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Status Match Tips, The Best Amex Card, Bonus Points & More

Jan. 23, 2016
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Status Match Tips, The Best Amex Card, Bonus Points & More
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Each Saturday, we round up news stories that you may have missed from the week before, including several that already appeared on The Points Guy, and some more that we haven’t covered yet. If you’re an avid TPG reader, scroll down for the new stuff. Here’s the top miles, points and travel news you may have missed this week:

Find out if the Amex Premier Rewards Gold or Platinum Card is better for you.

Amex Platinum or Premier Rewards Gold: Which is Best for You?

If you're planning to add a new Amex card to your strategy in 2016, you can't go wrong with the Amex Premier Rewards Gold or the Platinum Card — both have solid advantages, but the final choice comes down to preference.

Get your fourth night free at almost any hotel with the Citi Prestige.

Citi Prestige 4th Night Free Stays are Now Much Easier to Book

4th Night Free is one of Citi Prestige's best perks — and it just got much easier to use. Before this latest update, you had to jump through a few hoops to book, but now there's a simple solution.

Think again before deceiving airline agents.

Why You Shouldn't Mislead Agents When Status Matching

It may take more than a few screenshots and emails to get approved for a status match. One TPG reader recently found that Alaska Airlines independently verified his status with United and denied him a match based on this information. As it turns out, some airlines communicate with their competitors to verify claims, so beware if you plan to deceive them.

Use Expert Mode to boost your next flight.

How to Use United Expert Mode

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If you're a United flyer looking to get some value added to your award tickets, try out United's Expert Mode. With more control over your United MileagePlus account and flight itineraries, you could end up with some fantastic awards for your next trip.

In Other News…

Uber is the exclusive rideshare service of the Super Bowl. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Uber is the Exclusive Ridesharing Service of the Super Bowl

Headed to the Bay Area for the big game in February? You won't be getting there via Lyft. Uber recently announced it's the exclusive sponsor for the game with dedicated pickup and drop-off zones at Levi's Stadium.

This island could soon be a luxury resort. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Former Montenegro Concentration Camp to Become Luxury Resort

Developers in the Mediterranean country of Montenegro are planning to open a new luxury resort just off the coast of the mainland. The island, once home to a concentration camp during World War II, will now be the future location of one of the most luxurious hotels and restaurants in the region. Plans have been approved by Parliament for development of the Mamula Island Resort to begin immediately.

Earn bonus points with Club Carlson.

Earn Bonus Points With Club Carlson This Winter

Club Carlson is offering members the chance to earn 5,000 bonus Gold Points through March 31 after you stay at two different Carlson properties worldwide. The brand offers plenty of hotel options ranging from New York to Tokyo.

Earn double points with Virgin America through March. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Earn Double Points With Virgin America Elevate through February

Virgin America Elevate members can earn double points on flights booked and flown by the end of February. The airline's awards are based on ticket price, so there's no hard rule for what your trips will cost, but this is a great opportunity to bolster your Elevate account if you're traveling anytime soon.

Delta posted record profit in 2015.

Delta Posts Record Earnings in 2015

Happy with your latest SkyMiles redemption? Delta's not hurting too badly either. The airline posted a pre-tax profit of $5.9 billion for 2015. With low fuel prices and changes to its program, the airline's profit margins are performing well — especially compared to its competitors.

Featured image by United (and other Star Alliance award inventory) is now back on ExpertFlyer.
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