghalib

The IHG Rewards Club Point Breaks List will be coming out tomorrow. These are properties where you can book rewards nights for just 5,000 IHG Rewards Club points until February 28.  The sneak peek for the new Point Breaks list is actually posted on the IHG® Rewards Club Rewarding Experiences site. There are a few Intercontinental properties on the list, which is always nice and here are a few sample properties. InterContinental Presidente Merida, Mexico InterContinental The Palace Port Ghalib Resort, Marsa Alam, Egypt Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Lido, Beijing, China EVEN Hotel … [Read more...]

Jet Blue 20% Off Sale Ends Tomorrow!

Jet Blue sale ends tomorrow

JetBlue is running a 20% off sale for flights booked by tomorrow. This is good for flights between December 2 – December 18, 2014 and then January 6 – February 11, 2015. Travel on January 19 is not allowed and Friday/Sunday travel is excluded. Also, the 20% off is only on domestic trips while international trips get 15% off. Some more details about the sale: Promo Code: WINTER14 20% off* the base fare of a domestic one way or roundtrip JetBlue flight or; 15% off* the base fare of an international one way or roundtrip JetBlue flight Base fare is everything but the gov’t … [Read more...]

Delta Deep Dive: Redeeming Miles

This is part of a series of posts on a Delta deep dive. The first one covered earning Delta miles and this one will cover redeeming them. The actual mechanics of booking the flight and understanding an award chart can be found here. There are very few experiences that are more frustrating than booking a Delta award ticket.  Perhaps waiting on hold for customer service while listening to a cheery voice tell you how much the company values your business; maybe trying to get that piece of popcorn kernel out from underneath your gums.  No, on second thought, the award ticket wins.  But it’s … [Read more...]

Delta Deep Dive: Ways to Earn Delta Miles


It quickly became apparent to me that trying to do one post with everything that you need to know about Delta is too much at once, so I’m going to split it up a bit.  Since earning and redeeming miles are what most people are interested in, we’ll start there.  Please note: I'm not going to cover every single method of earning points that exists, since I would probably break the interweb.  But this primer should be a good start and get you 80% of what you need with 20% of the effort. Earning Miles Via Flying With 2014 almost over, I’m going to start with earning miles in 2015.  The current … [Read more...]

How I Paid For All My 2014 Plane Tickets

My 2014 Flights I am taking

Since I am pretty much set on my trips for the rest of the year, I thought now would be a good time to go over my 2014 strategy for using miles and points for my plane tickets this year. I am taking two big international trips, a trip to the Caribbean and six shorter weekend trips just around the US. I am quite lucky this year in that I was able to avoid paying cash for any of them and managed to even book a few in business class. In this post, I am going to go through all my trips and explain exactly how I paid for specifically the plane ticket portion. Although I did use miles and points … [Read more...]

When Is Actually The Best Day to Buy Airline Tickets?

It's Tuesday evening and I have an announcement! The Miles Professor has been around since early 2013 and it's been a great year and nine months for the site. While I've shared my miles using ideas, my trips, my tricks, it's pretty much all been from my point of view up until now. I've been thinking lately of ways to offer a new perspective and diversify content, particularly with some different analysis and some writing more relevant to business travel and family travel sprinkled in. That's why I contacted my friend Michael to see if he'd be interested in working with us. Luckily, the answer … [Read more...]

News Updates: AA/US Merger, IHG Into The Nights

I've been a bit MIA lately. That's because I had some involved work travel last week and managed to get a under the weather in the process. Although I'm still recovering, let's quickly go over a few big news items that have been hitting the miles and points world the past week. I hope to be back to my usual self hopefully in the next few days and I hope everyone else is having a much better start to their week than I am! American Airlines and US Airways Merger American Airlines came out this morning with an announcement of what the new American AAdvantage program will look like. The two … [Read more...]