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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?


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?


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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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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More Things to Know
  • 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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Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
N/A
Annual Fee
$550
Balance Transfer Fee
See Terms
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

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