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Elite Status

United makes status easier to attain in 2021

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United Airlines announced some changes today that will make it easier to earn elite status in 2021 (which would be good through the end of 2022). Elite status has already been extended due to...

Air Canada Aeroplan: The all-new program is now live. Here’s what you need to...

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Air Canada's new loyalty program is now live.  Not interested?  Think again.  Air Canada Aeroplan points can be used to fly any Star Alliance airline (United, Lufthansa, ANA, etc.) or non-alliance partners (Etihad is...

United and Amtrak partnership ending

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United and Amtrak have long had a partnership that resulted in some code sharing on itineraries that included both train a plane (to my knowledge, most notably on deals "departing" Philadelphia's train station to...

Delta Diamond Choice Benefits: Which to choose and when

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Delta's top tier Diamond status isn't easy to get, but it it comes loaded with perks.  Among them is the ability to choose three Choice Benefits each year. Here's a dive into Delta Diamond...

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

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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

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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

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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...
InterContinental Boston

(Update: Extended Through 12/31/20) IHG: Buy/Renew Ambassador Membership Then Stay Once & Get 40k...

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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...
Delta Premium Select

(EXPIRED) Delta status match challenge

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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

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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

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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”...

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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

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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.

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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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