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Hilton Honors Complete Guide

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Hilton Honors is the loyalty program for Hilton hotels & resorts and their many brands worldwide. While Hilton has gotten a bit of a bad rap in the frequent traveler community over the past...

American Airlines Loyalty Points Game Update: Halfway through, who’s in front?

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Remember the AA Loyalty Games? At the beginning of this year, American Airlines started using a new way for AAdvantage members to earn elite status.  Elite Qualifying Miles and Elite Qualifying Dollars were gone...

IHG removes club access from club-level upgrades

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Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) unveiled a much needed overhaul if its rewards program in April, changing the name to IHG One Rewards in the process. The new program was a distinct upgrade from the...

Amex Fine Hotels and Resorts vs. MGM Gold: A Tale of Two Bellagio Stays

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Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts (FHR) is a “luxury” hotel program that is available to both business and personal Platinum cardholders and provides a suite of valuable benefits on all hotel stays booked through...

American Airlines Offering Free Elite Companion Upgrades From 7/14/22; 500 Mile Upgrades Converted End...

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Back in February of this year, American Airlines announced that they'd be revamping how upgrades would work for elite members, particularly with regards to upgrades when traveling with a companion, but also the future...

Chase Sapphire Reserve adds Marriott Gold fast track

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Marriott Gold is the second lowest of Marriott's elite tiers and offers a modest set of benefits including 2pm late check-out, 25% bonus points on stays, free premium wifi and upgrades to non-suite rooms. Complimentary...
Magazinesdotcom SimplyMiles

(EXPIRED) Magazines.com Citi Offer Giving $15 On $20 Spend, Stack With AA Portal &...

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There's a new opportunity available to earn some easy Loyalty Points towards elite status with American Airlines. There's a small outlay cash-wise with this Magazines.com stackery, but the redeemable AAdvantage miles you earn more...

The InterContinental Ambassador Experiment

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InterContinental Lyon, May 2022. Experiment codename "Ambassador Prestige Suite." Results tallied. Details below... I recently had occasion to book a weekend stay at the InterContinental Lyon - Hotel Dieu.  As I weighed various options for...
IHG One Rewards Status Challenge Promotion

(EXPIRED) IHG One Rewards Status Challenge: Get Free Platinum Status & Upgrade To Diamond...

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IHG recently revamped their IHG One Rewards loyalty program which made it more interesting and rewarding than it had been in the past. Part of that change involved adding a new tier to its loyalty...

[Update: Better via dummy booking] Bank of America Air France/KLM Mastercard: 70,000 Flying Blue...

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Update from Nick 5/16/22: If you go through the steps for a dummy booking at AirFrance.us, you may see an offer that includes a $100 statement credit on top of the 70K miles and...
Sunbasket

(EXPIRED) Sunbasket MyPoints/Simply Miles/Citi Stack: $80 profit, 1000 AAdvantage miles and 8 meals

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The home-prep meal service Sunbasket has several offers available that, when stacked, gives you 8-10 meals, 1000 AAdvantage Miles/Loyalty Points and an $80 profit after signing-up for the service and getting at least one...

Delta Mileage Running from Home (2 Player Mode)

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I've previously written in depth about how it's possible to earn high level Delta Elite status through credit card spend alone (see: Manufacturing Delta elite status in 2020 and beyond).   The problem is that...

(EXPIRED) Citi Offer/Simply Miles: 30% off wine.com and 1400 AAdvantage Miles/Loyalty Points

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It's been a slower couple of months after a blazing Q1 for the AA Loyalty Games. But there's a good opportunity now as Citi has a new merchant offer on Wine.com for 30% off...

Grand Hyatt SFO: A terrific hotel connected to San Francisco’s airport

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Recently, my wife and I had a 5:40am flight out of San Francisco's airport (SFO) and so we booked the night before at the Grand Hyatt SFO.  The Grand Hyatt is connected by SkyTrain...

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