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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 Delta.com

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 delta.com 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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Maximize Monday: Airline and Hotel Elite Status Matches and Challenges

July 22, 2013

On the heels of some legacy airlines revamping their elite status programs to include a revenue-based element, with United Adding Premier Qualifying Dollars and Delta Adding Medallion Qualifying Dollars, I wanted to give readers an update of all the ways to status challenge and status match so that they can take advantage of elite status before having to […]

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Determining What Spending Counts Toward Medallion Qualifying Dollars

July 10, 2013

Delta announced earlier this year that they would start instituting a new revenue-based Medallion elite status program in 2014. As a recap, in addition to flying the normal about of Medallion-qualifying miles or segments for each elite tier, US-based Delta SkyMiles Medallion members will need to buck up and either spend $25,000 dollars a year on […]

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Aeroplan Announces Major Miles Devaluation, New Credit Cards and Elite Spending Program

July 1, 2013

Air Canada’s Aeroplan Rewards program is launching some major changes to its program starting January 1, 2014, including a big devaluating overhaul of mileage award redemptions, signing a deal with a new credit card partner, eliminating mileage expiration, and instituting a new revenue-based program of elite status benefits. Award Chart Changes There were several major […]

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Maximize Monday: Using Hyatt’s Partnership With MGM Resorts For Cheap Las Vegas Stays And Elite Status

June 24, 2013

Last week, Hyatt entered a partnership with MGM Resorts, opening up 12 properties in Las Vegas where Hyatt Gold Passport members can now earn and redeem points, as well as earning stay/night credit toward elite status qualification, so I thought I would take a look at how Hyatt Gold Passport members can maximize this new […]

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New Revenue Based Elite Status Programs: Key Details And My Take On The Winners and Losers

June 20, 2013

This week United joined Delta in instituting revenue requirements for their elite status program. While many of the comments about these changes have been negative, these aren’t necessarily bad for everyone. Based on the spending and mileage requirements for each tier, United and Delta are basically saying that you need to spend at least 10 […]

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United Adding New Revenue Requirements: Premier Qualifying Dollars

June 18, 2013

Airlines are big copycats. This can be good for the consumer when one airline has a fare sale and others match, but it can also be bad when one airline adds a fee or reduces benefits and others match. Earlier this year, Delta announced they would be adding a revenue requirement to re-qualify for elite […]

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Should You Be Content With The Airline Elite Status You Have Or Go For More?

June 16, 2013

TPG reader Lou is mapping out his airline elite status strategy for the rest of the year. He’s already achieved the top tier on United and is pondering whether or not to go for elite status on a second airline. He asks: “It’s June and I just qualified for Platinum status on United Airlines and […]

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American Airlines Discontinuing Soft Landings for AAdvantage Members

May 22, 2013

Historically some airlines, like American, have given “soft landings” to elite members who didn’t quite re-qualify for their elite status. Instead of dropping these elites to the cold hard world of non-elites, they’d drop them down a level to hopefully keep them engaged and wanted to keep their business with the airline and earn back […]

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My Virgin America Elevate Gold Status Ends – So What?

May 20, 2013

Back in December, Virgin America was offering status matches to the elite flyers of America and United, so I was able to match from my Executive Platinum status on American to Elevate’s highest (of two) status tier, Gold. My new status was good for four months, until April 30, 2013. In order to have extended […]

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My SPG Platinum Requalification Gift Choice: Double Starpoints or 35% Award Discount

May 7, 2013

Starwood offers elites who requalify for their tier in 2013 a choice of elite gifts. Golds who requalify (10 stays/25 nights) get the choice of a 25% discount on one award stay or double points for a month, and Platinums (25 stays/50 nights) get the choice of a 35% discount on one award stay or […]

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Maximize Monday: Avoiding Airline Fees

May 6, 2013

As airline fees continue to rise on everything from ticket changes/cancellations to carry-on bags, to lounge memberships to on-board snacks, now is the time to pay more attention than ever to how much you’ll be paying to fly and how you can get out of some of these fees so you can maximize your travel […]

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