Elite Status

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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Update on the American Airlines Elite Status Fast Track Promo – It Was Targeted But Should Be Honored

August 16, 2013

Earlier this week, American Airlines posted what looked like a public promotion for fast-track elite status where where non-elites can earn Gold, Platinum or Executive Platinum status faster and keep it through February 28, 2015. To qualify, you only had to fly the following amount of miles: Gold: 6,000 elite-qualifying miles Platinum: 12,000 elite-qualifying miles Executive […]

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Spotlight on Starwood Elite Status and Why I Continue To Requalify for Platinum

August 14, 2013

Update: Offers for the Starwood Amex cards have changed. Visit these links to see the current offers for the Starwood business and personal cards. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. When it comes to hotel elite status, there’s a lot to consider among the various chains. […]

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I Have The Southwest Companion Pass, Now How Do I Achieve A-List Status?

August 11, 2013

TPG reader Adam has earned a Southwest Companion Pass, but now wants to reach the A-List level. “@thepointsguy I’ve knocked out the Southwest Companion Pass for the next 18 months, but do you have any advice for working on A-List, or is that pure bum-in-seat?”  Last year Southwest really revamped its A-List elite program and added […]

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Comparing US Airways Special Dividends To American Elite Rewards

July 31, 2013

The impending merger of US Airways and American Airlines naturally sparks speculation about what will happen with their elite travel programs and what benefits will still be available for each. I recently took a close look at American’s Elite Rewards and how to qualify, so wanted to do the same with the US Airways Special […]

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Determining What Spending Counts Toward United’s Premier Qualifying Dollars

July 29, 2013

Following Delta’s lead, United  announced earlier this year that they would start instituting a new revenue-based elite status program in 2014. As a recap, in addition to flying the normal amount of Premier-qualifying miles or segments for each elite tier, US-based United Premier members will need to either spend $25,000 dollars a year on a United MileagePlus credit card […]

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Top 10: Premium Credit Cards for High Rollers (Or Those Who Think They Are)

July 23, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The offer mentioned below for the Business Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Credit cards are kind of like automobiles – there’s a wide range from your cheap, no-frills […]

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