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Category: elite status

Sep 24

You Can Now Link Your Marriott And Starwood Accounts

With final approval having been granted, Marriott and Starwood have started the integration process. And now, you can link your accounts. Benefits Of Linking Linking your accounts will let you move points back and forth between the Marriott Rewards (MR) program and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG). You can also match elite status between the program. …

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Sep 07

JetBlue’s Rewards Program Won’t Last (in Its Current Form)

I have a love/hate relationship with JetBlue. I love the service. I hate the website. I love the credit card bonuses, but can’t stand some of the things that Barclays does. Thinking about JetBlue reminds me of this bit from The Simpsons: So what now? It’s Just Too Good This post was actually supposed to …

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Aug 25

A Unique Airline Status Match Offer

Note: Even if you haven’t heard of WestJet, please read this post. Given the rate at which they are launching inexpensive international flights, you’ll want to know a bit more about them. WestJet Status Match Today’s “winner of the day” is WestJet, the second-largest Canadian carrier. First, they get props because the basic tier of their …

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Aug 15

Marriott Elite Status (Without A Stay)

There’s a decent chance that Marriott Rewards is going to end up being your BFF, whether you like it or not. If you are currently a Starwood Preferred Guest Customer or will simply want access to the widest network of hotels, you’ll be spending a lot of time with our Bethesda-based friends. There’s a trade-off …

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Aug 12

The Olympics of Hotel Elite Status: Part Two

A couple of days ago, I covered what I feel are the best levels to shoot for in each of the elite programs at Marriott, Starwood and Hilton. Today, I’m going to cover both Hyatt and IHG (Intercontinental and Holiday Inn, among others). The short version for these two? You’ll need the top tier to …

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Aug 10

The Olympics of Hotel Elite Status: Part One

Travelers, including myself, often put a lot of emphasis on airline elite status. Let’s face it: The gap between bottom tier and top tier can make a huge difference in how comfortably you fly and the fees you pay. Not as many people spend time thinking about hotel elite status. The reason, I suspect, is that …

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Aug 02

American Airlines: You Are Now Your Ticket Price

American Airlines Goes Revenue-Based Yesterday, American Airlines officially became the last of the three legacy carriers to move to a revenue-based system to determine how many miles you will earn on your flight. In a world where the length of the flight does not necessarily correlate to the price, I’m not surprised that this change …

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Jun 09

A Delta Bonus And A JetBlue Extension

Delta Ups The Ante on Credit Cards Delta has entered its seasonally high period. That is, the period when the credit card sign-up bonus is higher than usual. The Gold card will get you 50,000 miles after you spend $2,000 within the first three months, while the Platinum card will get you 60,000 bonus miles, …

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Jun 07

American Finalizes Changes to Mileage Program

With the changes to the Aadvantage program that became official yesterday, American Airlines has become the fourth of the big four airlines (United, Delta and Southwest) to move from a mileage earning system based on how far you fly to one based on how many dollars you spend. Most of the major changes are similar …

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May 24

JetBlue Triple Points Offer – Act Fast

One of the things I like about JetBlue is that they run frequent flash sales and/or promotions. One of the things that I dislike about them is that, due to the nature of a flash sale, you need to move quickly. The current promotion, good through May 25, is actually one of the better ones. …

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