Elite Status

Easy path to Hyatt’s top tier status [On my mind]

Wow, I didn't see this coming.  During the pandemic Hyatt made it super easy to earn top tier elite status by cutting in half their elite requirements and then doubling elite earnings (see: Ludicrously...

Hyatt Globalist fast track through Bilt Rewards for Rent Day

This is big: For its next Rent Day promotion, starting today, Bilt Rewards is opening up an opportunity to fast track to Hyatt Explorist status, with a reduced path to top-tier Hyatt Globalist status...

How to get 57 free nights of vacation from a single credit card

You could literally plan all of your 2023 vacation time off the back of a single credit card with a $95 annual fee. And I don't mean using your credit card to pay for...

Trouble matching Wyndham to Caesars? Here’s a solution.

Over the past couple of years, we've written about lots of ways to get "free" cruises (in quotation marks because there is usually some relatively minimal cost involved). We even recorded an entire podcast...

The easyish route to Star Alliance Gold status: Avianca LifeMiles

Avianca LifeMiles significantly changed its frequent flyer program this year. One of the new highlights of the program that hasn't gotten a lot of attention is the fact that mileage transfers (like from Amex Membership...

8 ways to get CLEAR for less

This post has been updated since last publication with new pricing details and a few new discount options. CLEAR Overview CLEAR is a service that uses your eyes or fingerprints to confirm your identity.  This is...

Marriott Bonvoy Complete Guide

Marriott's rewards program, named "Marriott Bonvoy," in my opinion offers better than average rewards for paid stays, a fair elite program, a huge selection of hotels that run from very low end to ultra-luxury,...

Adventures in Atlantic City fishing for another free cruise

I recently took my third cruise of the past 4.5 months. We've got several non-cruise trips planned this year, but I often say that you have to strike while the iron is hot....and it...

Mattress running Hyatt’s Q2 2023 promo

Hyatt's latest category reshuffling is painful, but that doesn't change the fact that Hyatt offers the best top-tier elite benefits of any major hotel chain.  The problem is that you need to spend 60...
Delta Air Lines Greg in Delta One

Delta SkyMiles Complete Guide

This post has been updated since last publication with details about Delta's 15% award discount for cardholders; ways to earn miles with popular merchants like Starbucks, Instacart, and Hertz; updated elite status details; and...

Match Hyatt status to MGM Rewards again

Update 2/28/23: Reminder that it's time to match back from Hyatt to MGM again to stay on the merry-go-round. Many people will have earned easy Globalist status in 2021 which is expiring tomorrow (March...

Delta Air Lines Promo: Earn Elite Qualifying Dollars from Car Rental and Hotel Bookings

Most US airlines have shopping portals that allow members of their frequent flyer programs to earn redeemable miles through shopping online at a variety of partners. Last year, American Airlines completely revamped the way...

How to earn Delta elite status through credit card spend

Like most airlines, Delta offers extra benefits to their most valuable customers. They do this by awarding "Medallion" elite status with increased benefits at each level of status: Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond.  You can...

What is Delta elite status worth?

Most airlines offer extra benefits to their most valuable customers. If you fly enough with an airline, you can become “elite”. Of course, not all elites are equal. Most airlines have multiple elite tiers...

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