JetBlue Offers 90-Day Mosaic Status Challenge with Bonus

Airline status challenges can offer great shortcuts to earning elite benefits with a new airline, giving you the opportunity to enjoy premium service without the standard flight or revenue requirements. JetBlue is now offering TrueBlue members (even brand new ones) a a status challenge to earn its Mosaic elite status more quickly. You can register for the Mosaic Challenge…

Can I Transfer Miles to Earn Airline Elite Status?

Today’s newbie question of the day comes from TPG Reader Dave via twitter: @thepointsguy — “If I transfer 25,000 miles to American Airlines, will I earn AAdvantage Gold status?” The Starwood Preferred Guest program allows you to transfer Starpoints to miles with over 30 airline partners, including American Airlines. One of the best aspects of the…

How to Get a $100 Global Entry Application Fee Credit

As a frequent international traveler, I appreciate anything that helps me save time in the immigration line. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr explains how you can enjoy the benefits of Global Entry expedited security without having to pay extra. A couple years ago, I arrived in Atlanta from Tokyo aboard a full Delta 747-400. As 375 of my fellow passengers and I…

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…