How to Get Airline Elite Status Quickly in 2016

As we start a new year, TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen offers tips and advice on earning airline elite status quickly in 2016. When it comes to airline elite status, the landscape in 2016 is going to look a lot different than in previous years. Delta and United made enormous changes to their award-mileage and…

How Often Can I Match or Challenge for Airline Elite Status?

TPG reader AJ sent me a message on Facebook to ask about matching airline status: “I completed a status match about a year ago, but didn’t travel enough to maintain it. However, I’ll be traveling a ton in 2016 and would like to see if I could get another shot. Is there a limit to how often…

8 Credit Card Perks to Work Toward in 2016

Ready for a fresh start? Now that it’s 2016, it’s time to start working on your points and miles strategy. Of course, credit cards can play a huge role in helping you redeem some great travel awards. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen is here to help you see which cards can get…

Get Free AA Lounge Access with this Air Berlin Status Match

Oneworld status matches are available again for Star Alliance and Skyteam elites looking for some new travel perks in 2016. Air Berlin is the latest airline offering frequent flyers loyal to Skyteam, Star Alliance and other carriers the chance to match status with its own program, Topbonus. As part of the benefits, the status will also provide perks that extend…

When Does My Airline Elite Status Expire?

TPG reader Lisa sent me a message on Facebook to ask how long her elite benefits will last: “I earned United Premier Silver status this year, but I’m not clear on how long it’s valid. Will I lose my status in 2016?” As we kick off 2016, the cycle of elite status begins again for frequent flyers everywhere. Whether…

Does Gifted Delta Medallion Status Count as MQMs Earned?

TPG reader Mike sent me a message on Facebook to ask about Delta Medallion elite status: “If someone uses their Delta Choice Benefit to give me Gold status, will the miles I earn on my own still help me qualify for the next elite tier?” One interesting feature of the SkyMiles program is that Delta allows upper-tier Medallion members to pick…

What’s the Best Strategy for Switching Hotel Loyalty Programs?

TPG reader Roger sent me a message on Facebook to ask about moving his loyalty to a new hotel program: “I’m switching from Hilton HHonors to Marriott Rewards, since Marriott has a better presence in my favorite travel destinations. I don’t want to start from scratch with my points and elite status; what’s the best way to make the transition?” On…

United Increases PQM Earning Rates for 2016

When American Airlines first shared its 2016 AAdvantage program, the carrier also announced an increase in Elite-Qualifying Mile (EQM) earning rates. With the change, American Airlines jumped to the forefront in incentivizing premium-cabin flyers by making it even easier to earn elite status. Well, today, United Airlines announced changes to its MileagePlus Program for 2016, matching American Airlines’ elite-qualifying rates exactly….

Are Hotel Mattress Runs a Good Way to Earn Elite Status?

TPG reader David sent me a message on Facebook to ask about hotel elite status: “I’m four nights away from earning IHG Platinum Elite status. I have no stays planned for the rest of the year; is it worth paying for four nights that I don’t need just to reach Platinum Elite?” Elite benefits can be lucrative…

Will I Earn Elite Miles If I Ditch My Last Flight Segment?

TPG reader Sarung sent me a message on Facebook to ask about earning elite-qualifying miles: “I capitalized on the recent Santiago deal Delta was running and got a ticket for $400. My routing is LGA-ATL-SCL-ATL-LGA, but I may need to break my journey on the return in ATL and forfeit the final ATL-LGA leg. If I…