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Do Delta Medallion Qualifying Dollars (MQDs) Roll Over?

December 21, 2014

TPG reader Jim emailed me to ask: “Do Delta Medallion Qualifying Dollars (MQDs) roll over? I’ve already qualified for 2015 Diamond Status. I have 140K MQMs and $17,000 in spending. The 15,000 MQMs roll over; what about the extra $4500?” One of the unique aspects of the Delta SkyMiles program is that you can roll over […]

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What is American Airlines AAdvantage Elite Status Worth?

December 19, 2014

As the year winds down and the scramble to attain elite status revs up (myself included!), I’ve been getting flooded with emails asking whether it’s worth spending X to get Y status with Z airline. The answer to that question really depends on factors that vary from person to person, but it prompted me to think more specifically about […]

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Delta Medallions Receive Hertz Elite Status Benefit

December 17, 2014

We’ve written extensively about Delta changing their Skymiles program for 2015, and most of the changes have been negative. However, Delta promised that there was “more to come” and one of those new additions is a partnership with Hertz, allowing Gold, Platinum, and Diamond Medallion members to enjoy complimentary elite status in the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards […]

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Hotel Elite Status Match and Challenge Plans for 2015

December 16, 2014

Hotel elite status is great when you have it, but earning it takes determination. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at ways to circumvent the usual qualification requirements by way of status matches and challenges. As 2014 comes to an end, I’m sure that elite status qualification is (and will remain) on many of your minds. Last week, I […]

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American Unveils Lucrative Bonus Mileage Promotion for 2015

December 15, 2014

Today, American Airlines announced a 2015 mileage promotion that will offer bonus miles to AAdvantage and Dividend Miles members for eligible first and business class fares. This is huge for those who fly American and pay for premium fares and frankly I’m surprised that it isn’t targeted and lasts the entire year. In a jab […]

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Should I Buy up to American Executive Platinum Elite Status?

December 14, 2014

TPG reader Al sent me a message on Facebook asking: “US Airways just quietly posted their revised buy-up to elite program, which is pretty close if not identical to American’s boost program. Do you think it’s worth it to buy up for higher elite status?” It’s December, which means it’s crunch time for elite status. […]

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Airline Elite Status Match and Challenge Plans for 2015

December 9, 2014

Elite airline status is great when you have it, but earning it takes determination. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen looks at ways to circumvent the usual qualification requirements by way of status matches and challenges. With the end of the year inching closer, the push to qualify for elite status is ramping up. Last month I wrote about […]

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Should I Credit To American If I’m Already Executive Platinum?

December 7, 2014

TPG reader Brendan tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I’ve already re-qualified for American Executive Platinum for 2015, but still have a few trips this year, should I credit elsewhere?” December is crunch time for those of us who value airline elite status. You’ve got until December 31, 2014 to embark on a flight that will […]

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Buy Delta MQMs and MQDs for 2015 Medallion Status

December 3, 2014

Similar to last year, Delta Air Lines just announced that they would be selling Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs), up to 10,000 MQMs per account. In addition, for those who are short on Medallion Qualifying Dollars (MQDs), the purchase price of the miles will count toward your MQD requirement, so you could earn both if you were […]

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What’s Proper Etiquette if I’m Upgraded and My Client Isn’t?

November 30, 2014

TPG reader Christopher tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy–”What is proper etiquette when I get a first class upgrade because I’m Delta Diamond, and  my client is back in row 27?” Unfortunately, this question has no clear “right” answer. This used to happen to me all the time. I remember once back when I worked at Morgan Stanley, […]

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Tips for Delta MQD and United PQD Requirements in 2014

November 20, 2014

With the deadline for elite status qualification looming, this week TPG Contributor Nick Ewen discusses strategies to help you earn or maintain your status into the new year. 2015 is rapidly approaching, which means we’re also in the home stretch for elite status qualification. Once the calendar flips, the balances for all of your elite qualifying miles and segments (as well as […]

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Three Credit Cards for International Premium Class Travelers

November 19, 2014

One of my foremost pieces of advice to award travelers is to make sure you earn points and miles on every dollar you spend, and the best way to do that is by using the right rewards credit card, or in many cases, cards. Today TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at credit card combinations tailored […]

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Tips to Qualify for Delta and United Elite Status in 2014

November 19, 2014

With the deadline for elite status qualification looming, this week TPG Contributor Nick Ewen discusses strategies to help you earn or maintain your status into the new year. 2015 is rapidly approaching, which means we’re also in the home stretch for elite status qualification. Once the calendar flips, the balances for all of your elite qualifying miles and segments (as well as […]

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Tips to Qualify for American and US Air Elite Status in 2014

November 18, 2014

I’m often asked how much I value elite status; while I no longer prize certain benefits (like lounge access) as much as I used to, in the long run elite status makes my travel smoother and more enjoyable, sometimes in unexpected ways. With the deadline for elite status qualification looming, this week TPG Contributor Nick Ewen discusses strategies to help […]

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Elite Status Benefits that Extend to Family and Companions

November 14, 2014

While I often travel solo, I do love traveling with friends and family, and having companions along for the ride is even sweeter when I can share my elite benefits with them. Today, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains which elite benefits let you share the love, along with the extra legroom. When I think of elite airline status, I […]

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Elite Status Qualification with PQD/MQD: The Weekly Wish

November 13, 2014

In theory, elite status exists to reward an airline’s most loyal and profitable customers. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains how that isn’t always the case, and offers his suggestions for how airlines can improve elite status requirements while improving their bottom line. Last year, the frequent flyer community was hit with the news that Delta and United were […]

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American AAdvantage 2015 Elite Status Boost Options Now Live

November 11, 2014

Last year as part of its restructuring efforts, American Airlines introduced elite status requalification “boost” options. The idea was that flyers who might fall short of qualifying (or requalifying) for status could pay either to “boost” up to the next status level if they had already earned a certain amount of elite-qualifying mileage, or to renew […]

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Is the Hyatt Diamond Challenge Going Away?

November 4, 2014

This year’s Hyatt Diamond Status Challenge was perhaps the most generous hotel elite status challenge I’ve seen. Hyatt Diamond Status is normally earned after 50 nights or 25 stays, but with the Hyatt Diamond Challenge, you only had to stay 12 nights within 60 days to earn status that lasts for over a year. You received all the perks of Hyatt Diamond status […]

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What to Do When a Hotel Room Upgrade Is Really a Downgrade

November 4, 2014

Hotel upgrades are usually great when you get them, but what should you do if your hotel upgrade actually equates to a downgrade? Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen shares a recent experience he had at a Starwood property in Florida, and offers some tips in case you find yourself in similar circumstances. Upgrades can be like a drug […]

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Delta Expands Porsche Service to LaGuardia, Seattle, Detroit

November 3, 2014

Delta Air Lines announced today that it will expand its Porsche tarmac transfer service to three more airports: New York LaGuardia, Seattle and Detroit. Delta initially launched this service back in 2011 in Atlanta, and has since added a total of 19 cars in which high value customers can be picked up and transported from gate to gate. In addition […]

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Strategies for Travel Without Airline Elite Status

November 3, 2014

I get a lot of value from both airline and hotel elite status, but I recognize that for many travelers, the benefits of elite status don’t justify the extra cost and effort required to earn it. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele discusses how you can enjoy elite benefits when you fly, even without elite status. Despite how often I fly, I don’t hold […]

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Should I Go for Delta Diamond Medallion or Stay Platinum?

November 2, 2014

TPG reader Ryan tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I will be very close to Diamond Medallion elite status this year on Delta. Is it worth aiming for Diamond Medallion, or should I keep Platinum Medallion and roll over the extra miles?” The end of the year is time to start thinking about your airline elite status. You have […]

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Which Card Is Best for Hotel Elite Status Through Spending?

November 2, 2014

TPG reader Chris sent me a message on Facebook asking: “My wife and I both have jobs with minimal travel (less than 10 days a year), but have considerable personal credit card spending, and we’d like to know which is the best hotel branded credit card that offers elite status through spending but doesn’t require […]

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Will Hotels or Airlines Extend Elite Status If I Fall Short?

November 2, 2014

TPG reader Angie emailed me to ask: “In 2013 I hit Platinum status in both Delta and Starwood. However, I was pregnant and hardly going to be traveling in 2014. I called Delta to ask if I could suspend my status until 2015; they said that wasn’t possible, but that they might be able to extend it. […]

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