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Elite Status Series: US Airways Platinum Preferred

January 4, 2014

So far in our Elite Status Series, we’ve covered American, Delta, Southwest and United. Earlier this week, TPG contributor Nick Ewen went through the two lowest elite tiers in the Dividend Miles program: Silver and Gold Preferred. Today, he tackles US Airways Platinum Preferred status – how you can qualify for it and maximize the […]

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Elite Status Series: US Airways Gold Preferred

January 3, 2014

So far in our Elite Status Series, we’ve covered American, Delta, Southwest and United. This week, TPG contributor Nick Ewen tackles US Airways Preferred status. He started with Silver, and today we move on to Gold Preferred status – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it. As mentioned […]

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United and Delta Elite Status Revenue Requirements Are Officially Here

January 2, 2014

Now that we’re a day into 2014, it’s already time to start thinking about your elite status strategy and how to achieve your goals. While elite status qualification with hotels and airlines has for the most part remained the same, two of the major US legacy carriers – Delta and United – have both implemented […]

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Elite Status Series: US Airways Silver Preferred

December 31, 2013

So far in our Elite Status Series, we’ve covered American, Delta, Southwest and United. Today, TPG contributor Nick Ewen tackles US Airways Preferred status starting with Silver – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it. For the past year (or at least since February and the official announcement), […]

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Elite Status Series: United MileagePlus Unique Benefits and Features

December 30, 2013

So far in our Elite Status Series, we’ve covered American, Delta and Southwest. TPG contributor Jason Steele has taken us through the basics of United Premier Silver, Gold, Platinum and 1K status, and for today’s final post, he discusses some of the other unique features and benefits of the MileagePlus program. Throughout this series, I […]

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Very Last Minute Airline Elite Status Qualification Ideas

December 30, 2013

You might have noticed we’ve been covering the stuffing out of elite status lately – and that’s because there are just two days (today and tomorrow) left to qualify or requalify for elite status with the airlines for 2014. Even with the number of posts we’ve been churning out on it, readers keep writing in […]

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Is It Worth Paying $649 To Repurchase American Airlines Gold Status If I Didn’t Fly Enough To Retain It?

December 29, 2013

TPG reader Alexis emailed me to ask about a new program American launched to help elites falling short of requalification maintain their current status: “I’m currently American Airlines Gold elite, but I didn’t fly enough to retain the status for 2014 or to qualify for buying the “Boost” option. Is it worth it, in your […]

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As A Delta Platinum, Why Don’t I Get Upgraded On All Flights Of Multi-Leg Trips?

December 29, 2013

TPG reader Dennis flies Delta often and counts on getting upgraded for long flights: “I am a Platinum Medallion on Delta and noticed that for certain multi-city itineraries I am upgraded 5-6 days before my scheduled departure for the 2nd leg of my trip. Why am I not upgraded for the 1st leg at the […]

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Elite Status Series: United Premier 1K

December 27, 2013

So far in our Elite Status Series, we’ve covered American, Delta and Southwest. TPG contributor Jason Steele has taken us through the basics of United Premier Silver, Gold and Platinum status, and today he discusses the next tier, 1K – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it. In […]

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Elite Status Series: United Premier Platinum

December 26, 2013

So far in our Elite Status Series, we’ve covered American, Delta and Southwest. TPG contributor Jason Steele took us through the basics of United Premier Silver and Gold status , and today he discusses the next tier, Platinum – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it. In the […]

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Elite Status Series: United Premier Gold

December 24, 2013

So far in our Elite Status Series, we’ve covered American, Delta and Southwest. TPG contributor Jason Steele took us through the basics of United Premier Silver status yesterday, and today he discusses the next tier, Gold – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it. In the last post, […]

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Elite Status Series: United Premier Silver

December 23, 2013

So far in our Elite Status Series, we’ve covered American, Delta and Southwest. Today, TPG contributor Jason Steele takes us through the basics of United Premier Silver status – how you can qualify for it and maximize the benefits once you earn it. Unless you have a last-minute mileage run planned, it’s probably too late […]

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Elite Status Series: Southwest Rapid Rewards A-List

December 20, 2013

Update: This offer is no longer available. View the current offer for the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card here. Recently, our Elite Status Series 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. We’ve also run through American’s AAdvantage […]

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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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