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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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American Express® Gold Card

With some great bonus categories, the American Express Gold Card has a lot going for it. The card offers 4x points at US restaurants, at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x), and 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com. It is currently offering a welcome bonus of 35,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 3 months.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. restaurants. Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • Earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with The Gold Card at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. This is an annual savings of up to $120. Enrollment required.
  • $100 Airline Fee Credit: up to $100 in statement credits per calendar year for incidental fees at one selected qualifying airline.
  • Choose to carry a balance with interest on eligible charges of $100 or more.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
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Annual Fee
$250
Balance Transfer Fee
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Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

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