Your guide to American Airlines lifetime elite status

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with current information. It was originally published on April 2, 2019. Hearing the number “one million” has an alluring ring to it, as everyone conjures up images of the millionaire lifestyle and all the luxury that provides. Grinding out one million miles flying with the same airline, however, …

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The best credit cards to get for an almost-free Caribbean vacation

Written by Andrea M. Rotondo @ The Points Guy

It’s the dead of winter and you need a beach vacation with lots of sun — as soon as possible. We get it. We also get that you might be trying to keep your budget in check, so you’re looking for a Caribbean vacation without a big credit card bill waiting at the end of …

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The Critical Points: Did you fall short of elite status? Stop asking the program for help

Written by Richard Kerr @ The Points Guy

Each week in his column “The Critical Points,” TPG Loyalty and Engagement Editor Richard Kerr presents his opinion on a loyalty program, card product or recent news that he believes is overlooked, unsung or the result of groupthink taking mass opinion in a direction with which he doesn’t agree. His goal is not necessarily to convince you to agree with his position …

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Losing elite status at the end of January? Here’s what to do now

Written by Summer Hull and Nick Ewen @ The Points Guy

The start of a new year resets the clock on an array of perks and bonus opportunities in the world of points and miles. You have new Amex airline fee credits, a new chance to earn the Southwest Companion Pass for nearly two years and a fresh opportunity to earn free night certificates on cards …

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Hilton Honors to make lifetime status progress visible in 2020

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Hotel elite status can make life easy for frequent travelers by offering perks including room upgrades, free breakfast, bonus points and more. Unfortunately status is a very fleeting thing: After a year of aggressive travel trying to qualify for it, the clock resets on Jan. 1 and you have to do it all over again. …

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Do fifth night free awards apply to suites or only to standard rooms?

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Reader Questions are answered twice a week by TPG Senior Points & Miles Contributor Ethan Steinberg. One of the best ways to supercharge your redemption value for longer hotel stays is by taking advantage of the fifth night free on award nights offered by many hotel loyalty programs. This often amounts to an immediate 20% …

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Comparing car rental elite status

Written by Nick Ewen @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with current car rental elite status benefits. It was originally published on Oct. 15, 2015. We talk a lot about elite status here at The Points Guy, from identifying which airline is best for low-tier status to valuing hotel elite status for a variety of chains. However, we haven’t …

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A beginner’s guide to American Airlines economy seats

Written by JT Genter @ The Points Guy

Main Cabin Extra, Preferred, elite-only seats … oh my! When you go to select an economy seat on American Airlines, it might seem that every seat has some sort of designation. And if you’re selecting a seat close to the departure date, you might be left with having to pay to select a decent seat …

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Act fast: You can earn Delta Silver Medallion status with just one trip

Written by Clint Henderson @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: This post has been updated to reflect the fact that you can earn Silver status with the one trip. There’s an incredible opportunity to earn elite status with Delta Air Lines, and in business class no less. The flights are operated by Delta’s SkyTeam partner, China Eastern, and both originate at New York-JFK. …

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Splitting time: What should Prince Harry and Meghan’s frequent flyer strategy be?

Written by Christian Kramer @ The Points Guy

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex surprised the world on Wednesday with their announcement that they intend to step back from their roles as senior royals and become financially independent. In addition, the couple said they plan to split their time between the United Kingdom and North America. Prince Harry and Meghan made the announcement …

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United offering 2020 status match challenge for elite status until 2021 or 2022

Written by Nick Reyes @ Frequent Miler's Quick Deals

United Mileage Plus is currently offering a new status match challenge for 2020. The wording on the promo page indicates that this challenge opportunity is expected to stick around throughout 2020, so whether to do it now or later will depend on when you need to have United status. Those who match now and meet the criteria to maintain status will keep it through January 2021 and those who complete the match after July 1,…

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Earn unlimited bonus points on Hilton stays through May 3

Written by Katherine Fan @ The Points Guy

Want to get a head start on accumulating Hilton points? The hotel brand is offering Hilton Honors members 2,000 bonus points per stay completed at any hotel or resort within the Hilton portfolio. Eligible stays must be completed by May 3, and participants can earn an uncapped bonus of 10,000 points per 10 nights completed. …

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United launches its 2020 status match challenge

Written by Carissa Rawson @ The Points Guy

In October of last year United ended its status match program, with promises that it would relaunch in 2020. United has kept that promise and the status match challenge page is now live, complete with the requirements for United’s updated rewards program. Those looking to match must be coming from either Delta or American Airlines, …

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The top 6 benefits of Hilton Diamond status

Written by Ethan Steinberg @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information. The Hilton Honors program has undergone significant changes in the last few years, including a name change and the addition of a number of new features like the ability to pool points with friends and family. While Hilton’s variable award pricing raised the cost …

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Surprise! Check your account for unexpected Southwest elite status

Written by Jasmin Baron @ The Points Guy

While this month can be a downer for those who didn’t qualify for airline elite status last year, some flyers are receiving a very welcome New Year’s gift in the form of Southwest A-List elite status. TPG reader Megan McGuire emailed us to report she’d been awarded Southwest A-List status through June 30, 2020. And …

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If you didn’t requalify for airline elite status, here’s what you should know

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

Did a last-ditch mileage run not plan out? Were you short a few hundred dollars or miles of reaching status? If this sounds familiar, and you didn’t requalify for airline elite status, this post is for you. We’ve talked about specific last-minute elite-qualification strategies for Delta, United, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Southwest, but today …

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Credit cards reporter Madison Blancaflor: Three 2020 travel resolutions from a beginner traveler

Written by Madison Blancaflor @ The Points Guy

2019 was a huge year for me. I joined TPG team, took my first points-funded trip and took more overall trips than ever before. But as amazing as 2019 was, I hope 2020 will be filled with twice as much adventure. As I dive headfirst into making my 2020 New Year’s resolutions, I’m also thinking …

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Points and miles writer Vikkie Walker: My four 2020 travel resolutions

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

I try to avoid setting New Year’s resolutions, mainly because I don’t keep them. In 2019, I resolved to go to the gym more. Ask me how many times I went to the gym last year. In 2018, I said I’d start saving for a house. That did not happen. So this year, I’m setting …

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A stolen passport and trip to a Cabo jail aren’t the only ways to get elite status

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

What are you willing to do to keep airline elite status? Mileage runs to far-flung destinations aren’t uncommon, but are you willing to spend a night in jail for top tier status? A Twitter user claims that’s what happened on a last-ditch quest for elite status, and what ensued after (if true) is the plot …

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New United MileagePlus credits have started posting

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional information.  In October, United shocked frequent flyers by announcing that you’ll no longer earn miles toward status tiers. Instead, qualification will be based solely on two new metrics: Premier Qualifying Points (PQPs) and Premier Qualifying Flights (PQFs). Related: United Airlines makes big changes to how we …

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