Which Airline is Best for Low-Tier Elite Status?

TPG reader Jonathan wrote in to ask about earning low-tier elite status: “New business traveller here. If I’m just starting to fly and would only hit low-tier elite status (around 25,000 miles), would you recommend American, Delta, or United?” Hi Jonathan! Let me first say that out of the three airlines you mentioned, United and Delta…

FoundersCard Launches New AAdvantage Elite Status Challenge

The membership-based FoundersCard just launched an exclusive new status challenge with American Airlines, putting cardholders on the fast track to earning AAdvantage Platinum status. To complete the challenge, members will need to earn 10,000 elite-qualifying points during a 3-month trial period beginning in August. Those who meet the requirements will earn status not only for the remainder of this year,…

What’s the Best Hotel Upgrade You’ve Ever Received?

TPG reader Sara messaged me to ask about my experience with hotel upgrades: “What’s the best suite you’ve ever received as a complimentary upgrade? I got upgraded to the Presidential Suite at the Sheraton San Diego last week, and was wondering if you’ve had similar upgrades in the past?” I’ve had elite status from many…

Do Delta Elites Get Perks on Virgin Atlantic Flights?

TPG reader Alex tweeted me to ask about Delta Medallions flying on Virgin Atlantic: @thepointsguy – “I have Delta Platinum Medallion status and have to fly Virgin Atlantic. Will any of my elite perks apply?” A couple years ago, Delta announced it was buying a minority stake in Virgin Atlantic, which was great news for anyone you has a lot…

Do Award Cancellation Benefits Change With AA Elite Status?

TPG reader Liam tweeted me to ask about when AAdvantage elite benefits become available: @thepointsguy – “Can I book AA award travel as a Platinum elite member, then use privileges to cancel and reinstate miles when I become Executive Platinum?” Over the years, the airlines have eroded elite status by doing things like making lower-tier elites…

Earning Elite-Qualifying Miles with the Citi Executive Card

I love having AAdvantage Executive Platinum, but not everyone flies enough to earn or maintain elite status each year. However, there are other options. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen discusses how you can collect elite-qualifying miles with some strategic spending. If you’re not already aware, the Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite MasterCard is…

What is Alaska Airlines MVP Elite Status Worth?

As we enter the second half of 2015, many frequent flyers are having to decide just how much they value elite benefits. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks at Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan elite status, and sets out to quantify each benefit in order to make those decisions easier. At the end…

Which Airlines Offer the Best Million Miler Status Benefits?

TPG reader Sasha tweeted me to ask about elite status: @thepointsguy – “What airlines offer the best million miler elite status benefits?” To reward long-term loyalty, some airlines offer special lifetime benefits for customers who reach a cumulative total of one million miles flown. My pick for the best million miler elite status would be United, and you…

6 Premium Travel Cards that Are Worth the High Annual Fee

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at the perks offered by a variety of premium travel credit cards, and explains why they’re worth the cost of admission. Premium credit cards may scare many people away with their $400-plus annual fees, but travel rewards enthusiasts know that despite the high price tag, these cards can…

How Can I Earn SPG Gold Status Without Hotel Stays?

TPG reader Mark sent me a message to ask about hotel elite status: “I’m currently Hilton Gold, but am thinking of switching over to Starwood. What’s the easiest way to get SPG Gold status without the 25 nights/10 stays?” The easiest way is to get the Platinum Card from American Express, which offers SPG Gold status as a…