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Elite Status Series: American AAdvantage Unique Program Benefits

December 19, 2013

Over the past few days, I’ve covered the three tiers of American AAdvantage elite status – Gold, Platinum and Executive Platinum – as well as the qualification thresholds, benefits packages and strategies for each. For the final post in the American Airlines portion of my elite status series, I’m going to talk about other unique […]

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Elite Status Series: American Airlines AAdvantage Executive Platinum

December 18, 2013

For the next installment in my ongoing series on the current elite status programs for the major airlines that started with Delta and American Airlines AAdvantage Gold and AAdvantage Platinum status, we’re going to take a look at American’s top-tier status, Executive Platinum, which I believe is the most lucrative airline elite status program available […]

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Top 5 Ways Airline Elite Status Has Changed – And Is Going To Get Worse

December 17, 2013

There are just two weeks left in 2013, which means that elite status is much on everyone’s mind – and I know more than a few people who are off on mad last-minute dashes to requalify. Historically I’ve defended the concept of mileage runs because they might make monetary sense if the perks you’d get […]

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Elite Status Series: American Airlines AAdvantage Platinum

December 16, 2013

For the next installment in my ongoing series on the current elite status programs for the major airlines that started with Delta and American Airlines AAdvantage Gold status, we’re going to take a look at American’s mid-tier status, Platinum. Qualification Platinum is the middle of American’s three elite status tiers. To achieve it, you must fly […]

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How To Get Last Minute Elite Qualifying Miles Without Flying

December 16, 2013

It’s official – we’re in elite status crunch time. It’s just about the last two weeks of the year and everyone is scrambling to check their mileage balances and figure out if they’ll hit their elite status tier for 2014 and I bet more than a few of you are considering some mileage runs to […]

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Elite Status Series: American Airlines AAdvantage Gold

December 12, 2013

For my latest ongoing series, I wanted to take at look at the current elite status programs for the major airlines. So far we’ve covered Delta, and now we’re going to take a closer look at American Airlines’ AAdvantage program, starting with Gold status. Qualification Gold is the lowest of American’s three elite status tiers. […]

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Elite Status Series: Delta SkyMiles Medallion Unique Program Elements

December 11, 2013

Update: Some of the offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Gold Delta SkyMiles, Platinum Delta SkyMiles, Delta Reserve Credit Card. TPG contributor Nick Ewen has taken us through the basics of Delta Medallion status – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it in each tier. Today he discusses […]

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Delta Revamps Medallion Upgrade Program – Introduces Global and Regional Upgrades

December 10, 2013

As a Delta Platinum and Diamond Medallion for the past 5 years, Delta’s international upgrade policy has always been a thorn in my side. Top-tier upgrades have historically been restricted to Y, B and M fare classes (read: super expensive), so I’ve generally chosen other perks for my Choice Benefits options. However, Delta announced today […]

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All Alaska Partners Earn Elite Qualifying Miles Starting January 15, 2014

December 10, 2013

This morning, Alaska Airlines announced that starting January 15, 2014, Mileage Plan members would earn elite-qualifying miles on all its international airline partners. Until then, you can still only earn elite miles on the following partners: But after that date, the program will add: British Airways Cathay Pacific Fiji Airways Korean Air Qantas EQM accrual […]

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Elite Status Series: Delta Diamond Medallion

December 10, 2013

TPG contributor Nick Ewen takes us through the basics of Delta Diamond Medallion status – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it. In earlier posts, I covered the ins and outs of Delta’s Silver Medallion, Gold Medallion and Platinum Medallion levels of elite status. This piece is targeted at […]

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Elite Status Series: Delta Platinum Medallion

December 9, 2013

TPG contributor Nick Ewen takes us through the basics of Delta Platinum Medallion status – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it. In earlier posts, I covered the ins and outs of Delta’s lowest two tiers of elite status: Silver Medallion and Gold Medallion. This piece is targeted […]

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Elite Status Series: Delta Gold Medallion

December 6, 2013

TPG contributor Nick Ewen takes us through the basics of Delta Gold Medallion status – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it. In a prior post, I covered the ins and outs of Delta’s lowest tier of elite status: Silver Medallion. Just getting any level of status with […]

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Buy Delta MQMs to Reach Or Maintain Your Status for 2014

December 5, 2013

Seeing as we have only a few more weeks until we ring in 2014, that means many people are making that last mad, desperate dash for elite status re-qualification. I’m getting tons of emails and tweets asking for help trying to hit the next level- or simply maintain what has already been earned. Some calls […]

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Elite Status Series: Delta Silver Medallion

December 3, 2013

TPG contributor Nick Ewen takes us through the basics of Delta Silver Medallion status – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it. As 2013 draws to a close, that can only mean one thing…the end of the elite status-qualifying year is almost upon us! Though I have held […]

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SPG Confirms Changes To Suite Night Awards Program, Now Extended To April 30, 2014

December 2, 2013

There is good news for SPG Platinum Preferred Guest members as Starwood has made changes to their Suite Night Award Program. The Suite Night Award given to Platinum members who have 50 nights or more used to expire at the end of the year, but the deadline has now been extended from December 31, 2013, […]

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What’s the Best Way to Find One-Day Fares to Qualify For the Next Level of Elite Status?

November 17, 2013

TPG Twitter follower Audrey wants to reach the next level of elite status: “What’s the best way to find one-day fares to get those last few miles for the next status tier?” As November draws to a close and time winds down to qualify for 2014 elite status, Audrey asks a question on many of […]

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Emirates Series: Elite Status

November 13, 2013

After last week’s announcement of Emirates as the newest American Express Membership Rewards transfer partner, as well as a 25% transfer bonus through November 21, I asked TPG contributor Jason Steele to create a series on the airline’s Skywards program, and this is the latest one, on elite status. Other posts in the series include: […]

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How Can I Get To American Airlines Executive Platinum Status With Points Other Than Just Traveling More?

November 10, 2013

TPG reader Tobey tweeted me @thepointsguy to ask: “I have 70K American Airlines elite qualifying points and am currently AAdvantage Platinum and need advice on how to reach Executive Platinum this year, other than just traveling more. Can you help?” It seems like Tobey is trying to get to Executive Platinum status through points, not […]

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Hilton HHonors Offers Elites Expedited 2015 Requalification

November 8, 2013

Fast on the heels of Hilton’s announcement Monday that it would be discontinuing its Points + Variable Miles double dipping earning option, the program sent out emails to targeted elites who have already requalified for their current status in 2013 for the 2014 year the opportunity of a “Status Jumpstart” where all their future stays […]

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American Annouces New Options For Elites To Pay For Requalification

November 8, 2013

As the year draws to an end, requalifying for elite status can be a desperate, mad dash to hit those qualification thresholds, and while there are plenty of other options besides just trying to fly a lot more before the end of the year, American Airlines added another level of stress for their frequent flyers […]

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Airline Status Match and Challenge Information

November 6, 2013

United’s major award chart devaluation last Friday was just the latest in a string of moves the airline has been making since the merger with Continental that almost seem intentionally aimed at alienating its elite flyers, including pulling upgrade inventory from ExpertFlyer last week, adding a revenue component to elite status qualification, and selling upgrades […]

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Can I Negotiate Elite Status Based On The Amount Spent On Airfare In A Calendar Year?

October 20, 2013

TPG reader Adam is facing a frustrating situation: “I travel often for work but I have a difficult time reaching higher than Silver on Delta. I fly short distances and two-segment road trips often. Currently I have traveled 42 segments and have accrued 29,000 MQMs (Silver status) and I am not sure if I will […]

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My Chicago Seminars Presentation: Advanced: Credit Card Strategies

October 14, 2013

Another year, another great Chicago Seminars! I once again had a fantastic time in Elk Grove, Illinois (about 20 minutes from O’Hare), meeting and greeting tons of other highly engaged (and slightly obsessed) frequent flyer and points hounds including The Frugal Travel Guy, Rick Ingersoll, and about 550 frequent flyer enthusiasts in attendance and several […]

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Maximize Monday: Transcontinental Comparison – Worth It To Switch To JetBlue?

October 7, 2013

Last Monday, I went to JetBlue’s New York headquarters to get a first look at the airline’s new “Mint” business class seats and first class mini-suites that will be going into service starting in June 2014, and the benefits premium flyers will enjoy. I have to admit, I was pretty impressed- especially since the cost […]

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