Elite Status

Is Delta loyalty still worth pursuing? (on my mind)

Delta miles seem to drop in value every time I turn around.  The latest hit is to international partner awards (see: Delta torpedoes SkyMiles value for partner awards).  Delta's partner award prices for flights...

Delta global upgrade certificates now improved for Air France and Virgin Australia flights

Delta Diamond status offers elite members members three Choice Benefits each year. The single most valuable choice, in my opinion, is four Global Upgrade Certificates.  These certificates can be used to upgrade from the...

New Hilton changes: extended 2021 free night certs, reduced elite requirements, and more

Hilton Honors has announced some new customer-friendly adjustments to the program in light of the current pandemic. The real highlight here is that in addition to the extension in place for 2020 free night...
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(Update: Extended Through 12/31/20) IHG: Buy/Renew Ambassador Membership Then Stay Once & Get 40k...

Update 10/24/20: You now have until December 31, 2020 to purchase or renew your Ambassador membership for the first part of this deal. ~ IHG Rewards Club is offering a free night certificate which is good...
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Delta status match challenge

Earlier this week, Delta came out with an incredibly generous status match challenge offer. It isn't entirely clear whether or not it is targeted, but many will find it worth a shot even if...

Spirit goes revenue-based, makes elite status easier with new Free Spirit program

Today, Spirit Airlines has announced a total overhaul to its Free Spirit loyalty program. We had a chance to sit down and chat (virtually) with some of their executives yesterday about the new program. It is...

Free Marriott Platinum + 100K or more points w/ new Amex Marriott offers

Update: The Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless offer mentioned in this post that includes 5 free night certificates is scheduled to end on 10/28/20. The American Express Marriott Bonvoy cards are featuring new offers today and...

Justifying the Hyatt Globalist mattress run: is it worth using points for a “cash”...

The year 2020 has finally pushed me to the absolute brink of sanity, as clearly evidenced by the fact that I've booked a 30-night Hyatt Globalist mattress run. I used Greg's handy spreadsheet and determined...
American Airlines Elite Qualification Requirements 2021

American Airlines Reducing Status Earning Requirements For 2021

Seeing as some people and businesses are planning their travel for 2021, American Airlines has come out early and announced changes to elite status earning requirements in 2021. These changes are all positive as...

Rocking Hyatt’s overlapping promos: How to claim 2 years of top tier status.

I've completely updated this post to include everything you need to know to get the most out of Hyatt's many overlapping 4th quarter 2020 promotions.  This post is now features how to leverage the...
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Mattress Running Marriott

Are you close to earning Marriott Platinum or Titanium status?  Many people are very close, even if they didn't stay in Marriott hotels at all this year because Marriott added bonus elite nights to...

World of Hyatt extends points, certificates, upgrades, and more

World of Hyatt today announced the further extension of points expiration, free night certificates, suite upgrades, club lounge access awards, and the postponement of peak and off-peak pricing. This is all great news for...

Hotel Loyalty Wars, Amazon Prime Day, and more

This week Marriott and Hyatt launched an all-out battle for customer loyalty.  Marriott seems to think that the key to our hearts is through their credit card while Hyatt prefers to reward our stays. ...

Hyatt Bonus Journeys Now Live: Earn triple or quadruple points + double elite nights

Hyatt's Bonus Journeys promo for 4th quarter 2020 is now live!  Register here no later than Nov 30th.  The promo runs from now until January 4th, 2021. The Deal Earn 3x World of Hyatt points...

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