What elite standing TPG’s factors and miles crew is protecting for 2023

Elite standing could make your travels extra fulfilling and rewarding — particularly when issues go improper. Our crew of frequent vacationers has scored upgrades, loved lounge entry and saved numerous hours on the telephone when issues go improper, because of elite-specific telephone traces.

Throughout our 4 factors and miles staffers, we’ve earned a wide range of statuses throughout the most important resort and airline loyalty applications. At the moment, we’ll offer you an insider look into which statuses our crew is protecting, upgrading or downgrading for 2023, and why they’re doing so.

Use this as inspiration to your personal elite standing targets for 2023 and past.

Katie Genter, senior author

I plan to requalify for a number of resort and airline statuses by the top of the yr (or by the top of February 2023 for AAdvantage standing).

I am not discussing all the elite statuses I am incomes this yr on this story. Nonetheless, this is a have a look at why I earned IHG One Rewards Diamond Elite standing for the primary time, and why I am requalifying for World of Hyatt Globalist, American Airways Govt Platinum and Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite.

IHG One Rewards Diamond Elite

InterContinental Danang Solar Peninsula Resort in Vietnam. KATIE GENTER/THE POINTS GUY

For a few years, I’ve held Platinum Elite standing in IHG’s loyalty program as a perk of the IHG® Rewards Premier Credit score Card.

Nonetheless, after IHG launched its new IHG One Rewards program this yr, I used IHG’s standing problem to earn Diamond Elite standing after simply 15 qualifying nights. Sometimes, it takes 70 qualifying nights or 120,000 qualifying factors inside a calendar yr to earn Diamond Elite standing with IHG.

IHG’s refreshed loyalty program presents its members a set of helpful advantages. For instance, members earn milestone rewards each 10 elite-qualifying nights, starting at 20 nights and persevering with by way of 100 nights.

You’ll be able to choose numerous perks by way of these milestone rewards, together with a confirmable suite improve after 20, 40 and 70 nights and an annual lounge membership after 40 or 70 nights.

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Moreover, Diamond Elite standing is extra interesting now that IHG lets Diamond Elite members choose breakfast as a welcome amenity at full-service and select-service manufacturers. I’ve had higher luck with upgrades for the reason that rollout of the brand new IHG One Rewards program. I additionally proceed to get wonderful worth when redeeming IHG factors, which makes it straightforward to make use of my Diamond Elite perks.

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World of Hyatt Globalist

Alila Fort Bishangarh in India. KATIE GENTER/THE POINTS GUY

I first earned World of Hyatt Globalist standing in 2021 when the elite evening necessities have been decreased. Nonetheless, it was a precedence for me to requalify for Globalist standing this yr as I’ve loved my Globalist advantages and reserving off-peak Class 1 award nights for simply 3,500 factors per evening.

I am simply 4 nights away from requalifying for Globalist and I am going to simply get these nights by the top of 2022. My favourite perks of World of Hyatt Globalist standing up to now have been:

  • Waived parking charges on award stays.
  • Waived resort charges on all stays.
  • Beneficiant upgrades (that have been seen in my account earlier than examine in) on many stays.
  • Assured 4 p.m. late check-out after I want it.
  • Complimentary breakfast.

I additionally take pleasure in that I can match my Globalist standing to MGM Rewards and get MGM Rewards Gold standing (which provides me waived resort charges after I guide Las Vegas stays by way of MGM Rewards).

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American Airways Govt Platinum


I’ve held American Airways Govt Platinum standing since 2016 and plan to requalify through the present qualification interval.

American Airways shifted its elite qualification interval when it launched Loyalty Factors as the brand new qualification scheme. So, I’ve till the top of February 2023 to earn 200,000 Loyalty Factors (the present requirement for Govt Platinum standing).

I’ve earned 134,477 of the 200,000 Loyalty Factors I would like for Govt Platinum. Even so, I ought to hit the required threshold by the top of February 2023 with flights, SimplyMiles, AAdvantage eShopping and spending on American Airways bank cards.

I am wanting to requalify for American Airways Govt Platinum as an alternative of stopping at Platinum Professional (which I’ve already certified for based mostly on Loyalty Factors) for:

  • Greater complimentary improve precedence on American marketed and operated flights inside the U.S. and between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Bermuda and Central America.
  • Complimentary upgrades on AAdvantage award tickets for journey inside North America on American.
  • One other loyalty alternative reward.
  • 120% mileage bonus on high of base miles when flying with American and taking part Oneworld airways.

I additionally put little bit of worth in having Oneworld Emerald standing — which is obtainable to each AAdvantage Platinum Professional and Govt Platinum elites — because of the first-class lounge entry and first-class precedence check-in traces this standing supplies.

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Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite

Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance Disneyland in California. SUMMER HULL/THE POINTS GUY

Lastly, I am going to additionally requalify for Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite standing, a standing I first earned in 2021. Since I’ve each the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit score Card and Marriott Bonvoy Enterprise® American Categorical® Card — every giving me 15 elite evening credit every year — I solely want 45 extra elite evening credit every year to earn Titanium Elite standing.

Despite the fact that we centered on getting my husband to the 75 elite evening threshold first this yr with Marriott, I ought to finish 2022 with 78 elite nights, three greater than I must requalify for Titanium Elite. We each wished to requalify for Titanium Elite standing this yr as an alternative of stopping at Platinum Elite for the next incremental perks:

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Andrew Kunesh, senior factors and miles editor

I centered on three elite statuses this yr: two resort statuses and one airline elite standing. I downgraded certainly one of my resort statuses, upgraded one other and maintained top-tier elite standing with my airline of alternative. I may also “by accident” earn standing with one other airline by the top of 2022.

American Airways Gold


I am at the moment 3,500 Loyalty Factors away from incomes American’s entry-level elite standing, Gold. That stated, I have never really flown on an American flight this yr.

So, how will I earn American Gold? Easy: I do the American purchasing portal, credit score automotive leases to American and leverage SimplyMiles after they align with my purchasing wants. That is largely as a result of I extremely worth American miles for reserving companion tickets like Etihad enterprise class.

I just lately opened a brand new AAdvantage bank card with a $2,000 minimal spend. As soon as I meet this and full the three Avis leases I’ve deliberate earlier than the top of the yr, I’ll qualify for American Gold standing. I am undecided how typically I am going to really use it, however will probably be good to have on the off-chance I must fly American or a Oneworld companion subsequent yr.

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Delta Diamond Medallion


Delta has been my airline of alternative since I began at TPG in 2020. I earned Diamond Medallion for the primary time final yr and I am on observe to maintain it with the journey I’ve deliberate over the following two-and-a-half months. This features a ticket from New York to Johannesburg on companion Virgin Atlantic, which can earn over $5,000 Medallion qualifying {dollars} (MQD) regardless of the ticket costing simply over $2,000 in premium financial system.

I’ve loved a roughly 60% improve charge on Delta home flights this yr, and have been in a position to redeem three of my 4 World Improve Certificates (GUC). That plus the Sky Membership companion move, bonus mileage incomes and devoted Diamond help line have made Diamond properly price it as I journey worldwide.

Incomes Diamond Medallion for 2024 will likely be tougher, although. The airline just lately introduced it might increase the MQD requirement for Diamond from $15,000 to $20,000, so I must fly extra and guide long-haul flights on companion airways to earn MQD based mostly on miles flown, not value.

World of Hyatt Explorist


I attempted to make it to Hyatt Globalist this yr, however it’s trying like I’ll decide on Explorist except I guide an prolonged staycation.

My account at the moment has 27 elite nights with 4 extra booked by the top of 2022. This may land me with Explorist standing within the close to future, which is an improve from the Discoverist standing I’ve held since 2020.

Subsequent yr, I plan to strive tougher for Globalist by opening a Hyatt cobranded bank card as soon as I am underneath 5/24 in January.

Marriott Platinum Elite

Le Roch Resort & Spa, Design Assortment in Paris. ANDREW KUNESH/THE POINTS GUY

I’ll finish the yr with 62 Marriott elite nights, which will not qualify me for the Titanium Elite standing I earned final yr.

However that is OK with me. I have never gotten a lot worth from my Marriott standing this yr, as most of my stays are lower-end properties like Courtyards and TownePlace Suites.

I am going to miss the upper bonus factors incomes, however I’ll get lots of the identical advantages when staying at higher-end properties like free breakfast and lounge entry (when relevant). At lower-end properties, I doubt I am going to know the distinction.

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Ehsan Haque, factors and miles reporter

Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite

JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa. KATHRYN ROMEYN/THE POINTS GUY

I first earned Marriott Bonvoy Titanium standing this yr, and it has been extremely useful for me.

Since I’ve each the Marriott Bonvoy Good™ American Categorical® Card and the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit score Card in my pockets, I am already midway to Titanium Elite standing. Between the 2 playing cards, I’ve 40 elite evening credit. I solely want 35 extra nights to achieve Titanium Elite yearly.

Probably the most helpful advantages for me have been the Suite Night time Awards and the 4 p.m. late checkout. I utilized Suite Night time Awards on my final 4 one-night stays at Marriott and, luckily, all of them have been accepted. I used to be fairly pleased with the suites I used to be given at every of these properties. I additionally benefit from 4 p.m. checkouts when flying house on late-night flights.

Air Canada Aeroplan 25K


I additionally plan to requalify for Aeroplan 25K standing.

Aeroplan 25K has additionally been very nice for me this previous yr. In 2021, I opened the Chase Aeroplan bank card which gave me Aeroplan 25K standing. The cardboard supplies automated Aeroplan 25K Standing for the rest of the calendar yr during which you apply, plus the next calendar yr.

You’ll be able to preserve your Aeroplan 25K Standing with $15,000 in account spend throughout a calendar yr, which I plan to do. Aeroplan 25K does present some good advantages similar to:

  • Free checked baggage.
  • 50% low cost on Most popular seats.
  • Precedence airport companies: quicker service at check-in.
  • 20 eUpgrade credit.
  • Star Alliance Silver standing.

As somebody who travels to Toronto frequently, one of the crucial helpful perks of Aeroplan 25K is that members obtain precedence telephone entry and are ranked above non-elite passengers on the standby waitlist. This was useful for me just a few weeks in the past when certainly one of my Air Canada flights was canceled. I rapidly obtained on the telephone and was rebooked on a later flight inside 5 minutes.

I additionally love the eUpgrade credit. Because the title suggests, these allow you to improve to raised cabins on Air Canada flights. The variety of credit is decided by just a few metrics such because the cabin you want to improve to, the gap you journey and the fare you buy. I’ve been in a position to make use of these on flights between Chicago and Toronto, giving me a bit extra consolation on the brief jaunt.

Kyle Olsen, factors and miles reporter

Through the early days of the pandemic, I created enterprise partnerships with Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt resorts to deal with college students in empty resorts. I earned 5 million Marriott factors, 4 million Hilton factors, and 1 million Hyatt factors from that enterprise enterprise.

With many factors nonetheless in my accounts, I’ve prioritized requalifying for top-tier standing with every of my favourite resort manufacturers whereas additionally incomes standing on United and American.

United Airways Premier 1K


I have been a Premier 1K member since 2016, so United has lengthy been my most popular provider. By leveraging a few of the hidden gems within the MileagePlus program, I’ve routinely been in a position to redeem my United miles for five cents apiece.

A few of my favourite Premier 1K advantages embrace:

By means of United’s Star Alliance companions, I have been in a position to requalify for Premier 1K standing for a fraction of the traditional worth.

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Marriott Bonvoy Ambassador Elite


Whereas Marriott has an incredible portfolio of resorts, I have never been thrilled with the Ambassador Elite program. With the latest adjustments to the Marriott Bonvoy Good™ American Categorical® Card, extra Marriott Bonvoy members may have Platinum Elite standing. That implies that a sudden inflow of recent Platinum Elite members might devalue high-end advantages like suite upgrades and breakfast.

Nonetheless, for lots of the causes that Katie and Ehsan have already talked about, I’ve discovered myself requalifying for Ambassador Elite standing for:

  • 17.5 factors per greenback on most Marriott stays.
  • Complimentary suites upgrades on most stays.
  • Complimentary breakfast for 2 folks at most manufacturers.
  • Property-specific welcome items like complimentary massages and in-room facilities.

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American Airways Platinum


After being intrigued by American’s new Loyalty Factors system, I participated in a company standing match to AAdvantage Platinum utilizing my United standing. As with my United standing, by flying with American’s companions on long-haul, cheap, premium cabin flights, I have been in a position to earn Loyalty Factors for inexpensive than what it might value by flying American flights.

Listed here are a few of the advantages of AAdvantage Platinum that I am glad to have locked in:

  • Oneworld Sapphire standing for superior seat assignments and enterprise class lounge entry on most flights.
  • Most important Cabin Further seating on the time of reserving.
  • 1 World of Hyatt level per greenback spent on American flights.
  • Upgrades to premium-class on Alaska flights and Even Extra Area on JetBlue.

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World of Hyatt Globalist


Like Katie, I first certified for Globalist standing with Hyatt in 2021 when standing necessities have been diminished and a few nights from 2020 rolled over. Though I have never obtained as many suite upgrades from Globalist standing as from Marriott Ambassador Elite, listed below are a few of my favourite Hyatt Globalist advantages:

  • Breakfast for as much as 4 registered friends (and Hyatt’s breakfasts are infamous for providing a full buffet reasonably than restricted continental choices).
  • Waived resort or vacation spot charges.
  • Waived parking charges on award stays.
  • Beneficial redeemable resort factors.
  • 1 American mile (and Loyalty Level) per greenback on Hyatt stays.

I even have the World of Hyatt Credit score Card, which earns 4 bonus factors per greenback on Hyatt purchases and has a Class 1-4 certificates. The cardboard additionally provides me 5 elite nights per yr towards my Hyatt standing and an additional two elite nights per yr for each $5,000 spent on the cardboard.

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Nationwide Govt Elite

Though it might sound unusual to incorporate a automotive rental standing on this article, my Nationwide Automobile Rental standing has gone above and past this yr. After doing a standing match to Govt Elite standing from United Airways Premier 1K, Nationwide has routinely supplied upgrades to German luxurious automobiles on my leases.

Nationwide Govt Elite standing supplies numerous different advantages like no second driver charges, non-public airport supply and the power to earn a free day after simply 5 rental credit (you earn one rental credit score per rental underneath seven days).

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Backside line

As you possibly can see, every of our staffers has our most popular elite standing and causes for pursuing them. Throughout the board, Marriott and Hyatt statuses are widespread primarily because of the beneficiant upgrades, breakfasts and factors. Nonetheless, with latest Marriott devaluations, it is a good suggestion to redeem your factors ahead of later.

In the meantime, the factors and miles crew is detached on airways. Now we have top-tier American, Delta and United elites, and even an entry-level Air Canada elite on the crew. Every of us has our personal causes for our airline loyalty, however all of us benefit from the upgrades and precedence help that include our desired standing tier.

Now is an efficient time so that you can take inventory of your 2023 elite standing qualification, too. Audit your accounts and be sure that you are on observe to earn your required elite tier earlier than it is too late. In case you want just a few extra miles, qualifying {dollars} or elite nights to hit your required tier, begin considering by way of the most effective methods to achieve them earlier than the top of December.

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