Hilton HHonors Matching Status Through March 2018

Update (4/21/16): You may be able to successfully request a match through this link. Update (4/20/16): Hilton is currently experiencing issues with its status match website, which redirects to the homepage for the time being. However, status matches are still available. To request a match, simply email your proof of status with a competing chain, proof…

When Should I Start an Airline Status Match or Challenge?

TPG reader Russ sent me a message on Facebook to ask about matching elite status: “When is the best time to status match to another program? I have AAdvantage Executive Platinum status through February of 2017, and I’m wondering when I should match to Alaska Mileage Plan.” Status matches and challenges are a great shortcut to earning…

Will I Earn Elite Credits When I Pay with Miles on Delta?

TPG reader Daniel sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning elite credits on Delta: “Will I earn elite credits when I use Pay with Miles to buy a Delta ticket?” Award flights generally don’t earn miles or elite credits, which is one reason why you may be better off paying cash for airfare when prices are…

Last Chance to Request a Status Match with United

It’s not uncommon for airlines to offer status matches or challenges in an attempt to lure high-value flyers from other airlines. However, United’s current program is ending soon. You’ll need to submit your request by March 31, 2016 to take advantage of the airline’s current status match + challenge. If you’re looking to switch loyalties — especially with the changes American Airlines is making…

What’s the Difference Between Award Miles and Elite Miles?

TPG reader Matt emailed me for help making sense of his frequent flyer account: “In 2015, I earned over 27,000 Elite Qualifying Miles on American Airlines, but I don’t understand what that means in terms of redeeming for flights. What’s the difference between award miles and EQMs?” Loyalty programs use a lot of special lingo that takes some getting…

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…