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Investing in change: Marriott / SPG / Ritz new program opportunities

JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Marriott Rewards Sweet Spot

Airline and hotel mergers are often bad for consumers since they result in less competition.  That said, mergers also create lots of change.  And with change comes opportunity… We saw this recently with the American Airlines / US Airways merger.  There was a short term opportunity to earn top tier US Airways status through a challenge.  And we knew that we would then get top tier AA status, along with 8 international upgrade certificates, when…

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Success gifting Hyatt Explorist status to myself!

World of Hyatt Explorist

In February, View from the Wing asked “Can Hyatt Platinums Give Themselves a Status Upgrade in March?”  The idea was to match from Hyatt Platinum status to MLife Gold before the new World of Hyatt program kicked in, and then to match back from MLife Gold to the new mid-tier Hyatt Explorist status after March 1st.  This was worth doing primarily because Explorist status includes 4 Club Access Awards (upgrade point-award or paid stays to…

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Chase Hyatt credit card now offering Explorist status for $50K spend

Chase Hyatt credit card w/ $50K spend gives you Explorist status

Hyatt is now offering automatic mid-tier Explorist status to those who spend $50K on the Chase Hyatt credit card within a calendar year.  Hyatt is also offering this benefit retroactively to those who spent $50K on the card in 2016. Hyatt’s new “World of Hyatt” program kicks in on March 1st.  I’ve previously written about the 5 things I love about the World of Hyatt and 5 things I hate about World of Hyatt.  One…

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Delta Diamond Choice Benefits: Exciting enhancements + what to choose and when

Delta elite status

If you’re a heavy Delta flyer and you’re on the fence about whether it is worth the cost and effort to achieve Diamond status, Delta has just upped the stakes.  The introduction of global upgrade certificates a few years ago was enough to convince me that my wife needed Diamond status.  And her continued success when using those certificates convinced me to go for Diamond as well (see also Manufacturing Delta Diamond, retrospective).  The recent…

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My 2017 Hotel Elite Status Plans

Radisson Irvine Welcome Gift Club Carlson 2

I previously described my plans for earning airline elite status in 2017.  In this post, we’ll talk about hotel status.  With a few exceptions, meaningful hotel elite status is much easier to get than airline status.  So, even if you hate the idea of playing into a corporate marketing department’s hands by chasing status, you may find that it is worthwhile to do a status match or hold a credit card to get status.  Depending…

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My take on the new World of Hilton Honors

World of Hilton Honors

Following Hyatt’s announced change from it’s Hyatt Gold Passport program to its new World of Hyatt program (see 5 things I love and 5 things I hate about the World of Hyatt), Hilton too has re-branded and altered their loyalty program.  Let’s walk through the new World of Hilton Honors program together to see what’s what… New Name Hilton’s loyalty program used to be called Hilton HHonors.  They’ve now dropped the double “H” in favor…

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Who is eligible for Marriott’s Elite Status Buy Back?

Marriott Elite Buy Back 2017

One of the things I love about Marriott’s elite status program is that once you get status it is incredibly easy to keep it.  Each year they offer their Elite Status Buy Back program.  If you didn’t earn enough elite nights during the previous year to keep your current level of status, you can exchange points to keep that status.  Years ago I completed a Taste of Platinum Challenge in order to earn Marriott Platinum…

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Secured Southwest Companion Pass and 7 Night Stay. Now where should we go?

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Yesterday, I called Marriott’s Platinum Elite phone line (800-399-4229) in order to book a Travel Package.  Marriott travel packages are awards in which you exchange Marriott Rewards points for airline miles plus a certificate for a 7 night stay.  You do not need to use the airline miles as part of the trip in which you book your stay.  The number of Marriott Rewards points required depends on which package you select (e.g. which type…

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Necker Island award same price, but harder to get

Branson chokes Greg plus thought bubble

After my trip to Necker Island, I learned that Virgin Atlantic was considering increasing the 1.2 million mile award price.  I published the news here: Necker Island award price probably going up. Last call for 1.2 million miles.  Well, I finally got official notice about the change and it’s not what I expected… The good news, for my 3 or 4 readers who were hoping to do this, is that the award price is not…

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