Discounted Club Carlson Stays, Delta Elite Status Changes, and More!

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Happy Friday, here are some miles, points, and travel updates so you can get off your computers, and on with your day!

Delta Increases Spending Requirement for Elite Status.  Earning elite status has become more confusing and challenging recently with a few programs including Delta and United since elite status now requires you to not only fly a minimum amount, but also spend a certain amount each year.  Now Delta has increased the amount you have to spend to earn elite status by 20% beginning next year (to effect status for 2016).  Since you can still have a wavier from the spending requirements via $25,000 spent annually on a Delta SkyMiles Credit Card, this isn’t too terrible, but many are now counting the days until United makes a similar announcement as they seem to follow Delta’s map on this sort of stuff.

We’re adjusting the 2016 Medallion Qualification Dollars* (MQDs) thresholds to add even more exclusivity to the SkyMiles Medallion program.

The MQDs requirement for 2016 Medallion status, which is based on flights flown between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015, will change as follows:

  • Silver Medallion MQDs requirement will be adjusted from $2,500 to $3,000
  • Gold Medallion MQDs requirement will be adjusted from $5,000 to $6,000
  • Platinum Medallion MQDs requirement will be adjusted from $7,500 to $9,000
  • Diamond Medallion MQDs requirement will be adjusted from $12,500 to $15,000

The MQDs requirement will continue to be waived if you make $25,000 or more in eligible purchases with a Delta SkyMiles Credit Card in the qualification year.

Learn more about MQDs and what’s changing.

*MQDs requirement is for U.S.-based members only.

Save Up to 25% on Discounted Point Redemptions at Club Carlson Properties through November 30th using code POWERPTS. Below are a few examples of the discounted properties, though far from a complete list.  Note that this discount did not seem to stack with the last award night free benefit with the co-branded credit card in my test bookings.  Also, the discounted rate may not be available on all nights.

Club Carlson Power Points
Radisson Hotel Corpus Christi Beach
Book Now, starting at 33,000 points

Radisson Hotel Seattle Airport
Book Now, starting at 28,500 points

Radisson Hotel Newport Beach
Book Now, starting at 28,500 points

Radisson Resort Orlando-Celebration
Book Now, starting at 28,500 points

Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre Calgary Airport
Book Now, starting at 33,000 points

Radisson Hotel Trinidad
Book Now, starting at 33,000 points

Radisson Poliforum Plaza Hotel Leon
Book Now, starting at 11,250 points

Thanks to Loyalty Traveler for sharing news of this promotion

If you used to love BlueBird, you may want to meet “RedBird” at Target.  If you like the world of gift cards, and prefer Target to Walmart, you probably want to read this post by The Frequent Miler.  I am considering bouncing from BlueBird to “RedBird” (officially called Target Prepaid REDcard) for a number of reasons and will keep you posted.

Have a great weekend!

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