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Elite Status

Platinum Checklist

A checklist for securing expedited security, hotel and car elite status, two $200 reimbursements,...

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A bit of good news for Amex Platinum cardholders surfaced yesterday.  First, it was widely reported that Amex Platinum holders are now eligible for free Hilton Gold status.  Second, we learned that a glitch...

AA vs Delta Part 2: good upgrades, bad food, and in-flight ads

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In part 1 of this series, I made it clear: my goal is not to compare the AA and Delta frequent flyer programs.  On paper, at least, AA’s program has Delta beat by a...

The truth about Delta

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Delta has long been the punching bag of airline programs for those in the miles & points hobby… for good reason.  For years, their award booking website was famously broken; saver level awards (e.g....
IHG status credit card bonus

IHG signup bonus no longer counting towards status

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A few weeks ago, after publishing “How to find the best IHG signup offer: 80K points plus $50,” a number of readers contacted me to let me know that the points they had earned...
25K Choice benefit

IHG Spire: Ideas for nabbing the new 25K Choice benefit without staying in hotels.

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UPDATE: It appears that points from credit card signup bonuses no longer count as elite qualifying.  As a result, a number of items in this post are no longer relevant. IHG finally named their new...
SPG card benefits

New SPG card benefits: Do they work for award stays? Authorized users?

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Yesterday, I wrote a bit about the new benefits of the Amex SPG cards as of August 11.  As a reminder, the new benefits (and new fee) are: Higher annual fees ($95 vs. the current...
Virgin Atlantic Gold Status

An interesting find on my way to Necker Island

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Towards my ridiculous quest to visit Richard Branson’s Necker Island, I signed up for four Virgin Atlantic credit cards.  A week on Necker Island costs 1.2 million Virgin Atlantic miles.  My strategy to get...

Mileage Running for AA Executive Platinum status. EQMs vs. EQPs

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Lately I’ve been suffering from mileage-run paralysis.  I need to book additional One World flights in order to re-up my AA Executive Platinum status for 2016, but I haven’t yet picked a strategy.  Should...

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