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How Can I Get Elite Status By Doing Starwood Transfers?

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TPG reader Andrew asks on Facebook:

I have approximately two million SPG points that I can transfer to airlines. I’d like to know if you have any strategies on how I can get airline elite status by doing Starwood transfers?”

I love the innocence of newbie questions, and today’s newbie question of the week comes from Andrew, who has two million SPG points and is looking for a transfer strategy to obtain elite status. If only! Sadly, Starwood transfers do NOT count towards Elite status. Amex, Chase and Citi transfers also do not count. If they did, everyone would have elite status, therefore rendering elite status worthless.

If you want elite status, you have to earn it!  Image courtesy of Shutterstock.
If you want elite status, you are going to have to earn it! Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

There are credit cards out there that will give you elite status miles, but you are going to have to spend quite a bit and pay some annual fees. Or, just do it the hard way, like most of us, by getting on a plane and sitting your bum down in that seat. Good luck!

If you have any other questions, please tweet me @thepointsguy, message me on Facebook, or send me an email at info@thepointsguy.com.

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