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Four Travel Hacks to Elite Status in 2017 and Beyond
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    Four Travel Hacks to Elite Status in 2017 and Beyond

    Four Travel Hacks to Elite Status in 2017 and Beyond

    With only a couple of weeks left in 2016, itís time to take a look at your points and miles and make sure you start 2017 with VIP statusówith your favorite hotels and airlines.

    From auditing your loyalty-program accounts to leveraging credit-card promos, there are several ways to earn your elite status without necessarily going on a mileage run. Here are four quick and painless strategies to employ the more you can complete, the better.

    Four Travel Hacks to Elite Status in 2017 and Beyond-elite-status-jpg

    1. Take a look at your airline frequent flier accounts.

    Check that youíve received credit for all eligible flights you have taken with your primary airline; then see how that stacks up against the carrierís flight and spending requirements. Remember, on carriers such as Delta and United, there are new rules governing how many dollars you need to spend on airfare (in addition to flying a certain number of miles or segments) to earn your elite credentials.

    Need a last-minute boost? Thereís still time to take a few more flights. But there might be an easier way. Credit cards, will give you elite-qualifying miles in exchange for hitting spending thresholds during the calendar year. Doing all your holiday shopping on the right card could tip you into VIP territory.

    2. Cash in on bonuses and affiliate hotel stays.

    Hotels calculate your loyalty status based on the number of nights or stays you complete from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31ójust as airlines do. But there are two things you may not think to double-check when youíre reviewing your year in travel.

    First, make sure that stays at affiliated properties have been counted, then check to see if your co-branded credit card entitles you to any elite-status bonuses. For example, if you have the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express, youíre entitled to two staysí and five nightsí worth of credit toward elite status each year; the Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card from Chase, meanwhile, offers cardholders a full 15 nightsí credit each year. Thatís enough for silver status on its own, so make sure all those credits show up on your account.

    3. Donít let good points and miles go to waste.

    Donít lose your miles just because you havenít flown on a specific airline or stayed with a particular hotel group in a while.

    If you find that some accounts are on their last legs, you can give them a quick joltóoften without spending any money (or time) on flights or stays. Make a token purchase through an airline or hotelís shopping portal. Dine out at a restaurant partner. Buy something via a co-branded credit card. In general, all you have to do is earn a single point to keep your account alive.

    4. Apply for a new card with a big sign-up bonus.

    Donít have a spending requirement to meet? Get one. Figure out how much youíll spend on holiday gifts and travel this month, and pick a card thatíll reward you with a bonus just for making your already-planned purchases.

    If you sign up for the Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige, or the Platinum Card from American Express before Dec. 31, youíll get to use their annual bonus credit before the end of 2016 and then again in 2017, since these credits are based on the calendar year rather than the card-membership anniversary. Yes, these three cards each come with a $450 annual fee (which is calculated on your membership year, not the calendar year)óbut you will also get $400 to $600 in value right off the bat, depending on the card for which you apply, because you can use their annual travel credits nowóand then again, as soon as January commences.

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    cant we pay with e banking?

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