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…

Earn Delta Platinum Medallion with One Round-trip (Targeted)

Delta has been making plenty of news lately, including a new premium check-in lounge and some high-priced terminal upgrades at LAX, and now a new targeted promotion offering a fast track to Platinum Medallion elite status for Los Angeles passengers, marking yet another aggressive push to entice new high-value flyers. If you were targeted, you can register here by…

Flight Review: Delta Air Lines 767 Business Class, JFK – Nice

Last week, I had to be in Monaco for a few days (to accept an award on behalf of a youth group in Ghana that won Peace Jam’s One Billion Acts of Peace Service Project of the Year, and to attend the Monaco International TV and Film Festival) and was glad to find a last-minute seat in business class aboard Delta’s Boeing…

How to Earn Delta Medallion Elite Status Without Flying

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card, Business Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card, Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card Earning elite status with airlines can pay off handsomely (especially at the higher tiers), but it usually requires a lot of revenue flying. Today, TPG Senior Points &…

Shortcuts to Earning Elite Status with Airline Credit Cards

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here –Platinum Delta SkyMiles Credit Card As someone who flies American Airlines all the time, I really value my AAdvantage Executive Platinum status. Airline elite status can make your trip smoother, more comfortable and even less expensive, so there are plenty of reasons…

Will I Earn Elite Status for Citi ThankYou Hotel Bookings?

TPG reader Tony messaged me to ask a question about Citi ThankYou Rewards: “Do you know if the hotel nights booked using Citi ThankYou points are eligible for elite night accrual in hotel programs?” Using Citi ThankYou points for hotels can be a good value, especially if you have the Citi Prestige card, which offers the…

9 Tips to Save on Baggage Fees

Baggage fees can add up quickly — if you’re not careful, you can wind up with a big bill at check-in. Today, TPG Contributor Matthew Zuzolo looks at some tricks to take a load off your mind and save on extra baggage fees. 1. Get a credit card with related benefits. There are a few credit cards available that offer annual…

Is It Worth Paying $499 To Boost Up To AA Gold Elite Status?

TPG reader Kyle tweeted me with this question: @thepointsguy– “Is it worth paying $499 to boost up to American Airlines Gold Status? I just received a targeted offer but I’m not sure if I should use it.” Elite status is getting pretty watered down these days, especially at the lower tiers. Instead of giving lower-tier elite members free…