Credit Cards Offering Status for Spend

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  1. neil
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    I've been trying to find credit cards that offer status at hotels and airlines for a certain amount of spending. Here's the list so far... (expanded beyond my original parameters)

    HOTELS

    Hilton HHonors Surpass AMEX [link to apply]
    -Free Gold for the 1st year, free Silver after that
    -Gold for $20K spend after the first year
    -Diamond for $40K spend
    -Free Priority Pass Membership
    -Annual Fee: $75.00

    Hilton HHonors AMEX [link to apply]
    -Free Silver
    -Gold for $20K annual spend
    -No Annual Fee

    Hilton HHonors Visa [link to apply]
    -Free Silver
    -25K points for $500 spend in first months
    -No Annual Fee

    Hyatt Chase Visa [link to apply]
    -Free Platinum
    -2 free nights for signing up
    -Annual Fee: $75.00

    Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card [link to apply]
    -1 elite night for every $3K spend
    -15 nights per year
    -30K bonus points with first purchase
    -Annual Fee: $65.00

    Priority Club Select Visa [link to apply]
    -Permanent Gold Elite Status
    -60k bonus points after first purchase (enough for Platinum Status)
    -Annual Free Night Certificate Worldwide
    -10% rebate on all Priority Club point redemptions
    -Annual Fee: Free 1st year, $49.00 after that

    Starwood Preferred Guest AMEX [link to apply not sure if this includes the 15K extra]
    -Gold for $30K spend
    -5 elite nights per year, 2 elite stays per year
    -25K bonus points (10K first purchase, 15K with $15K spend)
    -Annual Fee: Free 1st year, $65.00 after that

    AIRLINES

    Air New Zealand [table of information and links to apply]
    -Up to half of your status points to (re)qualify can be earned in CC spend
    -Air NZ Amex Platinum, ANZ Airpoints Platinum, Globalplus Gold/Platinum/Business $250 = 1 status point
    -Kiwibank Go Fly Platinum $300 = 1 status point
    -More details in the table above

    BMI Plus AMEX [link to apply]
    -4,000 membership miles (status miles) every year
    -UK residents
    -£85 annual fee

    Continental Presidential Plus MC [link to apply]
    -1000 flex EQMs per $5K spend that can be credited towards status
    -$95 statement credit for applying
    -President's Club membership (allows access to PCs, UA Red Carpet Clubs, US Air Clubs, and other Star Alliance affiliated lounges)
    -Annual Fee: $395.00

    Delta AMEX Platinum [link to apply, there are oftentimes MQM signup bonuses]
    -10,000 MQMs for $25K spend
    -10,000 MQMs for additional $25K
    -Annual Fee: $150

    Delta AMEX Reserve [link to apply]
    -15,000 MQMs when you reach $30,000
    -15,000 MQMs additional when you reach $60,000
    -Delta Sky Club Access for cardholder and 2 guests
    -Companion Certificate
    -Annual Fee: $450

    United Airlines Visa [link to apply]
    -5K EQMs for $5K spend per year
    -30K miles and $50 travel certificate with first use
    -Annual Fee: 1st year free, $95.00 after that

    US Airways World Mastercard from Barclays [link to apply]
    -allows 10K to be counted as preferred-qualifying for $25K annual spend
    -12.5K miles with first use
    -12.5K miles with $750 spend in first 90 days
    -Annual Fee: $89.00

    Other perks (and possibly caveats) are sprinkled into these offers, so be sure to read the application fine print.

    There's also the current deal through Delta for a 50% bonus for transferring MR points to SkyMiles. If you transfer 50K or more, you also receive 25K MQMs, enough for silver status (through Feb 2013.) People have been using this card (ingy's link) to get the 50K MR points.

    What else can I add to this list?
     
  2. ArizonaGuy
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    I just wanted to suggest you update the Amex SPG details - in addition to getting 5 elite nights per year with the card, you are also given 2 elite stays to help you qualify with that method as well. This makes having both the Biz and Personal cards useful: You get 10 nights and 4 stays credited.

    Also, as your topic doesn't specify Hotels, including airline cards that offer status for spend would be useful.

    US Airways World Mastercard from Barclays allows 10K to be counted as preferred-qualifying for $25K annual spend. In the past two years some have been targeted to receive an additional 10K preferred-qualifying miles for reaching $50K annual spend.

    I know there are numerous DL, UA and other cards that offer some kind of elite qualifying status or bump based on annual spending as well.
     
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    - Hyatt Chase VISA gives you Platinum (mid-tier) status. $65/year annual fee. 2 free nights sign-up bonus.

    - HHonors Amex (non-Surpass card): no annual fee, Silver status, $20k charges gives you Gold.
     
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    Great thread with very useful information. Thanks for posting.
     
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    RE: AmEx SPG - Unless things have changed, I thought that new cardholders were limited to getting 5 nts/2 stays credit -- even if they held both the Biz & Personal cards.

    Also, the CO Presidential Plus MC gives 'flex EQM's (1000/$5K spend) that can be credited toward status.
     
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    I have the UA Visa and can get up to $5K EQM for ticket purchases at UAL.Com annually

    Is there a particular reason this thread isn't in the credit card forum?
     
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    Priority Club Select Visa

    -Permanent Gold Elite Status
    -30k bonus points (after first purchase)
    -Annual Fee: Free 1st year, $49.00 after that
    -Annual Free Night Certificate Worldwide
    -Bonus category spend
    -10% rebate on all Priority Club point redemption's
     
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    I believe it's because it's specifically relates to 'Miles/Points,' as opposed to rebates, etc.
     
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    That's a good reason.
     
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    Both of my cards were approved in July 2010 before these new benefits were officially announced. On January 1st, my SPG account showed 10 nights, 4 stays so both cards provided the benefit.
     
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    I am disturbed that this thread and a few others are already becoming totally US centric.
     
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    I suspect it will improve as more people join up. So far there is a heavy US bias in membership, but like FT I expect it to become more global over time (hopefully much quicker than FT did).
     
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    I could input some Japanese credit cards that get you status too if that is any help.
     
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    Thanks kiwi. [​IMG]
     
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    Back to the topic there is one card in NZ which can earn some status points with Air NZ. I'll have to hunt to find which card though.
     
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    To the best of my knowledge there is no Australian based CC that earns status of any sort. Many offer FF points but not status.
     
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    If you know of some, then definitely contribute. That addresses the US centric concern as well as building up the information sharing of the thread/forum/community
     
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    Cleaned the list up a bit and added the information from the posts above. If there are any egregious errors, let me know.

    Thanks! And keep it comin' ...
     
  19. neil
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    Sorry, I was only looking for stateside offers. I'll definitely add other countries' offers as soon as people post them.
     
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    For some links - Priority Club Visa
    and the Hhonors Amex here or here.
     
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    And I guess Silver is a status level for Hilton [​IMG], the Citibank HHonors Visa can be found here.
     
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    When will at least ONE of the Hotel companies release a credit card with affiliation in Australia. other than converting 3 Amex pts to 1 spg( what a rippoff)we are left out in the cold .
    I want all the perks that USA and UK get please
     
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    Understood and thanks.
     
  24. Simon
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    Okay in Japan for Hilton the normal Hilton branded card gets HH Silver status and the Gold branded card gets HH Gold for free. Pretty good deal for less than $200 US.

    I believe the Amex Platinum here like any other Amex Platinum gets Starwood Gold too.
     
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    @ Neil -- for the CO PP MC, -- it would be helpful to note that President's Club membership is included in the annual & allows access to PCs, UA Red Carpet Clubs & US Air Clubs, along with other Star Alliance affiliated lounges.
     
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