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Starwood Amex Elite Nights Posted and My 2014 Starwood Platinum Goal

January 16, 2014

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express have expired. View the current offers here –personal, business. On the heels of having my Delta rollover Medallion Qualifying Miles post the other day, I was checking my other points and miles balances and I noticed that the annual elite nights and stays credits I […]

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My Rollover Delta Medallion Qualifying Miles Posted for 2014

January 15, 2014

We’re well into January and I’m starting to put serious thought into my airline and hotel elite status strategy. As part of my decision-making process, I logged into my Delta.com account and saw that my rollover MQMs from 2013 have posted. Delta is unique in that it allows its Medallion elites to rollover any miles […]

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JetBlue Double Base Points Now Through March 3 – Faster Elite Status

January 15, 2014

JetBlue is offering double base points for flights purchased and flown between now and March 3, 2014. That means instead of the usual 3X points per $1 you earn on JetBlue fares, you’ll earn 6X points. Base points count toward qualifying for Mosaic, the airline’s elite-status-ish program, so that means you’ll only have to spend […]

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Which is Better for Mileage Redemptions – United Premier 1K or American AAdvantage Executive Platinum?

January 12, 2014

TPG reader Ahmed Tweeted me the following question this week: “Deciding between United 1K and American Executive Platinum. Which has a better award?” The 2014 elite-qualifying year is still young and we’re still in a time where you can be flexible when strategizing which airlines to fly as you think about 2015. It’s the perfect […]

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Elite Status Series: US Airways Unique Features and Benefits

January 10, 2014

So far in our Elite Status Series, we’ve covered American, Delta, Southwest and United. Last week, TPG contributor Nick Ewen went through the four tiers of elite status in the Dividend Miles program: Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Chairman’s Preferred. Today, he finishes up with US Airways by tackling the unique aspects of the program to […]

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Elite Status Series: US Airways Chairman’s Preferred

January 6, 2014

So far in our Elite Status Series, we’ve covered American, Delta, Southwest and United. Last week, TPG contributor Nick Ewen went through the first three tiers of elite status in the Dividend Miles program: Silver, Gold, and Platinum Preferred. Today, he tackles the highest level currently offered: US Airways Chairman’s Preferred status – how you […]

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Will Delta’s New Revenue Requirements Affect My Lifetime Status?

January 5, 2014

TPG Reader Marie is concerned that Delta’s new elite status spending requirements will affect her lifetime status with the airline: “I am confused about the elite status changes on Delta. My husband is a Lifetime Gold Medallion and I am Lifetime Silver Medallion. Do we retain this status with the new changes? Since we have […]

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Elite Status Series: US Airways Platinum Preferred

January 4, 2014

So far in our Elite Status Series, we’ve covered American, Delta, Southwest and United. Earlier this week, TPG contributor Nick Ewen went through the two lowest elite tiers in the Dividend Miles program: Silver and Gold Preferred. Today, he tackles US Airways Platinum Preferred status – how you can qualify for it and maximize the […]

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Elite Status Series: US Airways Gold Preferred

January 3, 2014

So far in our Elite Status Series, we’ve covered American, Delta, Southwest and United. This week, TPG contributor Nick Ewen tackles US Airways Preferred status. He started with Silver, and today we move on to Gold Preferred status – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it. As mentioned […]

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United and Delta Elite Status Revenue Requirements Are Officially Here

January 2, 2014

Now that we’re a day into 2014, it’s already time to start thinking about your elite status strategy and how to achieve your goals. While elite status qualification with hotels and airlines has for the most part remained the same, two of the major US legacy carriers – Delta and United – have both implemented […]

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Elite Status Series: US Airways Silver Preferred

December 31, 2013

So far in our Elite Status Series, we’ve covered American, Delta, Southwest and United. Today, TPG contributor Nick Ewen tackles US Airways Preferred status starting with Silver – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it. For the past year (or at least since February and the official announcement), […]

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Elite Status Series: United MileagePlus Unique Benefits and Features

December 30, 2013

So far in our Elite Status Series, we’ve covered American, Delta and Southwest. TPG contributor Jason Steele has taken us through the basics of United Premier Silver, Gold, Platinum and 1K status, and for today’s final post, he discusses some of the other unique features and benefits of the MileagePlus program. Throughout this series, I […]

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Very Last Minute Airline Elite Status Qualification Ideas

December 30, 2013

You might have noticed we’ve been covering the stuffing out of elite status lately – and that’s because there are just two days (today and tomorrow) left to qualify or requalify for elite status with the airlines for 2014. Even with the number of posts we’ve been churning out on it, readers keep writing in […]

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Is It Worth Paying $649 To Repurchase American Airlines Gold Status If I Didn’t Fly Enough To Retain It?

December 29, 2013

TPG reader Alexis emailed me to ask about a new program American launched to help elites falling short of requalification maintain their current status: “I’m currently American Airlines Gold elite, but I didn’t fly enough to retain the status for 2014 or to qualify for buying the “Boost” option. Is it worth it, in your […]

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As A Delta Platinum, Why Don’t I Get Upgraded On All Flights Of Multi-Leg Trips?

December 29, 2013

TPG reader Dennis flies Delta often and counts on getting upgraded for long flights: “I am a Platinum Medallion on Delta and noticed that for certain multi-city itineraries I am upgraded 5-6 days before my scheduled departure for the 2nd leg of my trip. Why am I not upgraded for the 1st leg at the […]

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Elite Status Series: United Premier 1K

December 27, 2013

So far in our Elite Status Series, we’ve covered American, Delta and Southwest. TPG contributor Jason Steele has taken us through the basics of United Premier Silver, Gold and Platinum status, and today he discusses the next tier, 1K – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it. In […]

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Elite Status Series: United Premier Platinum

December 26, 2013

So far in our Elite Status Series, we’ve covered American, Delta and Southwest. TPG contributor Jason Steele took us through the basics of United Premier Silver and Gold status , and today he discusses the next tier, Platinum – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it. In the […]

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Elite Status Series: United Premier Gold

December 24, 2013

So far in our Elite Status Series, we’ve covered American, Delta and Southwest. TPG contributor Jason Steele took us through the basics of United Premier Silver status yesterday, and today he discusses the next tier, Gold – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it. In the last post, […]

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Elite Status Series: United Premier Silver

December 23, 2013

So far in our Elite Status Series, we’ve covered American, Delta and Southwest. Today, TPG contributor Jason Steele takes us through the basics of United Premier Silver status – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it. Unless you have a last-minute mileage run planned, it’s probably too late […]

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Elite Status Series: Southwest Rapid Rewards A-List

December 20, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. Recently, our Elite Status Series has taken us through the basics of Delta Medallion status: how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it in each tier. We’ve also run through American’s AAdvantage […]

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Elite Status Series: American AAdvantage Unique Program Benefits

December 19, 2013

Over the past few days, I’ve covered the three tiers of American AAdvantage elite status – Gold, Platinum and Executive Platinum – as well as the qualification thresholds, benefits packages and strategies for each. For the final post in the American Airlines portion of my elite status series, I’m going to talk about other unique […]

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Elite Status Series: American Airlines AAdvantage Executive Platinum

December 18, 2013

For the next installment in my ongoing series on the current elite status programs for the major airlines that started with Delta and American Airlines AAdvantage Gold and AAdvantage Platinum status, we’re going to take a look at American’s top-tier status, Executive Platinum, which I believe is the most lucrative airline elite status program available […]

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Top 5 Ways Airline Elite Status Has Changed – And Is Going To Get Worse

December 17, 2013

There are just two weeks left in 2013, which means that elite status is much on everyone’s mind – and I know more than a few people who are off on mad last-minute dashes to requalify. Historically I’ve defended the concept of mileage runs because they might make monetary sense if the perks you’d get […]

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Elite Status Series: American Airlines AAdvantage Platinum

December 16, 2013

For the next installment in my ongoing series on the current elite status programs for the major airlines that started with Delta and American Airlines AAdvantage Gold status, we’re going to take a look at American’s mid-tier status, Platinum. Qualification Platinum is the middle of American’s three elite status tiers. To achieve it, you must fly […]

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