Category: elite status

Marriott Expands Benefits with United Airlines

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In the mid-1980s, United Airlines decided that it was time to consolidate the travel industry. The CEO, Richard Ferris, felt that he could achieve massive economies of scale by buying up hotels and a rental car agency, allowing consumers to book their entire vacation with one telephone call (For my younger readers, a “telephone” is …

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JetBlue Double Points Promo

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In December/January, JetBlue usually sends out a double points email. They’re running a little later than usual this year, but the offer just went out. Double TrueBlue Points (Elite Eligible) JetBlue normally gives three points per dollar spent but, for the duration of the program, they’re doubling your base points to six per dollar spent. …

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American Airlines Changes The Boarding Process. Again.

Airlines do certain things well. Getting their passengers on planes is not one of them. For years, airlines have tried to optimize the boarding process and, for years, they’ve failed. In fact, if anything, the process has gotten more complicated. In fact, the only logical thing that they’ve done is tacitly admitted that they have …

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Everything We Know about Valuing Points Is Wrong

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One of my favorite topics is discussing how much individual points are worth. I have X points in program Y and an award costs Z points. Find enough instances of Z and you can come up with a pretty good idea of how much points are worth in a system. If I find 10 hotel …

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American Airlines Adding Basic Economy

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American Airlines issued a press release today announcing the introduction of its Basic Economy fares, matching the new fare class set out by Delta and United. Basic Economy Basic Economy (BE) is a class of service right below traditional economy and is meant to compete with the Spirit Airlines of the world. You’ll get a …

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United Rolls Out Basic Economy

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Want to get the Spirit Airways experience without flying Spirit? Welcome to Basic Economy at United. United Airlines Basic Economy First of all, good for them. And I’m absolutely serious when I say that. More seating choices is simply better than fewer seat choices. Basic Economy is a take on the Delta version of a cut-rate, …

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Club Carlson: Double Points Or Double Nights

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I’ve always felt bad for Club Carlson. It’s a good program that offers excellent value and numerous promotions. Unfortunately, they don’t have the brands that others do but, if you don’t need to stay at the Westins of the world to be happy, the owner of Radisson could be the right plan for you. Double Points …

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Hotel Elite Programs: The More Things Change…

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Hotel programs are generally a little bit behind airline programs, but they got one thing right when they started: They reward people based on dollars spent, rather than some other factor that may or may not be tied to their revenues. What Hyatt Did There’s a rumor that Hyatt is about to gut its elite …

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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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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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