Starwood Announces New Platinum Elite Choice Benefits

Earlier this month, Starwood Preferred Guest announced that a new selection of benefits was coming for 50-night Platinum elites. Those members currently receive 10 Suite Night awards for reaching the 50-night threshold; however, the new selection has been revealed, and as of March 9th, SPG members who stay 50 nights a year will have their choice of the following: 10…

Etihad Guest Offers Complimentary Gold Status Match

Etihad has announced that it will offer complimentary Etihad Guest Gold status to elite travelers enrolled in other airline’s loyalty programs. In order to qualify for the offer, you must hold Gold status or higher on any other airline worldwide. Status match promotions have become family common with the increased competition among airline carriers, and travelers…

Shortcuts to Hotel Elite Status: Cards, Spending, and More

I’ve gotten a lot of great value out of hotel status (like Hyatt Diamond) over the years, but meeting the night and stay requirements can be a challenge. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen describes some alternative ways to earn those benefits. Hotel elite status can make or break a trip. Sometimes the on-property benefits…

How to Status Match on Emirates Skywards

A status match can be an easy way to jump from having no status with an airline or hotel to gaining preferred treatment as a top-tier customer. Today, TPG Contributor Leigh Rowan outlines the steps he took recently to get Emirates Skywards Silver status. Late last year, I booked an Emirates economy ticket from SFO to Bangkok (via…

SPG & Elite Status: Why Are All Stays Counted the Same?

TPG reader Vito tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy—”Why does SPG count a night in a $100 room in Duluth the same as a $1,000 villa at the St. Regis Bali? First off, they don’t count it exactly the same, since you’ll earn a lot more Starpoints for staying in the more expensive room. Hotels are typically revenue-based, and the…

How to Challenge for AAdvantage Platinum Status

As the Elite Status year ends and renews on March 1, many frequent flyers are scrambling to maintain status on a variety of airlines. Today, TPG’s COO Leigh Rowan explains how he’s gunning for American Airlines AAdvantage Platinum status—even though he hasn’t stepped on an AA plane in over a year. Like many faithful TPG…

How Much Is Club Carlson Elite Status Worth?

Whether you qualified for elite status in 2014 or fell short, the new year presents an opportunity to assess just how much that status means to you, and whether to pursue it again this year. Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen evaluates each level of Club Carlson elite status to help you decide. Hotel status can be quite valuable,…

Hilton HHonors Launches Lifetime Diamond Elite Status

Today, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen writes about a major update from the Hilton HHonors program. Last July, my first Weekly Wish column laid out my desire for Hilton HHonors to implement a lifetime status program. After all, Hyatt Gold Passport, Marriott Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest all offer members a way to…

100,000 Hilton HHonors Points for Diamond Members (Targeted)

Today TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Nick Ewen shares an amazing bonus targeted at Hilton HHonors elite members. Hilton HHonors recently announced that it would be taking a new approach to promotions by offering only two per year (instead of one each quarter) and implementing more targeted offers based on “your level of activity within the…

New Starwood Platinum Elite Benefits Choices Coming in March

Starwood Preferred Guest is getting ready to announce new elite benefits for its 50-night Platinum elites starting in March. Per this promotional page: “Platinum Members with 50 eligible nights can choose their rewards benefit. Coming soon: We will be unveiling a selection of rewards that will allow eligible members to pick the reward that suits…