Will I Earn Elite Credits From an Airline Status Challenge?

TPG reader Moe sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning elite status: “If I complete an airline status challenge, how many elite credits will I need to reach the next elite level? For example, if I challenge for AAdvantage Gold status, will I still have to meet the normal requirements to reach Platinum, or…

Do Delta Medallion Elite Miles Roll Over for Multiple Years?

TPG reader Patrick emailed me to ask about earning Delta status: “I fly with Delta a lot and rack up a ton of Medallion Qualification Miles. I currently have over 470,000 MQMs, 280,000 of which rolled over from 2015. If I don’t earn any more elite miles from here on out, but I have a credit card to waive the spending requirements,…

Get Oneworld Status Absolutely Free Through Air Berlin

Planning to fly American Airlines this holiday season? Get priority check-in, priority boarding, preferred seats and a free checked bag thanks to this offer from Air Berlin. Now through November 30, register to get free Air Berlin Silver (Oneworld Ruby) status for four months. The offer page is only in German. If you aren’t fluent, use an in-browser…

Extend or Boost Your AAdvantage Elite Level for 2017

If you have American Airlines elite status for 2016 and haven’t re-qualified for 2017, you likely got an email yesterday offering to let you “extend your status through January 2018.” Or, if you’re just shy of qualifying for the next level of status, you probably received an offer to “boost” your status. Each AAdvantage member’s…

Leaked Details of ‘Next Flight Guarantee’ for American Airlines Concierge Key Members

If you’re interested in the latest, reliable details of what’s coming down the line in the AAdvantage program, there’s no better source than AA insider JonNYC. And over the weekend, he shared details on the carrier’s new Next Flight Guaranteed program for Concierge Key members. Name not ringing a bell? For years, Concierge Key has been an…

Instant Best Western Elite Status Valid Through January 31, 2018

Best Western is currently running a “Status Match … No Catch” program, offering elite status matches through January 31, 2018. And, as we found, there truly is no catch. The process is straightforward: All you need to do is fill in a simple form (caution: PDF link) and provide a copy of your current hotel statement (showing…

Will I Lose Elite Status If I Close My Credit Card Account?

TPG reader Avi sent me a message on Facebook to ask about credit card benefits: “I have Starwood Gold status from the Amex Platinum card, which I used to also get Marriott Gold Status. If I cancel my card, how long will my status with both programs remain valid?” One of the biggest award travel developments of 2016 came…

Expiring Elite Upgrade and Perks Exchange for Winter 2016

Do you have some expiring upgrades or airline perks that you don’t plan to use? Or perhaps you’re in need of some for an upcoming flight? Scroll on down to swap your benefits expiring this winter! It seems hard to believe that 2016 is quickly coming to an end. Hopefully you’ve taken advantage of the various perks…

Can I Earn Lifetime Airline Status from Spending Bonuses?

TPG reader Jared sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning elite status: “Do credit card spending bonuses (like the MQM bonuses on some Delta Amex cards) count toward Million Miler status?” Even if you don’t fly often, airline credit cards can offer a lot of value. Sign-up bonuses will help you pad your frequent flyer account, and standard…

6 Ways Southwest Stands Out From Other Airlines

Ever since Southwest Airlines began servicing commuters in Texas, it’s now become one of the largest airlines in the skies. There are many reasons why Southwest has continued to grow it’s network internationally, with sweet perks like the Companion Pass, fun flights and excellent customer service — both on the ground and in the air —…