Tips to Qualify for Delta and United Elite Status in 2014

With the deadline for elite status qualification looming, this week TPG Contributor Nick Ewen discusses strategies to help you earn or maintain your status into the new year. 2015 is rapidly approaching, which means we’re also in the home stretch for elite status qualification. Once the calendar flips, the balances for all of your elite qualifying miles and segments (as well as…

Tips to Qualify for American and US Air Elite Status in 2014

I’m often asked how much I value elite status; while I no longer prize certain benefits (like lounge access) as much as I used to, in the long run elite status makes my travel smoother and more enjoyable, sometimes in unexpected ways. With the deadline for elite status qualification looming, this week TPG Contributor Nick Ewen discusses strategies to help…

Elite Status Benefits that Extend to Family and Companions

While I often travel solo, I do love traveling with friends and family, and having companions along for the ride is even sweeter when I can share my elite benefits with them. Today, TPG Senior Points and Miles Correspondent Jason Steele explains which elite benefits let you share the love, along with the extra legroom. When I think of elite airline status, I…

Elite Status Qualification with PQD/MQD: The Weekly Wish

In theory, elite status exists to reward an airline’s most loyal and profitable customers. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains how that isn’t always the case, and offers his suggestions for how airlines can improve elite status requirements while improving their bottom line. Last year, the frequent flyer community was hit with the news that Delta and United were…

American AAdvantage 2015 Elite Status Boost Options Now Live

Last year as part of its restructuring efforts, American Airlines introduced elite status requalification “boost” options. The idea was that flyers who might fall short of qualifying (or requalifying) for status could pay either to “boost” up to the next status level if they had already earned a certain amount of elite-qualifying mileage, or to renew…

What to Do When a Hotel Room Upgrade Is Really a Downgrade

Hotel upgrades are usually great when you get them, but what should you do if your hotel upgrade actually equates to a downgrade? Today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen shares a recent experience he had at a Starwood property in Florida, and offers some tips in case you find yourself in similar circumstances. Upgrades can be like a drug…

Strategies for Travel Without Airline Elite Status

I get a lot of value from both airline and hotel elite status, but I recognize that for many travelers, the benefits of elite status don’t justify the extra cost and effort required to earn it. Today TPG Contributor Jason Steele discusses how you can enjoy elite benefits when you fly, even without elite status. Despite how often I fly, I don’t hold…

Should I Go for Delta Diamond Medallion or Stay Platinum?

TPG reader Ryan tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “I will be very close to Diamond Medallion elite status this year on Delta. Is it worth aiming for Diamond Medallion, or should I keep Platinum Medallion and roll over the extra miles?” The end of the year is time to start thinking about your airline elite status. You have…