Will the AAdvantage Program Waive Revenue Requirements?

TPG reader Alex sent me a message on Facebook to ask about AAdvantage elite status: “If my address is not in the US, do I still need to meet American’s EQD requirements to earn status in 2017?” After holding its ground for several years, American Airlines recently announced that it will follow Delta and United by adding a revenue component…

Should I Try to Match Status with Every Airline and Hotel?

TPG reader Michael sent me a message on Facebook to ask about status challenges: “I have Platinum status with American Airlines and Gold status with SPG. Is there any reason why I shouldn’t try to match status with all the other carriers and hotel groups? I figure I might as well get benefits from every hotel and airline; Delta won’t know if I try…

Which Flights Count Toward a Status Challenge?

TPG reader Jason emailed me to ask about the AAdvantage status challenge: “If I initiate a status challenge with American Airlines, do existing reservations count, or can I only count flights booked after the challenge begins?” Status challenges are a great shortcut to earning elite benefits with both airlines and hotels. By completing a specified amount of travel during the challenge…

Can I Stack Elite Status and Credit Card Baggage Benefits?

TPG reader Ken sent me a message on Facebook to ask about checked bags: “Can I combine the benefits of my AAdvantage Gold status and my AAdvantage Platinum Select card to get two free checked bags?” There are plenty of ways to avoid fees for checked baggage. Many co-branded airline credit cards offer a free checked bag for the cardholder…

Should I Take a Mattress Run to Complete a Status Challenge?

TPG reader Hunter sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning Marriott elite status: “I’m currently two stays away from completing the Marriott Platinum challenge. I normally spend about 50 nights each year with Marriott, but I don’t have any plans to travel before my challenge period ends. I found a local hotel where I can…

Earning Elite and Award Miles with American, Delta and United

In light of news that American will change the way customers earn bonus miles and status in the AAdvantage program, TPG Contributor JT Genter takes a look at how the three major US carriers stack up. Last November, American Airlines revealed plans to change to a revenue-based mileage program. Earlier this week — almost 7 months after…

Does Alliance Elite Status Give Me Status with Each Airline?

TPG reader Creighton sent me a message on Facebook to ask about airline elite benefits: “I have Cathay Pacific Silver status, which earns me Oneworld Ruby status. Since AAdvantage Gold also corresponds to Oneworld Ruby, can I use my Cathay Pacific status to get AAdvantage Gold?” Airline alliances can help you maximize travel by giving you access to rewards across a…

Is Elite Status Worth Being Loyal to a Single Airline?

TPG reader Josh sent me a message on Facebook to ask about being a frequent flyer: “I love to travel abroad and always try to fly United, but other airlines seem like better options for a few big trips I’m planning. I also haven’t been able to accrue as many United miles as I would like…

Hotel Elite Status Match and Challenge Plans for 2016

Status matches and challenges are great opportunities to fast-track your way to elite perks within various hotel programs, and luckily most of the major brands offer such programs. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at the currently available options. We are well into 2016, which means the clock is ticking…

Maximizing RewardsPlus with Marriott and United

In addition to offering their own programs, a variety of major travel brands run partnerships with each other to cross-promote their businesses and encourage customer loyalty. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at one such partnership: Marriott and United’s RewardsPlus. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a number…