What is Hilton HHonors Elite Status Worth?

Whether you qualified for elite status in 2015 or fell short, the new year presents an opportunity to assess just how much that status means to you, and whether to pursue it again this year. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen evaluates each level of Hilton HHonors elite status to help you decide. In the last few weeks of 2014, you probably…

American’s Lucrative Premium Travel Mileage Bonuses Now Posting

As a reminder, American Airlines announced a 2015 mileage promotion that will offer bonus miles to AAdvantage and Dividend Miles members for eligible first and business class fares. This is huge for those who fly American and pay for premium fares and frankly I’m surprised that it isn’t targeted and lasts the entire year. In…

United Waives 2014 PQD Requirements for Targeted 1K Elites

In a gesture of goodwill that is (to put it diplomatically) uncommon in the airline industry, United Airlines appears to be waiving 2014 revenue requirements for certain Premier 1K members, and allowing them to retain their elite status level despite missing the mark on Premier Qualifying Dollars (PQDs). Last year United added a revenue component to elite status…

Audit Your 2014 Airline Miles, Hotel Points & Elite Credits

As 2014 draws to a close, it’s time to take a last look at your loyalty accounts to make sure everything is in order. I asked TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen to round up some good housekeeping tips to help you make sure you’ve received all the points and miles you’re entitled to from this past…

What Is US Airways Preferred Elite Status Worth?

As the year winds down and the scramble for elite status revs up, many frequent flyers are having to decide just how much they value elite benefits. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at US Airways Dividend Miles Preferred status, and sets out to quantify each benefit in order to make those decisions easier. Over the…

Will MQDs Count Toward 2014 if I Buy Now and Fly Next Year?

TPG reader Milagros sent me a message on Facebook asking: “If I buy a ticket today (in 2014) for a flight in January 2015, do those MQDs count toward 2014 or 2015?”  In 2014 Delta instituted a Medallion Qualifying Dollar program, which means that you need to spend a certain amount on Delta ticketed flights in…

What is United Airlines Premier Elite Status Worth?

As the year winds down and the scramble for elite status revs up, many frequent flyers are having to decide just how much they value elite benefits. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at United Premier status, and sets out to quantify each benefit in order to make those decisions easier. Last week, TPG looked at…

What Is Delta Air Lines Medallion Elite Status Worth?

As the year winds down and the scramble for elite status revs up, many frequent flyers are having to decide just how much they value elite benefits. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele looks at Delta Medallion status, and sets out to quantify each benefit in order to make those decisions easier. Last week,…

How to Get Free Hotel Breakfast at Points Properties

Maximizing your award travel goes beyond how you redeem for flights and hotel stays; you can also leverage your points, miles, and elite status to get other perks. Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains how you can get free or discounted breakfast from the top hotel brands. It’s safe to say that if you’re reading this post, you…

Do Delta Medallion Qualifying Dollars (MQDs) Roll Over?

TPG reader Jim emailed me to ask: “Do Delta Medallion Qualifying Dollars (MQDs) roll over? I’ve already qualified for 2015 Diamond Status. I have 140K MQMs and $17,000 in spending. The 15,000 MQMs roll over; what about the extra $4500?” One of the unique aspects of the Delta SkyMiles program is that you can roll over…