7 Airline and Hotel Loyalty Programs That Let You Reward Elite Status – LSB

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Elite status travelers receive a range of perks, including complimentary breakfast at hotel and flight upgrades. These benefits are often extended to companions when they travel together. However, what options are available when your family or friends travel without you?

Some programs allow you to gift someone else with elite status for lodging or travel, including Hyatt’s Guest of Honor program, Air Canada’s Status Pass, and American Airlines’ Miles opportunities. Several programs even allow you to gift another traveler full elite status.

Here’s a look at some of the programs that allow you to gift elite status for a day, stay or extended stay.

Air Canada

You don’t get preferred seating when you use Air Canada Status Pass. Kyle Olsen/The Points Guy

Air Canada Aeroplan offers its 50K, 75K and Super Elite members the option to select Status Pass through the Select Benefit Bundle. Super Elite members are automatically given two passes per year as a key benefit.

Simply put, Status Pass enables elite members to share their benefits with other travelers even if they are not traveling together. Pass recipients will get the following benefits:

  • Priority check in
  • Three checked bags with priority handling
  • Priority security screening
  • Access to the Maple Leaf Lounge
  • Priority airport standby
  • Priority boarding

Each Status Pass covers an entire Air Canada reservation, including award flights, for up to nine travelers booked together. However, it is important to note that Status Pass benefits are exclusive to Air Canada flights.

In addition to the Status Pass benefit, Air Canada allows select elite members to gift status directly to others. Aeroplan 75K elite members can gift Aeroplan 35K status as Select Benefit and Super Elite members can gift Aeroplan 50K status as Select Benefit.

Related: How to redeem Aeroplan points for maximum value

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Alaska Airlines

Once you earn Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan MVP Gold 75K status in a calendar year, you can share MVP status with friends or family members. Complete this form on Alaska’s website to nominate a recipient.

Once you achieve MVP Gold 100K status in a calendar year, you can select a 100K Choice benefit for the following year. One of the 100K Choice Benefit options is to upgrade your nominee for MVP status to MVP Gold status on your MVP Gold 75K qualification.

Related: What is Alaska Airlines elite status worth?

American Airlines

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American Airlines AAAdvantage allows you to gift status to another person at the following loyalty point milestones through loyalty point awards:

  • 175,000 loyalty points: You get a choice at this milestone and can choose two gifts of AAdvantage Gold status.
  • 250,000 loyalty points: You get two choices at this milestone and can choose two gifts of AAdvantage Gold status per choice.
  • 400,000, 550,000 and 750,000 loyalty points: You get two choices at each of these milestones and can choose a gift of AAdvantage Platinum status for each of these milestone choices.
  • 1 million loyalty points: You get a choice at this milestone and can choose a gift of AAdvantage Platinum Pro status
  • 3 million and 5 million loyalty points: You get a choice at each of these milestones and can choose a gift of AAdvantage Executive Platinum status at each of these milestones.

Related: What is American Airlines elite status worth?

Delta Air Lines

After achieving Platinum Medallion or Diamond Medallion status in the Delta SkyMiles program, you can select Delta Choice Benefits as your token of achievement. While many individuals opt for global and regional upgrade certificates, other rewards are available, including the ability to grant gift status. Platinum Medallion members have the opportunity to gift Silver Medallion status, while Diamond Medallion members can gift Gold Medallion status.

RELATED: Delta Medallion Status: What It Is and How to Earn It


A room at the Hilton Niseko Village in Japan. Katie Genter/The Points Guy

By staying 60 or more qualifying nights in a calendar year with Hilton Honors, you can gift Gold status to another member. Likewise, if you stay 100 or more nights in a calendar year, that gift is upgraded to Diamond status. Once you complete the required number of nights in a calendar year, you will receive an email containing a code that can be used to gift the status to another member.

If you don’t have the required nights, your friends and family can still enjoy Hilton Honors status. Above all, Hilton Honors status comes with the following card benefits:

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Related: What is Hilton Honors elite status worth?


While World of Hyatt doesn’t directly offer gift status options, it does offer a unique option that can be even more valuable through its Guest of Honor program. The Guest of Honor perk will be tied to Hyatt Milestone Awards in 2024, with Hyatt loyalists earning their first Guest of Honor award each calendar year after 40 nights or 65,000 base points.

The Guest of Honor recipient – ​​who can be a different person each time – will receive all of the in-hotel amenities that Globalist members normally enjoy during their Guest of Honor stay.

RELATED: The Ultimate Guide to Redeeming Your World of Hyatt Points


JW Marriott Maasai Mara Lodge in Kenya. Jack Grief/The Points Guy

Once you reach the milestones of 50 and 75 elite nights in a calendar year with Marriott Bonvoy, you are eligible for annual Choice benefits. While Suite Knight awards (to be replaced with Knightly Upgrade awards in 2024) continue to be the most popular pick at these milestones, an alternative choice is to gift status to another member.

After reaching 50 elite nights, you can gift Marriott Bonvoy Silver Elite status as a perk of your choice. After reaching the 75-night threshold, you can gift Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite status as a perk of your choice. However, while you can easily earn Marriott Bonvoy elite status with a credit card, it’s usually a good idea to opt for other Choice Benefit options.

Related: Last-minute tricks for Marriott elite status

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With elite status, it is natural to want to extend privileges to others. Sharing the benefits of elite status can make a great gift for friends and family who travel frequently. However, it’s important to carefully consider your options before choosing status gifts over other benefits to ensure you don’t miss out on choices that offer greater value.

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