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Category: status fast-track

Sep 26

What Is A “Status Match?” Here’s An Example from United

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In the past, I’ve discussed elite status, the additional perks that you get for flying an airline for a certain number of miles each year or staying a certain number of nights at a particular hotel chain. But what if you want to switch your loyalty to a different program? It means giving up your …

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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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Sep 20

Quick hit on Virgin America status

For those of you with a ton of Amex Membership Rewards points and no ideas where to put them, here’s an idea: Between now and October 8, American Express is offering a 25% bonus on transfers to Virgin America and, if you transfer 80,000 points by December 31, you’ll earn Gold elite status on Virgin …

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Sep 02

JetBlue’s “status challenge” is worth a look

Earning elite status with an airline is can be a cumbersome task, given that it involves flying at least 25,000 miles in a year and/or comes with a dollars-spent component. If you’re US traveler, however, who flies mainly within the country and doesn’t care about upgrades (i.e., I want to get from here to there …

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Jan 27

Hey big spender, what’s in your wallet? Part I, American Express Platinum

I’ve recently gotten two questions regarding credit cards and decided to make them into one topic.  The questions were about the best card for big spenders/heavy travelers and the second was about credit cards that offer lounge access.  Note that none of these cards come without a hefty fee and, unless you are a frequent …

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Nov 18

Tidbits from around the industry…

JetBlue has launched a flash sale which will save you a bit of money, but the discount is only good through tomorrow night.  The two-day travel sale offers 15% off international flights and 20% off domestic and is good only on certain dates, namely December 2-18 and January 6-February 11.  Travel is excluded on the …

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Sep 17

Double-dipping with Hilton (corrected version)

(I have corrected information below regarding the Citi American Express Hilton credit card.  In the original post, I meant to write that you get Diamond status once you spend $40,000.)   I spent last night at the Concorde Opera Paris, the newest Hilton property in the city (Insert Paris Hilton joke here.).  And while that sounds …

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