New Starwood Platinum Elite Benefits Choices Coming in March

Starwood Preferred Guest is getting ready to announce new elite benefits for its 50-night Platinum elites starting in March. Per this promotional page: “Platinum Members with 50 eligible nights can choose their rewards benefit. Coming soon: We will be unveiling a selection of rewards that will allow eligible members to pick the reward that suits…

How Much is Starwood Preferred Guest Elite Status Worth?

Whether you qualified for elite status in 2014 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 Starwood Preferred Guest elite status to help you decide. Hotel status can be quite valuable, but that value…

What Are Some Tips for Earning SPG Platinum Status?

TPG reader Savannah tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy- “I really want to go for SPG Platinum this year, but don’t know if I’ll meet the requirements. Any advice?” Just like me, Savannah loves her SPG Platinum status. The easy tip if you’re nervous about re-qualifying is simply to stay, stay, stay. Book as much travel…

Is FoundersCard Worth It?

As 2015 kicks into gear along with the quest for elite qualification, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about membership-only cards that can help you gain fast-track elite status, airfare and hotel discounts, and other benefits. Today, TPG Contributor (and COO) Leigh Rowan reviews one of the more prominent of these cards, FoundersCard. TPG first reviewed FoundersCard in 2011 and then again…

How Much is Hyatt Gold Passport Elite Status Worth?

Whether you qualified for elite status in 2014 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 Hyatt Gold Passport elite status to help you decide. Hotel status can be quite valuable, but that value isn’t…

Do Delta & SPG Crossover Rewards Count Toward Elite Status?

TPG Reader Emir messaged me to ask: “I know that points transferred from Amex Rewards do not count toward Delta elite status; what about points earned from SPG and Delta Crossover Rewards?” Amex points transferred to Delta do not count toward Medallion elite status, as Emir mentioned. However, about a year and a half ago, Delta…

Ritz-Carlton Rewards Offers Double Elite Nights for 2015

Ritz-Carlton has launched a promotion offering double elite credits to Ritz-Carlton Rewards members. Much like the 2014 promotion, you’ll earn two nights credit toward elite status for each eligible night stay at participating properties for the entire 2015 calendar year. Whether you’re new to Ritz-Carlton Rewards or an established member looking to boost your elite status level, this promotion is a…

How Much is Marriott Rewards Elite Status Worth?

Whether you qualified for elite status in 2014 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 Marriott Rewards elite status to help you decide. Hotel status can be quite valuable, but that value isn’t always…

Maximizing Expiring Elite Benefits, Perks and Upgrades – Exchange Forum

I have posted this before, but a lot of elite perks – including American Airlines EVIP Systemwide Upgrades, expire at the of February, so I thought I’d update this post in the hopes that some of you would help out fellow TPG readers with elite perks and benefits like systemwide upgrades and lounge passes that…

Earning Starwood Ambassador Status After 100 Nights with SPG

For SPG members, the main benefit of reaching 100 Starwood nights each year is SPG Ambassador status, which provides an immediate and high-level relationship with a dedicated point person to whom you can always go for advice about and help with your account or stays. I qualified for this service when it rolled out a couple of…