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TPG reader Michael writes:

“In your mind is it more advantageous to focus on a single program (even after you have achieved their top status) or try to achieve status on multiple programs?”

In my opinion, top tier hotel status with one chain beats having mid tier status with multiple chains. Generally the increase in benefits from mid to top tier are exponentially better than the benefits from regular to mid. In fact, a lot of mid-tier hotel statuses can be achieved with little/no effort. Starwood gives Gold status to any American Express Platinum cardholder and Hilton is giving away Gold status to any Visa Signature cardholder.

So, simply put, I’d focus on attaining top tier status with one hotel chain before focusing on anything else as long as your stay habits allow it. And remember, hotel hopping can be an easy way to speed up attaining elite status, so you may actually be able to get top tier status in more than one program (like I have) if you plan your stays strategically. The more top tier statuses you can attain, the more options you have when it comes to redeeming. For example, I always start the first day of my European trips at an Intercontinental, because my Royal Ambassador status guarantees an 8am check-in, which is amazing after an overnight flight.

Maintaining top tier status is a challenge, but for me- that’s part of the fun!

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The Platinum Card® from American Express

While this premium card has one of the highest annual fees on the market, it has several valuable perks that could make it worthwhile, depending on your travel patterns. These include a $200 annual airline rebate, lounge access, free Hilton Gold status and free Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status.

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  • Earn 40,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • 5X points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 a year for baggage fees and more at one airline. Terms Apply.
  • As a Platinum Card Member, you can enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations worldwide. Terms Apply.
  • Enroll to enjoy the benefits of complimentary Hilton HHonors™ Gold Status with your Platinum Card.®
  • No interest charges because you pay your balance in full each month.
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