7 Points and Miles Tasks to Complete Before the End of 2015

With 2016 only two months away, it’s a great time to take stock of your points and miles activity from the current year, and to meet any lingering spending requirements before it’s too late. TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen walks you through an essential checklist for getting your loyalty accounts in order….

When Do My Airline Benefits Begin Once I Earn Elite Status?

TPG reader Bart emailed to ask about earning elite status: “I’m about to take a trip that will put me over the mileage threshold for United Premier Silver status (I’ve already met the revenue requirements). I have other upcoming travel, and would love a shot at an upgrade. How long will it take for my status to kick in?” Airline elite…

How Do I Earn Million Miler Airline Status?

TPG reader Joanna emailed to ask about lifetime elite status: “What exactly is a million miler balance, and which flights count toward your total?” If you’ve seen Up in the Air, you might remember the pivotal scene where George Clooney’s character finally crosses the ten-million-mile threshold on American Airlines, earning permanent high-level elite status in the process. While the onboard celebration…

Expiring Elite Upgrade and Perks Exchange for Winter 2015

Do you have some expiring upgrades or airline perks that you don’t plan to use? Or perhaps you’re in need of some for an upcoming flight? Scroll on down to swap your benefits expiring this winter! Update: One reader has written in to say that United has opened an investigation after he applied Global Premier Upgrades to the…

Credit Card and Elite Status Perks That May Be Expiring in 2015

Airlines and credit cards offer some fantastic perks each year, but you often only have until the clock strikes midnight on December 31 to take advantage. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Nick Ewen takes a look at which of these perks you’ll need to use up before the end of 2015. It seems…

Matching Status to My New Airline — TPG Reader Success Story

One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives — the exotic vacations they’ve planned, the trips they’ve made to be with family and friends, the premium seats and suites they’ve experienced and so much more, all…

When Will Elite Credits Post for End-of-Year Travel?

TPG reader Angela emailed to ask about qualifying for elite status at the end of the year: “I’m planning to book an international flight that leaves before Dec 31, 2015 and returns in 2016. I’m on the verge of getting Delta Gold Medallion status for next year, but I need some more MQDs to get there. Will this…

Earn Double Points with Virgin America This Fall

Virgin America has made it quite easy for frequent flyers to earn status before the end-of-year deadline. In September, Amex and Virgin introduced a partnership that rewards Elevate Gold Status for transferring points, and now Virgin is offering double Elevate points on travel this fall, which count towards status. Elevate members will have until November…

Free Hilton HHonors Gold Status with the American Express Platinum Card

Update: Amex has confirmed that this is a new benefit of the Platinum card, not a limited-time offer. Primary card members can register here, while secondary members will need to call the number on the back of the card to receive the upgraded status. Back in 2013, the Platinum Card from American Express was offering…

Will I Earn Miles and Elite Status on Award Flights?

Our rookie question of the week comes from TPG reader Joey, who sent me a message on Facebook to ask about whether his recent flight earns elite-qualifying miles: “I booked award travel using AAdvantage miles to fly from LGA-CLT-PDX, and bought an upgrade to first. I’m counting on the miles and segments from that flight to help me…