My Plans for Elite Status in 2015: Who am I giving my money to?

In just 2 weeks, we’ll see the start of a new year, and, unfortunately, the reset button on elite status qualification.

So, I decided it would be worthwhile to take a look at my elite status strategy for 2015, and where I’ll be spending my time and money. From this post, I am excluding all elite status levels that are free (for example: SPG Gold status from having the American Express Platinum Card). Only included here is status levels to which I personally pay for stays, flights, etc., in.

Limited Time Offers Up To 50,000 Points

American Airlines

Executive Platinum status is quite valuable, and so long as American keeps their current program in place, I’m happy with what’s on offer.

Things I appreciate most about EXP:

  • Free award ticket redeposits and changes
  • Complimentary domestic upgrades
  • 8 systemwide upgrades

Most likely, I’ll be qualifying on miles, which means I’ll need to fly 100,000 miles to retain the status moving forward.

Kimpton Inner Circle

I consider Kimpton’s Inner Circle status one of the most valuable hotel elite status programs. In just a few stays, you can earn a free night. If you stay at 10 different properties, you’ll earn 2 more free nights. Plus, you’ll earn free nights at all the new properties they open. It’s like Kimpton is trying to give away rooms. At only 14 stays a year, this is a real easy status to maintain, and I find the benefits far outweigh what it would cost to stay those 14 stays.

Hyatt Diamond

For internatonal stays, Hyatt really offers some exquisite properties. In 2015, I have stays planned at the Park Hyatt New York, Park Hyatt Milan, Park Hyatt Melbourne and Park Hyatt Sydney, to name a few. For those nights alone, maintaining Diamond status is key.

READ MORE  AA gave me my systemwide upgrade back, and 20,000 miles!

Things I love most about Hyatt Diamond:

  • 4 confirmed suite upgrades a year
  • Welcome amenity, which I usually take as the 1,000 bonus points
  • Complimentary breakfast

Where will you be focussing your efforts in 2015?

Find those elusive Awards & Upgrades - Find Flight Availability, Flight Upgrades & Awards, Frequent Flyer Information and more with

Looking for the best way to earn miles and points quickly? Visit the "Credit Cards" drop down on the main menu bar above for the hottest deals! Want to learn more and stay up to date on the latest tips, tricks and deals? Join My Travel Tips Facebook Page!   This site is part of an affiliate sales network and receives compensation for sending traffic to partner sites, such as This compensation may impact how and where links appear on this site. This site does not include all financial companies or all available financial offers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, hotel, airline, or other entity. This content has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of the entities included within the post.


  1. Joey says

    This is awesome! I hope you reach your goals! I’m not a big hotel elite person so I have no plans on the hotel front, although I’ll be SPG gold thanks to the Amex Plat card. I’ll also be Hyatt Plat since I attended FTU Amsterdam a few months ago. I think that’s pretty much it and I’m content with that.
    On the airline front, I plan to be Flying Blue gold this year since I’m earning miles at the moment to redeem for AF La Premiere. If all goes to plan, I should have enough miles by the end of this year. 🙂
    I also plan to renew Virgin Atlantic gold. I’ll fly across the pond enough times to requalify and have always preferred VS to BA.
    Good luck and safe travels!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *