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Last day to pick Delta Choice Benefits (Jan 31)

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This is just a quick reminder for anyone who earned Delta Platinum or Diamond status in 2019 for the 2020 elite year: Today is the last day to select your Choice Benefits. --> Link to...

[Registration Closed] Marriott instant status match challenge from IHG, Hilton, Hyatt, and Accor

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Update 1/30/21: Marriott has closed registration for the status match challenge. This offer was never expected to be permanent and given the reduced requirements and faster path to elite status for those who had...

Which is the best Amex Platinum card in 2021?

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American Express has several varieties of their premium Platinum cards.  And, while they're expensive, they're loaded with great perks.  Which is the best best Amex Platinum card?  As long as the amazing 100K +...

Free Spirit: Surprisingly good, but still suspicious

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Spirit Airlines Saver$ Club is a terrific value today and Spirit Airlines Free Spirit points can be worth far more than you might expect, yet despite some massive surprises in both of those departments...

Where Marriott Suite Night Awards don’t work

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Thanks to Marriott's overlapping early 2021 promotions, I expect that many readers will soon have access to Marriott's Choice Benefits.  One benefit you can choose is a set of 5 Suite Night Awards.  These...

Where Hyatt Suite Upgrade Awards don’t work

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In my recent post about my perfect Hyatt mattress run, I mentioned paying more to secure a beachfront room.  In response, a reader asked why I didn't use a Hyatt Suite Upgrade Award for...

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

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

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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)

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This Marriott Platinum Elite status shortcuts 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...

Hyatt assigning My Hyatt Concierge to new 60-night Globalists

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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...

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