Airline and Hotel Elite Status & Upgrade Essentials

Jun 21, 2017

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Looking for a fast-pass to elite status? Want to know the requirements . . . and the perks? Or if all the time and trouble it takes to get elite status is even worth it? Are you looking for upgrade advice on your upcoming flight? If so, you’re in the right place.  See links to posts written by our highly knowledgeable team of points industry veterans, selected specifically to help you learn the ins and outs of airline and hotel elite status .

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Elite Status Essentials – Airlines

Interested in learning the basics of elite status? Look no further:

Tips for become elite quickly:

Want to book through a credit card portal, but not sure if you’ll get airline miles or elite perks?

  • Will I Get Airline Miles & Elite Benefits With Portal Bookings?

Comparing Elite Status – Airlines

Interested in elite status, but not sure which is best? See these posts:


Upgrade Essentials – Airlines


Alaska Airlines

What’s Alaska Elite Status worth?

Trying to earn elite status, but expecting a child? Can’t travel?


American Airlines

What’s AA Elite Status worth?

Is it worth it? TPG himself is skeptical. Read about it, here:


Delta Air Lines

What’s Delta Elite Status worth?

Looking for a card to obtain elite status?


JetBlue Airways

What’s JetBlue Elite Status Worth?

Make the most of your JetBlue Mosaic Status


United Airlines

What’s United Elite Status worth?

Looking for a way around the fees?


Southwest Airlines

What’s Southwest Elite Status Worth?


Elite Status Essentials – Hotels

Looking for tips to become elite?

The right credit card will make it easier.

Is hotel elite status even worth it?


Comparing Elite Status – Hotels

Interested in the best — and most valuable — hotel elite status?

  • Comparing Hotel Elite Status

Upgrade Essentials – Hotels

Increase your chances of getting upgraded with these tips:


IHG

What’s IHG Elite Status worth?


Hyatt

What’s World of Hyatt Elite Status worth?


Hilton

What’s Hilton Honors Elite Status worth?


Ritz-Carlton

What’s Ritz-Carlton Rewards Elite Status worth?


SPG/Marriott

What’s SPG Elite Status worth?

What’s Marriott Elite Status worth?

 


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Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 90,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new card in the first three months of card membership. Offer ends 11/10/2021.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

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More Things to Know
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 Bonus Miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer expires 11/10/2021.
  • Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
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  • $250 Annual Fee.
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Annual Fee
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Balance Transfer Fee
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