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Elite Status

Marriott Choice Benefit Valuations. Which to pick?

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Update 1/11/21: The window for selecting 2020 Choice Benefits ended on 1/8/21. If you have earned 50 elite qualifying nights with Marriott within a calendar year, then you are eligible to pick a "Choice Benefit". ...

Hello, newly-minted Globalist status

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Update 1/8/21: I can confirm that I received the additional 30 bonus elite night credits from Bonus Journeys and now have 60 elite nights and all of the associated milestone benefits (free night certificates and...

Greg’s Delta elite plans for 2021

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For years I've been manufacturing top tier Delta Diamond elite status for both me and my wife through credit card spend (see: Manufacturing Delta elite status in 2020 and beyond).  Now, we have until...

Relax: Your elite stuff will post

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We've been receiving a lot of panicked questions / comments from readers via all of the various channels (email, comments, Facebook, etc) wondering why their elite have not yet posted, so we wanted...

Use your expiring IHG free night for status match opportunities

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Thanks to having either the IHG Rewards Club Premier card or the no longer available IHG Rewards Club Select card many of us have IHG Platinum Elite status and free night certificates that expire...

Radisson extending certs to 6/21, points to 12/21, and status to 2/22

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UPDATE 12/21/20: Radisson has updated these extensions: Point expiration suspension: We are extending our pause on the expiration of Radisson Rewards points. Any points that were set to expire between March 1, 2020 and December 30,...

What is Delta elite status worth (now that award changes are free)?

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Most airlines offer extra benefits to their most valuable customers. This is usually handled through elite status. If you fly enough with an airline, you can become “elite”. Of course, not all elites are...

Systemwide Upgrades Compared: AA, Delta, United

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American Airlines, Delta, and United each offer systemwide upgrades to high level elite members. The idea is that you can buy an inexpensive economy ticket to anywhere in the world and apply a systemwide...

AA introduces Elite Choice Rewards for high level elites

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American Airlines has announced that, starting in 2021, members who qualify for Platinum Pro and Executive Platinum elite status will earn the ability to choose perks they value most.  Platinum Pro members, for example,...

Delta boosts elite status boosts for 2021

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In 2021, Platinum and Reserve Delta SkyMiles American Express Card Members will receive a 25% boost to their status boosts.  Both cards offer "status boosts" towards elite status at set amounts of spend.  In...

Tips for timing your Hyatt credit card spend (Fixed & Improved)

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UPDATE: This post has been updated with the following: Corrected information about how elite nights are earned at the end of the calendar year. I had previously been told by Hyatt that elite nights...

Hyatt offering Office for the Day (even using points), extending Work From Hyatt rates

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Hyatt announced this week that it is now offering an Office for the Day package at select properties that is available through May 31, 2021 at "more than 400 hotels in the Americas". The best...

Should you cancel the old Hyatt Visa and sign up new?

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On January 11, 2021, cardholders with the old Hyatt Visa card will be migrated to the World of Hyatt card.  Some have asked if it makes sense to cancel their old Hyatt card now...

Frequent flyer programs on the upswing (On Greg’s mind)

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Over the past 10 years or so, frequent flyer programs seemed to get worse and worse.  Awards became more expensive, fees increased, points earned for flying decreased, and elite status became harder to obtain. Now,...

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