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How to Fly Like a VIP, No Elite Status Required

Upgrades and airport lounge access are closer than you think. Here’s how to score those elusive perks!

With minimum-spend requirements now putting elite status out of reach for most travelers, elite perks like flight upgrades and airport lounge access are most accessible through travel rewards cards. Some are even available with affordable annual fees. Here’s how to pick the right card and travel like a VIP without earning elite status.


By Tim Winship

After 20 years working in the travel industry, and 15 years writing about it, Tim Winship knows a thing or two about travel. Follow him on Twitter @twinship.

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