Year-End Strategies for Earning Top-Tier Hotel Elite Status

There's not much left of the year, but there is still time to plan for and achieve top-tier hotel elite status with several programs. Through these strategies and shortcuts, you can earn elite status now and carry it through 2024 — or even part of 2025, depending on the program. Here are the various routes you could take to earn top-tier elite status with hotel loyalty programs by year's end.

How a Last-Second Southwest Award Saved the Day

I try to avoid connecting flights. This time, it wasn't possible, and a series of delays made it clear I wouldn't get home in time for work the next morning. Here's how using last-minute Southwest awards provides the best insurance plan in case problems arise during your trip.