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List of Credit Cards that Offer Elite Status

Elite status with airlines and hotels can be very valuable to some. Usually to qualify for elite status you will see minimum requirements. For hotels, you usually have to reach a minimum number of stays, nights and/or points. For airlines, you usually need a minimum number of segments and qualifying miles.

One way to fast track to elite status is to obtain a credit card that automatically offer you elite status.

Unfortunately, in Canada, it is very slim pickings on which credit cards have this offer, but there are still a few to choose from. Some of the require a minimum spending before you qualify for the elite status. Below is a list of credit card:

Airline Elite Status

RBC Cathay Pacific Visa Platinum

  • $150 annual fee
  • Complimentary Green Tier membership into The Marco Polo Club for primary cardholder ($50 USD enrolment fee waived)

Hotel Elite Status

MBNA Best Western MasterCard

  • No annual fee
  • Receive a 1 tier elite status upgrade within the Best Western Rewards program when you spend $6,000 on your card within 1 year

Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Visa

  • $120 annual fee (waived the first year)
  • Earn 15 nights credit every year

Note that the 15 credits gives you Silver elite status, which only requires 10 credits, which gives you a jump start to reach gold status, which requires 50 credits.

American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card

  • $120 annual fee
  • Receive an automatic upgrade to Starwood Gold Preferred Guest membership when you spend $30,000 a year

American Express Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card 

  • $150 annual fee
  • Receive an automatic upgrade to Starwood Gold Preferred Guest membership when you spend $30,000 a year

American Express Business Platinum Card

  • $399 annual fee
  • Receive an automatic upgrade to Starwood Gold Preferred Guest (must phone 1-888-625-4990 and provide reference code to enroll)
  • Charge 5 nights at Fairmont Hotels and Resorts onto this charge card to receive Fairmont President’s Club Platinum Membership
American Express Platinum Card

  • $699 annual fee
  • Receive an automatic upgrade to Starwood Gold Preferred Guest
  • Receive an automatic upgrade to Gold Elite membership with Club Carlson
  • Receive an automatic upgrade to Platinum membership with Le Club Accorhotels
  • Charge 5 nights at Fairmont Hotels and Resorts onto this charge card to receive Fairmont President’s Club Platinum Membership

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