Category: elite status

Um, About Those Elite Upgrades…

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For those of you with elite status with an airline, particularly those at the top of the pyramid, you’ve probably gotten used to at least the occasional upgrade to First Class or whatever version of “Economy Plus” your airline has. I have some bad news: The airlines are working hard to make those upgrades go …

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The New Marriott Elite Status: Where Does It Get Good?

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Last year, I wrote about the various hotel elite programs and the benefits that you get with each status. Specifically, I asked the question, “What status level do I need to achieve to get the majority of the best benefits, even if I can’t reach the top tier?” Well, throw out that chart for Marriott …

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Marriott And Starwood Merge Programs. It’s Not Terrible.

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A few days ago, Marriott and Starwood announced what the new combined program will look like and, for the most part, it’s not terrible. I know that’s not a ringing endorsement but, compared to what they could have done, they kept many of the best attributes of each. That’s not to stop them from decimating …

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Devastating News From Marriott, Plus Potential Changes To Elite Status

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Before we get started on some truly horrendous news from Marriott, here are some Mark Zuckerberg memes to make you laugh. Enjoy them before scrolling down. Changes Coming to Status Tiers? Marriott and Starwood aren’t supposed to combine their programs until next year, but there was a leak regarding the combination of their elite status …

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Delta: Double Miles With Partners, Potential Extra Credit Card MQMs

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When airlines first launched frequent flyer programs, they only intended for the miles to serve as a device to influence your future flying behavior. I don’t think anyone imagined the extent to which miles would become such an integral part of travel, nor how profitable the venture could be. Over the past few decades, airlines …

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Starwood Ending VIP Status? What Are “Secret” Statuses, Anyway?

Virtually every major airline and hotel program offers “elite” status, certain privileges that you can earn by flying a certain amount of miles, staying so many nights or spending a lot of money. What many people don’t know, though, is that several of these same companies offer “secret” status that you may not get, no …

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Does Premium Economy Bring Back The Mileage Run?

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Welcome to February. As we anxiously await word from Punxsutawney Phil tomorrow, you may think that I would want to talk about going someplace warm. Think again. We’re going to chilly South Korea. But don’t worry, we won’t be there long. The Revived Premium Economy You used to get first or coach. That was it. …

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Hilton Honors Announces New Benefits: Mixed Results

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Hilton has announced a huge structural change to its Honors program, bits of which we have seen already, with the addition of a breakfast benefit for Gold & Diamond members at Waldorf properties, as well as an increase in the transfer rate of Amex Membership Rewards points to Hilton Honors, now valued at 1 to …

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Delta Brings Back 70,000 Mile Credit Card Bonus (+$100)

Want to fly somewhere warm? This may be your opportunity. 70,000 Miles from Delta (And Then Some) Delta has brought back its offer for a 70,000 point sign-up bonus from American Express, available through this link.* Sign up for the Platinum Delta SkyMiles card and spend $3,000 in your first three months as a cardholder, …

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End Of Year Thoughts And A Good Marriott-Starwood Article

Don’t Let Your Points Expire As you move into the new year, it’s time to make sure that your points don’t expire. Every program has different rules about how frequently you need to have activity in your accounts, and it can be as few as three months (I’m looking at you, Spirit.). Remember, you don’t …

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