Elite Status

Rocking Fairmont credit card free nights and elite benefits

Chase's Fairmont credit card is no longer available to new applicants, but I know that many readers signed up for the card in January when I posted: The other Chase card you should consider...

No, Delta didn’t add limits to earning status through spend (myth busted)

Last week, Rene's Points announced that Delta had implemented new restrictions to how many MQMs (elite qualifying miles) could be earned through credit card spend.  This was based on language in a cardmember agreement...

Hunting for Star Alliance Gold

On March 1st, my free status match to Copa Platinum status went kaput.  When Copa first created their own loyalty program there was a brief window of time where status matches were free and...

Marriott Mobile Check In: Does it help or hurt upgrade chances?

During a recent trip to Austin, I had the chance to try out Marriott's new mobile app.  My family of three had booked a four night stay in a single room at the JW...
Travel Companion Tickets

Delta companion tickets and awards now upgradeable

Beginning today, April 6, Delta companion travel has become more attractive for Delta elite members and their companions. Companion certificates previously were not upgradeable either to Comfort+ or to First Class, but they are...
JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Marriott Rewards Sweet Spot

Investing in change: Marriott / SPG / Ritz new program opportunities

Airline and hotel mergers are often bad for consumers since they result in less competition.  That said, mergers also create lots of change.  And with change comes opportunity... We saw this recently with the American...

Success gifting Hyatt Explorist status to myself!

In February, View from the Wing asked "Can Hyatt Platinums Give Themselves a Status Upgrade in March?"  The idea was to match from Hyatt Platinum status to MLife Gold before the new World of...
Chase Hyatt credit card w/ $50K spend gives you Explorist status

Chase Hyatt credit card now offering Explorist status for $50K spend

Hyatt is now offering automatic mid-tier Explorist status to those who spend $50K on the Chase Hyatt credit card within a calendar year.  Hyatt is also offering this benefit retroactively to those who spent...
Delta elite status

Delta Diamond Choice Benefits: Exciting enhancements + what to choose and when

If you're a heavy Delta flyer and you're on the fence about whether it is worth the cost and effort to achieve Diamond status, Delta has just upped the stakes.  The introduction of global...

My 2017 Hotel Elite Status Plans

Update: This post includes offers that were valid at the time of publication, but have since expired. Please click here to see the best offers currently available. I previously described my plans for earning airline elite...

My take on the new World of Hilton Honors

Update: This post includes offers that were valid at the time of publication, but have since expired. Please click here to see the best offers currently available. Following Hyatt's announced change from it's Hyatt Gold Passport program to...

Who is eligible for Marriott’s Elite Status Buy Back?

One of the things I love about Marriott's elite status program is that once you get status it is incredibly easy to keep it.  Each year they offer their Elite Status Buy Back program. ...

Secured Southwest Companion Pass and 7 Night Stay. Now where should we go?

Yesterday, I called Marriott's Platinum Elite phone line (800-399-4229) in order to book a Travel Package.  Marriott travel packages are awards in which you exchange Marriott Rewards points for airline miles plus a certificate...

Necker Island award same price, but harder to get

Update: A few years after this post was written, the award price for a week on Necker Island increased to 1.5 million points. After my trip to Necker Island, I learned that Virgin Atlantic was...

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