Do EQMs Earned from Spending Count for a Status Challenge?

TPG reader Chris sent me a message on Facebook to ask about the American Airlines status challenge: “If I spend $20,000 on the AAdvantage Aviator Silver card, do the elite miles I get count toward an American Airlines status challenge?” Status challenges can be a great shortcut to earning elite benefits with both airlines and hotels, especially if you already have…

Can I Stack Elite Night Credits from Marriott Premier Cards?

Update: Chase wrote in to clarify its terms and conditions, letting us know that it is indeed possible to stack elite credits. Here’s what a Chase rep had to say: “A cardmember can combine the elite credit benefits from a Marriott Rewards Premier Business Card and Marriott Rewards Premier card to be eligible for the…

What is Starwood Preferred Guest Elite Status Worth in 2016?

If you’re wondering whether it’s worth meeting the requirements for a specific hotel program status, it helps to know what sort of value you can expect as an elite member. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen completes the hotel portion of his series on elite statuses by examining how much value you…

What is IHG Rewards Elite Status Worth in 2016?

If you’re wondering whether it’s worth meeting the requirements for a specific hotel program status, it helps to know what sort of value you can expect as an elite member. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen continues the hotel portion of his series on elite statuses by examining how much value you…

A New, Easy Way to Earn “Elite Status” with Norwegian Air

Norwegian Air has been expanding its route network, with the most recent flights linking Paris to New York, Fort Lauderdale and Los Angeles. With its low fares and consistently good products, Norwegian Air is increasingly becoming a more attractive option for transatlantic travelers. Until now, the carrier had a pretty nonexistent frequent flyer program, but that’s about to…

Shortcuts to Hotel Elite Status: Cards, Spending and More

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card Not everyone travels frequently enough to earn elite status with a hotel loyalty program the normal way, but as TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen explains, you can still reach elite tiers through…

What is Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Elite Status Worth in 2016?

If you’re wondering whether it’s worth meeting the requirements for a specific hotel program status, it helps to know what sort of value you can expect as an elite member. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen continues the hotel portion of his series on elite statuses by examining how much value you…

Will I Earn PQDs by Paying for United Premier Elite Status?

TPG reader Bryson sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning elite status with United: “If I buy United Premier status this year, does the cost count toward the PQD requirements for elite qualification next year?” Earlier this year, United Airlines ran a promotion allowing targeted MileagePlus members to purchase elite status outright for 2016, as well…

What is Hyatt Gold Passport Elite Status Worth in 2016?

If you’re wondering whether it’s worth meeting the requirements for a specific hotel program status, it helps to know what sort of value you can expect as an elite member. Below, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen continues the hotel portion of his series on elite statuses by examining how much value you…

What is Hilton HHonors Elite Status Worth in 2016?

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card If you’re wondering whether it’s worth meeting the requirements for a specific hotel program status, it helps to know what sort of value you can expect as an elite member. Below, TPG Senior Points &…