Strategies for Meeting Your Elite Status Goals in 2016

With the halfway point of 2016 fast approaching, it’s crucial to have your elite status qualification strategy nailed down. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen shares some of the top tips for meeting revenue, segment and elite-qualifying mile requirements. We are coming up on the midpoint of 2016, so with almost half of…

Exciting New Airline Routes for June 2016 and Beyond

Each month, airlines around the world launch and announce dozens of new flight routes and service changes — and today, TPG Senior Editor Kaeli Conforti shares just a few of the latest flights that will take to the skies this month or in the near future. Keep in mind that exact flight details (e.g., flight schedules, aircraft and more) may change…

Alaska Changes Mileage Plan Earning on American-Operated Flights

Update: The original Alaska Airlines announcement featured a chart that excluded mileage earning for ‘P’ and ‘W’ fare classes. However, the carrier has updated its chart with the addition of the two fare classes, and this post has been updated to include the new chart. Last year, American Airlines detailed the future of its AAdvantage program. For a while, flyers…

Will the AAdvantage Program Waive Revenue Requirements?

TPG reader Alex sent me a message on Facebook to ask about AAdvantage elite status: “If my address is not in the US, do I still need to meet American’s EQD requirements to earn status in 2017?” After holding its ground for several years, American Airlines recently announced that it will follow Delta and United by adding a revenue component…

American’s Website Now Shows How Many Miles You’ll Earn

If you’re an American Airlines frequent flyer — or you simply follow the major US carriers — you know that the AAdvantage program is switching to a revenue-based redeemable mileage-earning system. While it’s generally not the best news for AA flyers, it will benefit those who spend a lot with the carrier. But for those…

11 Cards That Help You Earn Airline Elite Status

Now that we’re almost halfway through the year, how are you doing with elite status? As TPG Points & Miles Editor Sarah Silbert explains, a number of co-branded airline cards help you earn elite-qualifying miles toward status, while meeting spending requirements on some can even lead to an elite-qualifying dollar waiver. With American Airlines planning…

American Targeting Corporate Travelers with New Status Challenge

Earlier this month, American Airlines announced plans for the future of its AAdvantage program, the main takeaway being that it’s switching to a revenue-based redeemable mileage earning. For now, though, it’s fairly easy to get status quickly — especially if you work for a large corporation. This week, AA began offering a promotion in which flyers with select…

Should I Upgrade to First Class on a Transcon Flight?

TPG reader Lucas sent me a message on Facebook to ask about upgrades: “Is it worth paying 15,000 AAdvantage miles and a $175 copay to move from business to first on American’s A321T transcontinental service? Alternately, I could pay a $515 fare difference.” Domestic first-class service can be pretty lackluster, especially in comparison to the impressive premium cabins available internationally. However, there are…

Which Flights Count Toward a Status Challenge?

TPG reader Jason emailed me to ask about the AAdvantage status challenge: “If I initiate a status challenge with American Airlines, do existing reservations count, or can I only count flights booked after the challenge begins?” Status challenges are a great shortcut to earning elite benefits with both airlines and hotels. By completing a specified amount of travel during the challenge…

Review: Comparing Preferred Economy Seats on AA’s 777-300ER — Dallas to Hong Kong

Earlier this year, TPG Associate Editor Emily McNutt found a great fare on a round-trip flight between Dallas and Hong Kong and took off on a mileage run to earn Platinum status with American Airlines. Read on for her comparison of two preferred seats in the economy cabin of the 777-300ER. A few months ago, I…