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From free-checked bags to expedited boarding, earning elite status can be worth its weight in gold (or platinum!) on different airlines. With the announcement earlier this week that American Airlines has partnered with Cadillac to offer their Concierge Key members free plane-side tarmac transfers, elite status has just been taken up a notch.

A $500 American Airlines gift card can be yours, enter to win today!
A $500 American Airlines gift card can be yours, enter to win today!

Although earning this ultra-elite status is difficult, we wanted to give someone the chance to get just that much closer. This week, we are giving one lucky reader a $500 American Airlines gift certificate to use on the flight of their choice! To enter to win, visit our Facebook Page, Remember, when you share it on your wall, tweet it out or send an invite, every time one of your friends enters, you get an extra entry!

Last Week’s Winner

Last week we announced that the Chase Ink Plus card featuring a limited time only sign-up bonus where you’ll earn 70,000 points when you spend $5,000 in 3 months. Of the several transfer partners through Chase Ultimate Rewards is Southwest Airlines and in honor of the LTO, we gave one lucky reader a $500 Southwest gift card. Congrats to TPG reader John N. on winning!

Congrats to TPG Reader John N. on winning a $500 gift card to fly the new Southwest livery!
Congrats to TPG Reader John N. on winning a $500 gift card to fly the new Southwest livery!

Congrats to our winner, and stay tuned for more great giveaways here on the blog and on TPG TwitterFacebook and Instagram. Safe travels!

The Platinum Card® from American Express

The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.

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  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
  • $550 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
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