Lifetime Airline Elite Status Levels

The Global Traveller summarizes the million-miler programs of various airlines.

So if you’re wondering what a million (or two or three) flown miles will get you with your favorite program, or whether your program requires a certain number of years at top tier, check out this comprehensive list of airline lifetime elite status.

And a special props to American, which lets you earn lifetime elite status with miles generated from any source, 1 million miles for lifetime Gold and 2 million for lifetime platinum.  I have certainly less than 50,000 flown miles lifetime on American but am nearing lifetime Platinum.  Here’s just hoping they don’t change the rules before I earn my last couple hundred thousand miles sometime n the next year.

And I do say comprehensive. While I’m curious if any programs are left off the list, on first pass I missed the inclusion of the Phillipine AIrlines program which publishes a million mile level. But no, it’s on there…

For those folks out there who know, does any hotel program besides Marriott offer lifetime status?

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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