Elite Status

Passing the GUC: Greg gives global upgrades to Nick… with a catch

Alright Nick.  You asked for it and here it is: Two Global Upgrade Certificates (GUCs) just for you.  But there's a catch.  You have to take me with you. Clowns to the left of me! Jokers...

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

UPDATE 1/21/201: Spirit's new Free Spirit loyalty program is now live. Details can be found on Spirit's website here.  We will soon follow up with analyses of the program and its new credit cards,...

The perfect Hyatt mattress run

The perfect mattress run isn't a mattress run at all.  A mattress run is where you book a hotel stay solely to earn elite status and/or hotel points even though you have no plans...

Marriott mattress running: Valuable elite status for nearly 2 years

Marriott is offering several overlapping promotions which, when taken together, can make mattress running worthwhile.  A mattress run involves checking into a hotel for the purpose of earning elite status or other rewards even...

Possible free night in St. Kitts with the new horse on the status match-go-round

Dave Grossman at Miles Talk covers a new partnership between Choice Privileges and Penn Gaming that will offer reciprocal elite status. We don't yet know where the programs will match up status, but it...

[Last day to register] Hyatt Bonus Journeys Now Live: Earn triple or quadruple points...

Reminder: You must register for this promotion by today. It's worth registering even if you don't think you'll stay just in case it comes in handy as this is likely to be one of the...

Shortcuts to Marriott Platinum Elite status (Special 2021 edition)

This post has been updated with Marriott's recently announced promotions that will make it easier than ever to earn meaningful Marriott elite status in 2021. Background Marriott Bonvoy is Marriott's loyalty program.  One cool thing about...

Hyatt assigning My Hyatt Concierge to new 60-night Globalists

At the beginning of the month, I checked out from a 30-night Hyatt stay that was aimed at earning Hyatt Globalist status. I wrote a post when those 30 elite nights posted to my...
mattress run

The year of the mattress run: top-tier status in 6 programs in 48 nights

In a bizarre state of irony, 2021 is shaping up to be the year of the mattress run. Hyatt kicked things off with their ludicrously easy path to top-tier Hyatt Globalist status. Really, they kicked...

Marriott’s elite benefits guarantee is back

During the pandemic, Marriott had previously suspended their elite benefit guarantees, but as of today (January 11, 2021), the guarantees are back!  Here is the message from Marriott: We are reinstating the elite guarantee compensation...

Marriott launches easy elite status for 2021 and cheaper saver awards

Marriott has announced a huge boost for members interested in qualifying/re-qualifying for elite status this year. They have also reduced redemption rates at many properties for reservations through September 30, 2021 booked between January 11,...
Hilton status match

Get Hilton Diamond Status After 9 Nights With Status Match (Good Through March 2023)

Hilton is offering a status match opportunity with reduced requirements, allowing you to earn Diamond status good through March 31, 2023 when staying only 9 nights. The Deal Hilton is offering a match to Gold...

Ludicrously easy path to Hyatt Globalist status (top-tier status for 2 years!)

Update 1/8/21: Reminder that you must register for both Bonus Journeys and Free Nights on Sale (rebate on award stays) by January 15th. Even if you're not sure that you'll use these promotions, it makes sense to...
Air Canada Jetz

Aeroplan extending award ticket change fee waivers, will update elite status requirements

Air Canada's Aeroplan announced today that they are making some positive changes by extending change fee waivers and points expiration. They have also announced that they intend to update elite status earning requirements for...

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