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Why You Should Match Hyatt Elite Status to M Life Before March 1st

World of Hyatt elite status tiers expire very soon on February 28, 2018, unless of course you requalified for the next year. If you are used to having Hyatt elite perks on your travels such as lounge access, late check-out, and more, this can be a real blow. However, there might be a way to protect some of your Hyatt elite status perks by leveraging the Hyatt and M life reciprocal elite status program, if you act quickly.   Before…

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Is Intercontinental Ambassador Status Worth It?

How does it sound to score a guaranteed room upgrade, guaranteed 4 PM late check-out, fresh water and fruit on arrival, a welcome gift, an annual second weekend night free when the first night is paid, and IHG elite status? All of this and more can be yours with Intercontinental Ambassador status. This status doesn’t require a certain number of nights spent with the hotel program, but rather it is available with ‘just’ a $200 payment.   Recently I received an…

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World of Hyatt Giving Retroactive Elite Credit for 2017 Award Stays

As you have probably already seen, beginning in 2018, the World of Hyatt program (finally) began counting award stays towards qualifying for elite status. This will obviously really help those of us who sprinkle in a fair amount of award stays along with paid Hyatt visits throughout the year.   They didn’t say this at the time, but apparently, they had another trick (or actually, treat) up their sleeves. Earlier this week, many World of Hyatt members, such as my…

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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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