Last-Minute Upgrade Strategies on US Airways

One of the perks of airline elite status is getting bumped up to a premium cabin, but the upgrade process is complicated and it’s sometimes hard to predict when you’ll be accommodated. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks behind the curtain of upgrade priority (for the next few days, at least!) on US Airways. It’s…

United Upgrade Priority and How to Improve Your Chances

One of the perks of airline elite status is getting bumped up to a premium cabin, but the upgrade process is complicated and it’s sometimes hard to predict when you’ll be accommodated. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks behind the curtain of upgrade priority on United. Traveling in itself is a wonderful thing. Traveling in…

Do Hotels Know if I Earned Elite Status from a Credit Card?

TPG reader Zach tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy — “Can a hotel tell if I got my status from stays vs. a credit card? Will they treat me differently if I got status through a credit card?” Earning elite status is getting easier in general, because it’s often included as a benefit on co-branded credit cards. Status earned…

Delta Upgrade Priority and How to Improve Your Chances

One of the perks of airline elite status is getting bumped up to a premium cabin, but the upgrade process is complicated and it’s sometimes hard to predict when you’ll be accommodated. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen looks behind the curtain of upgrade priority on Delta. Traveling in itself is a wonderful thing….

Hotel Elite Status Wrap-Up: Which Program Is Most Valuable?

Hotel elite status comes in all shapes and sizes. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen explains which programs offer the best value overall. Over the last several weeks, I analyzed the value of elite status with several major hotel loyalty programs: Hilton HHonors, Marriott Rewards, Hyatt Gold Passport, Starwood Preferred Guest, and Club Carlson. Each tier within each…

Starwood Announces New Platinum Elite Choice Benefits

Earlier this month, Starwood Preferred Guest announced that a new selection of benefits was coming for 50-night Platinum elites. Those members currently receive 10 Suite Night awards for reaching the 50-night threshold; however, the new selection has been revealed, and as of March 9th, SPG members who stay 50 nights a year will have their choice of the following: 10…

Etihad Guest Offers Complimentary Gold Status Match

Etihad has announced that it will offer complimentary Etihad Guest Gold status to elite travelers enrolled in other airline’s loyalty programs. In order to qualify for the offer, you must hold Gold status or higher on any other airline worldwide. Status match promotions have become family common with the increased competition among airline carriers, and travelers…

Shortcuts to Hotel Elite Status: Cards, Spending, and More

I’ve gotten a lot of great value out of hotel status (like Hyatt Diamond) over the years, but meeting the night and stay requirements can be a challenge. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen describes some alternative ways to earn those benefits. Hotel elite status can make or break a trip. Sometimes the on-property benefits…

How to Status Match on Emirates Skywards

A status match can be an easy way to jump from having no status with an airline or hotel to gaining preferred treatment as a top-tier customer. Today, TPG Contributor Leigh Rowan outlines the steps he took recently to get Emirates Skywards Silver status. Late last year, I booked an Emirates economy ticket from SFO to Bangkok (via…

SPG & Elite Status: Why Are All Stays Counted the Same?

TPG reader Vito tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”Why does SPG count a night in a $100 room in Duluth the same as a $1,000 villa at the St. Regis Bali? First off, they don’t count it exactly the same, since you’ll earn a lot more Starpoints for staying in the more expensive room. Hotels are typically revenue-based, and the…