Elite Status

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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If I Take a Flight That Departs in 2013 and Returns In 2014, in Which Year Will My Miles Post?

October 6, 2013

TPG twitter follower Osuadam84 asks: “If I take a flight that leaves the last week of December and comes back the first week of January, which year will my miles post to?” I’ve actually been asked a similar question about overnight flights several times and it’s a really easy one. The answer is you get credit […]

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Get IHG Gold Status and Multiple Bonus Point Promotions With A Single Stay

October 4, 2013

IHG Rewards, formerly Priority Club, is notorious (in a good way!) for having a lot of live, targeted promo codes going on at once – anything from bonus points for a single stay or a series of stays to anniversary bonuses and even elite status for just a few stays. Belgian points blogger Bart has […]

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Earn 250 Delta Medallion Qualifying Miles on Hilton Stays Now Through December

October 1, 2013

Hilton and Delta just launched a promotion like one they had last year offering 250 Medallion Qualifying Miles per stay of two nights or more between now and December 13, 2013, up to a maximum of 10,000 MQM’s when you select Delta as your Hilton HHonors Double Dip partner. These MQMs are in addition to the 10 Hilton points […]

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How Do You Have Elite Status If You Are Accruing Miles On Credit Cards And Redeeming Miles, But Don’t Earn Elite Status Qualifying Miles?

September 22, 2013

TPG reader Eric asked: “How do you have elite status if you are just accruing so many miles on your credit cards and redeeming miles? You obviously don’t earn elite-qualifying miles?” I actually met TPG reader Eric on the street and he asked me how I maintain my elite status on three airlines – I […]

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Would You Choose Delta or American Platinum Status for Business Travel?

September 15, 2013

TPG follower Travel Chaz tweeted: “@thepointsguy if you were not concerned about redeeming the miles, would you choose Delta or American Platinum status for business travel?” First off, let’s start with the basics since the two statuses are not really equivalent. American Platinum only requires 50,000 miles and Delta Platinum requires 75,000  – but that […]

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Delta Medallion Qualifying Dollars Now Displayed on

September 9, 2013

Back in January, Delta announced that it would be adding a revenue-based component to elite qualification, and this morning Delta announced on Flyertalk, that Medallion Qualifying Dollars will be displayed on starting today. If you log into your Delta account, you can now view your 2013 Medallion Qualifying Dollars on your Account Activity page and My SkyMiles page at […]

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The Ins and Outs of Earning Starwood Elite Status With The Amex Platinum and SPG Credit Cards

September 2, 2013

Update: The offers mentioned below for the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Cards from American Express have expired. View the current offers here – personal, business. TPG Twitter follower Wildcat1 asked: “Now that Amex Platinum gives you SPG Gold Status, do I then only need 25 nights to get to Platinum Status – or do I have to start from […]

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Top 10 Ways To Get A Better Economy Seat

August 27, 2013

After the Twitterific fiasco I went through trying to secure KLM Economy Comfort seats for my upcoming trip to Cape Town while booking my flights through Delta last week, I thought it might be interesting to take a look at strategies for getting a better economy seat with the major airlines. The difference between a […]

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Discounted FoundersCard Sign Up – Worth It?

August 21, 2013

FoundersCard is a membership for entrepreneurs and small business owners that provides networking opportunities and also offers a bunch of discounts and travel perks. I used to be a member several years ago, but let my membership expire, though I’ve noticed within the last few years they’ve really upped their perk and benefit offering and […]

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Reminder: Register for United Marriott RewardsPlus Partnership

August 21, 2013

Back in July, United and Marriott announced they were launching a new partnership called RewardsPlus in the vein of Starwood and Delta’s Crossover Rewards that provides reciprocal benefits to elites of the airline and hotel chain. To participate, you can register at either the Marriott Registration Page or United Registration page. Elite Benefits RewardsPlus offers Marriott Rewards Platinum Elite and […]

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Maximize Monday: Using Airline Miles For Hotel and Car Awards – Worth It?

August 19, 2013

While most of the time we talk about airline miles in terms of award flights and how to get the most value out of them, many airlines actually let you use your miles for non-flight travel redemptions as well including car rentals, hotel stays, and packages. I don’t tend to think about those options much, […]

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