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Marriott Bonvoys elite member soft landing policy

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Many rewards programs have, or have had, "soft landing" policies for their elite members. This allows elite members who have not met the criteria for their current elite status to still retain a lower...

American Airlines launches a fast track to status for Hyatt Elite Members

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Hyatt and American Airlines have offered reciprocal benefits for elite members in one or both of the programs for several years, involving points-earning and promotions such as earning 1,000 bonus AAdvantage miles when staying...

Marriott Bonvoy Choice Benefits. Which to pick?

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If you have earned 50 elite qualifying nights with Marriott Bonvoy within a calendar year, then you are eligible to pick a "Choice Benefit".  A second Choice Benefit is available for those who complete...

Chase Sapphire Reserve Cardholders now get free Lyft Pink All Access

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Chase and Lyft introduced a partnership in 2020 that provided additional perks and points-earning for Chase cardholders. Earlier this week, they announced that, not only had they extended the current partnership through 2025, but...

Bonvoyology: Mastering Marriott’s Mysteries

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Marriott Bonvoy is a maddeningly complex program which promises the world, but often delivers disappointment.  Want to sign up for a second Bonvoy card?  Good luck figuring out if you're eligible.  Think your elite...

Air Canada Aeroplan Complete Guide

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Air Canada Aeroplan is a highly unique frequent flyer program in many regards: they have more airline partners than any program in the world and they offer the ability to use your Aeroplan points...

End of Year Checklist for 2022

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With less than two months remaining in 2022, it's time to take care of those things you've been putting off!  Personally, for example, I have airline fee credits still available on several credit cards. ...
United MileagePlus 2023 changes

United MileagePlus Changes: Increased Status Qualification Requirements, Fewer PlusPoints, Removed Award Redeposit Fees &...

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United has provided details today about changes that will be taking effect for its MileagePlus loyalty program from January 1, 2023. There are a couple of improvements being made, but the most notable change...
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IHG Ambassador Free Weekend Night Not Useable At Kimpton & Regent From 1/1/23, No...

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IHG has announced a couple of upcoming changes that will affect those with Ambassador status. While the changes will be minor for some, it could affect the value proposition for people deciding whether to...

Amex Platinum cardholders now get Hertz President’s Circle status

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American Express has announced an improvement to the Platinum card's benefits with Hertz car rentals. Evidently, starting in September, Amex Platinum, Corporate Platinum and Business Platinum cardholders all became eligible for Hertz President’s Circle Status. This...

Should I go for Marriott Titanium Elite Status?

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I have a bit of a conundrum here. I had previously decided not to re-qualify for 75-night Marriott Titanium elite status, but circumstances have me questioning that decision.  Surprisingly, this year to-date, I've earned...

If you could be gifted status, which would you choose? (on Nick’s mind)

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A question came up while I was hanging out with a group of points and miles experts recently that I found more difficult to answer than I first expected. Julia from Geobreeze Travel asked...

Bilt Rewards: Free United Airlines Premier Status

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Last month, Bilt Rewards announced Bilt "Rent Day" on the first of every month. This gives members access to a rotating series of promotions (like a Virgin Voyages cruise discount) and also the provides...
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American Airlines systemwide upgrades now work on British Airways (and vice versa)

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About a month ago, American Airlines and British Airways went live with reciprocal systemwide upgrades. Not only can AA systemwide upgrades now be used for travel on BA, but British Airways Executive Club Gold...

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