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American Airlines Sending Out Free Elite Status Trials

Today lots of lucky folks received free American Airlines elite status trials in their inboxes. The free American Airlines elite status is good for five months and there is a way to extend it by flying American Airlines enough during that time frame. While there is no way to know exactly what triggered the targeted offers, perhaps it was related to the relationship with Alaska Airlines changing effective January 1st…

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$3 Short of United Gold Status Because Paid Upgrades Don’t Count

Josh has been traveling pretty regularly for work since mid-May, and while our family misses him plenty when he is gone so frequently, the upside is that he has been racking up miles, points, and elite status credits in various programs. I think he is just one more night away from earning Hyatt Globalist (thanks to the 20-night fast track promo), and he has been progressing towards United Gold status one flight at a time. Had he had this travel schedule…

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Earning SPG Platinum Status on the Cheap and Easy

It’s been a good long while since I went out of my way to earn elite status. I mean, elite status comes into play when making some of my travel decisions, but rarely is it the only consideration in making a booking. However, for every rule there are exceptions, and when Starwood targeted me for a double stay credit promo, the fact that I only had 4 of the needed 25 annual stays to earn SPG Platinum status with less…

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Newly Announced Marriott Rewards Changes for 2018

For the last few years, we have been on a slow march towards the merging of the Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty programs. I have no problem with this being a slow and deliberate march since I kind of like the programs the way they are right now. Heck, I’d have no problem if the destination changes and we never get where we thought we were going and the programs stay separate forever and ever, though I think…

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Why You Should Match Your Hyatt Status to M life Now

Hyatt and M life have a pretty neat reciprocal elite status program that can be used to create elite status in one of those programs if you have it in the other. For example, on March 1st of this year my husband lost his Hyatt elite status as he didn’t have very much paid travel in 2016, but as soon as that happened, he matched his M life status to Hyatt and became a second tier level Hyatt Explorist with four…

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Kimpton Karma Rewards to Become a Part of IHG Rewards in Early 2018

Almost three years ago I shared the news that the IHG program was improving with the acquisition of Kimpton. Now, almost three years later, we have movement on the amazing Kimpton properties and their Karma Rewards program actually rolling into the IHG Rewards umbrella. This probably isn’t great news for Kimpton Karma members, but by taking three years to roll the two programs into one, it does seem like IHG has given some thought to protecting some of what makes Kimpton special, though it…

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Surprise, Surprise, I May Be Mattress Running for SPG Platinum Status

I really thought my hardcore mattress running days were behind me. With shifting travel patterns and Hyatt moving to elite qualification on nights instead of being able to qualify on stays or nights, we just seemed to be beyond the days of checking into a hotel just for the stay credit. While that was fun at times, overall I was not sad in the slightest that the mattress running phase of my life was probably over as it always felt…

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Delta Wants You to Spend a Quarter of a Million Dollars?!

I have to chuckle a bit at Delta raising the minimum spending requirement on the co-branded Delta Amex Cards from $25,000 per year to $250,000 per year if you want to have an elite qualifying dollars waiver for their top tier Diamond Status. As it stands, for all of their elite status levels you don’t have to worry about spending a minimum amount on your Delta tickets to qualify for elite status as long as you spend $25k per year…

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When You Aren’t Spending Enough on Airfare

It’s mid-September and with just a little over a 1/4 of the year left to go, it is a really good time to do some elite status math and see where you stand…assuming you care about such things. Josh is traveling a pretty fair amount for work this year, so his numbers are now actually more important than mine. To see exactly where he stands, we spent a bit of time yesterday working through his United elite status progress. In doing…

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