What is American Airlines Elite Status Worth in 2016?

If you’re wondering whether it’s worth meeting the requirements for a specific frequent flyer status, it helps to know what sort of value you can expect as an elite member. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen kicks off a series on elite statuses by examining how much value you can get with…

Does Marriott Platinum Premier Status Offer Extra Benefits?

TPG reader Robert sent me a message on Facebook to ask about elite status: “I’ve had Marriott Platinum Elite status for a while, but after staying 175 nights last year, I was recently bumped up to Platinum Premier. However, no one at Marriott can tell me what this means! Can you explain?” The benefits of top-tier hotel elite status run…

6 Hotel Programs Where Credit Cards Get You Elite Status

Just as with airlines, having elite status with a hotel chain can significantly enhance your travel experience. Today. TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen fills us in on hotel elite status and which credit cards you can carry to get it for free. When it comes to hotel elite status, you might think you need to…

Do I Earn Choice Benefits for Completing a Status Challenge?

TPG reader Sam sent me a tweet to ask about elite benefits: “Do I get a choice benefit if I complete the SPG Platinum challenge? How about the Delta Platinum challenge?” Last year, Starwood Preferred Guest announced a new selection of benefits available to certain Platinum elites. These members used to automatically receive 10 Suite Night awards, but there are now…

Can I Stack Elite Credits from Ritz and Marriott Cards?

TPG reader Mike emailed me to ask about earning elite status from hotel credit cards: “Can I stack automatic Gold Elite status from the Ritz-Carlton card with the 15 elite nights from the Marriott Rewards card? I’m trying to earn Platinum status, and wanted to know if the two could be combined to give me a boost.”…

When Does My Hotel Elite Status Expire?

TPG reader Robert sent me a message on Facebook to ask about the calendar for hotel elite status: “Does Hiliton HHonors status carry over to the new year? I’m trying to figure out how long my status is valid.” Last week I answered a question about the elite status calendar for airlines, after which I got several…

How to Get Airline Elite Status Quickly in 2016

As we start a new year, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen offers tips and advice on earning airline elite status quickly in 2016. When it comes to airline elite status, the landscape in 2016 is going to look a lot different than in previous years. Delta and United made enormous changes to their award-mileage and…

How Often Can I Match or Challenge for Airline Elite Status?

TPG reader AJ sent me a message on Facebook to ask about matching airline status: “I completed a status match about a year ago, but didn’t travel enough to maintain it. However, I’ll be traveling a ton in 2016 and would like to see if I could get another shot. Is there a limit to how often…

8 Credit Card Perks to Work Toward in 2016

Ready for a fresh start? Now that it’s 2016, it’s time to start working on your points and miles strategy. Of course, credit cards can play a huge role in helping you redeem some great travel awards. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen is here to help you see which cards can get…