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As programs evolve and reaching elite tier has become possible with CC spend only, I was wondering if there's a list of those programs and how hard/easy it is to reach top elite tier without actually flying or staying at a hotel.

AA makes it rather easy with their Loyalty Points. All CC spend gets loyalty points. Additionally shopping through online shopping portal also earns loyalty points. I hope to reach Platinum Pro using these, and will then switch to another program to max out.

DL gives MQM bonuses for spend on their SkyMiles Platinum and SkyMiles reserve cards. Though maximum MQM one can get with only one card is 120,000, while 125,000 is required for Delta Diamond Medallion.

With DL LY partnership, this might become lucrative if LY will treat DL top tier like their own top tier.

Please post any other programs where one can get to top-tier elite status without actually flying or staying at a hotel.
« Last Edit: July 06, 2023, 08:54:07 PM by ExGingi »
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Re: Loyalty programs that allow reaching top tier with CC spend only.
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2023, 07:18:38 PM »
Hyatt if you have either of the ccs and spend enough. Hilton with the top tier consumer card or if you spend enough on the other cards.

JetBlue if you spend on their cards

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Re: Loyalty programs that allow reaching top tier with CC spend only.
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2023, 08:52:28 PM »
Hyatt if you have either of the ccs and spend enough. Hilton with the top tier consumer card or if you spend enough on the other cards.

JetBlue if you spend on their cards

What are the requirements for each of those to reach top tier based on CC spend only?

Any other airlines?
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Re: Loyalty programs that allow reaching top tier with CC spend only.
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2023, 11:25:34 PM »
What are the requirements for each of those to reach top tier based on CC spend only?

Any other airlines?

Hyatt is 5 nights per 10k on the business card
4 nights per 10k (I think specificallty 2 nights for 5k) but with the personal card you also start with 10 nights

And with DL you can get 15k MQM from someone as you’re allowed to gift those bonuses from cc spending to someone else. So you still would not need to fly to get those extra 5k

Marriott you can also, every 5k is one night

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Re: Loyalty programs that allow reaching top tier with CC spend only.
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2023, 11:26:45 PM »
Hyatt is 5 nights per 10k on the business card
4 nights per 10k (I think specificallty 2 nights for 5k) but with the personal card you also start with 10 nights

And with DL you can get 15k MQM from someone as you’re allowed to gift those bonuses from cc spending to someone else. So you still would not need to fly to get those extra 5k

Marriott you can also, every 5k is one night

Also with DL you would need to spend 250k to waive MQD requirement regardless of MQM earned

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Re: Loyalty programs that allow reaching top tier with CC spend only.
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2023, 02:12:57 AM »
Gotta add a wiki before this thread becomes a mess

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Re: Loyalty programs that allow reaching top tier with CC spend only.
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2023, 07:12:53 AM »
Also with DL you would need to spend 250k to waive MQD requirement regardless of MQM earned

Platinum and Reserve cards state that MQD waiver is after $25,000 spent on card.
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Re: Loyalty programs that allow reaching top tier with CC spend only.
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2023, 10:00:25 AM »
Platinum and Reserve cards state that MQD waiver is after $25,000 spent on card.
Yes, but not to achieve Diamond status, only the other levels

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Re: Loyalty programs that allow reaching top tier with CC spend only.
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2023, 12:55:07 PM »
Yes, but not to achieve Diamond status, only the other levels

Link?

At 250k they do give MQD waiver for Platinum?
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Re: Loyalty programs that allow reaching top tier with CC spend only.
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2023, 01:14:52 PM »
While United does have PQF and PQP requirements with limits on PQP earnings via CC spend, is there a workaround to actually earn lifetime status based on spend (as it only indicates "miles")? Would UR or MT transfers count toward that? @Dan

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Re: Loyalty programs that allow reaching top tier with CC spend only.
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2023, 01:38:26 PM »
While United does have PQF and PQP requirements with limits on PQP earnings via CC spend, is there a workaround to actually earn lifetime status based on spend (as it only indicates "miles")? Would UR or MT transfers count toward that? @Dan

Lifetime miles are butt-in-seat miles (unclear if this includes award travel)

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Re: Loyalty programs that allow reaching top tier with CC spend only.
« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2023, 01:40:07 PM »
Lifetime miles are butt-in-seat miles (unclear if this includes award travel)

I guess you are right.



IF award travel qualifies it does make it a bit easier, but still burdensome for someone who doesn't want to fly much, but wants elite status when flying.
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Re: Loyalty programs that allow reaching top tier with CC spend only.
« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2023, 01:46:03 PM »
    Hyatt is 5 nights per 10k on the business card
    4 nights per 10k (I think specificallty 2 nights for 5k) but with the personal card you also start with 10 nights

    And with DL you can get 15k MQM from someone as you’re allowed to gift those bonuses from cc spending to someone else. So you still would not need to fly to get those extra 5k

    Marriott you can also, every 5k is one night
    • Hyatt Personal card: small correction: it awards 5 nights per year (not 10).
    • IHG Diamond w/$40k spend on Personal or Business Premier card
    • Hilton Diamond w/$40k spend on Surpass or Business card
    • Two cards give top tier status just for holding the card: Hilton Aspire and Wyndham business earner
    • Frontier card 1 mile / $1 - 100,000 miles is top tier
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    Re: Loyalty programs that allow reaching top tier with CC spend only.
    « Reply #13 on: July 09, 2023, 12:58:32 AM »
    Link?

    At 250k they do give MQD waiver for Platinum?

    25k is to waive MQD through platinum status and everything below, you need 250k to reach diamond. No link needed, just look on delta status tracker