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 &…

What is Airline Elite Status Worth in 2016?

If you’re working toward elite status with an airline this year, it helps to know exactly how much value you’ll get for your hard-earned money. To help make the calculation easier, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen compares the various levels of status across the top US-based airlines. Over the last few weeks,…

Do Elite Status Luggage Tags Serve Any Practical Purpose?

TPG reader Jeffrey sent me a message on Facebook to ask about luggage tags: “What’s the deal with the luggage tags that are provided when you earn elite status? Is there any advantage to having this tag on your bag? Should I be advertising my Executive Platinum status to the world?” Airline elite status can be highly lucrative,…

AA Offering Complimentary Status to Hilton Elites

What’s better than earning status? Getting it for free. And American has been offering lots of travelers free status recently. Last week, American sent email and mail invitations to certain AAdvantage members inviting them to try out status through May 31, 2016 — with a free challenge to keep this status through February 2017. Yesterday, some Hilton elites received a…

What is JetBlue Elite Status Worth in 2016?

The JetBlue cards from Barclaycard are now available. Earn 30,000 points after $1,000 spent in the first 90 days with The JetBlue Plus Card ($99 annual fee) or 10,000 points after $1,000 spent on purchases in the fist 90 days with The JetBlue Card ($0 annual fee). Get more information here. Continuing his series on…

What is Southwest Airlines Elite Status Worth in 2016?

Continuing his series on the value you’ll get from the various elite tiers in frequent flyer programs, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at Southwest Airlines’ Rapid Rewards. Here at TPG we’re constantly asked questions like, “Is it worth it for me to earn ____ status with ____ airline/hotel chain?”…