Elite Status

Here are all the posts I've ever written on the topic of Elite Status.

The Difference Between Award Miles and Elite Qualifying Miles

Ross emailed me yesterday with a question about the United MileagePlus Explorer credit card. His question wasn’t so much about how to earn the bonus miles offered for new applications but what the difference is between award miles, qualifying miles, and … [Read more...]

Which Is the Best Hotel Loyalty Program?

This month I've been updating my comparison tables of hotel loyalty programs, and a big thanks is due to everyone who has helped point out corrections. (A few more than usual this year....) I started creating these tables for airlines and hotels in 2013 as a … [Read more...]

A Revenue Model for Alaska’s Mileage Plan Could Be Good

I first heard rumors from One Mile at a Time that Alaska Airlines is sending out a survey with questions that suggest it plans to implement a new revenue-based loyalty program instead of the traditional model that awards miles and status based on distance … [Read more...]

How Credit Cards Affect the Cost of a Free Night

During an on-going analysis of hotel loyalty programs, I decided to take a look at the credit card bonuses each offered. There is an opportunity cost when you use a co-branded card rather than some other credit card. For example, you may give up 2.14 Ultimate … [Read more...]

Comparing Hotel Elite Status in 2014

I've finally found time to finish creating my comparison tables of hotel elite status in 2014. These things always get ripped to shreds in the first draft, so I won't do much analysis in this post; I'll wait until later this week. But do feel free to comment. … [Read more...]