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How To Stay At A Hilton Hotel For Free Until April 30th

How To Stay at a Hilton Hotel For Free Hotels are expensive, except when they’re free. Today I’m going to show you how to use a limited-time promo that Hilton is running until April 30th, 2018 to stay for free, or almost free, at Category 1 Hilton properties. This hack could be a great way to explore a new city without having to pay for hotels or qualify for Hilton Gold or Diamond status for…

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Awesome: Hyatt to count award stays for status

World of Hyatt made a huge announcement today: Beginning in 2018, award stays will count towards elite status. This is a big improvement in the program that will surely sit well with many miles and points aficionados. When the new World of Hyatt program was announced last fall, Greg summed up his feelings about the program in two posts that covered all of key facets of the new program: 5 Things I love about  World of Hyatt 5…

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Bye Bye Marriott Status Buy Back

Yesterday Marriott announced several changes to their rewards program for 2018: Hertz Status: Platinum members get Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Five Star® Status and Platinum Premier members get Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Presidents Circle® Status. Elite Rollover Nights Last Chance: Elite nights earned in 2017 above those needed for the elite status you obtained will roll-over to 2018 (for 2019 year qualification), but elite nights earned in 2018 will not roll-over to 2019. Status Buy…

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10am check-in for IHG Spire Elites

Last week, IHG sent out an email to Spire Elite members advising them of a new benefit of the program: 10am early check-in based on availability. That’s a nice benefit to have if it works out, though it seems that this is going to be up to the hotel’s discretion — which isn’t much of a change in reality. This new benefit is included in the chart of elite benefits at IHG’s website: And here is…

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Delta’s $250K MQD waiver rule. What will I do? What should you do?

Yesterday we learned that, as of January 1 2018, Delta has increased it’s MQD waiver requirement for Diamond Status to $250,000 in credit card spend.  I promised an analysis.  Here it is… MQD Waiver Background In order to earn top tier Diamond status, Delta SkyMiles members must meet the following requirements within each calendar year:  Earn 125,000 MQMs (Medallion Qualifying Miles) or 140 MQSs (Medallion Qualifying Segments), and $15,000 MQDs (Medallion Qualifying Dollars). MQMs and…

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Should Nick mattress run for SPG Platinum?

Senior Frequent Miler author Nick Reyes recently received an email from SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest) with the subject heading “Open Up Your Special Offer.”  He was offered double elite-qualifying credit on all stays between September 15 and December 15, 2017.  I received the same offer, but there are other offers floating around too. You can check to see if you have a targeted offer here. The “Elite Status – On the Double” offer that Nick…

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Match to Mosaic

Last week, JetBlue announced a great promotion: if you have elite status on another airline, JetBlue will grant you a match to Mosaic status for the remainder of 2017. If you then earn 3,750 base TrueBlue points within 90 days of your match, you will receive Mosaic status throughout 2018. The Deal Match status from Delta, United, American, Southwest, Virgin, or Alaska to JetBlue’s Mosaic status for the remainder of 2017 Automatically register for a status challenge…

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My 2017 Hotel Elite Status Plans

Update: This post includes offers that were valid at the time of publication, but have since expired. Please click here to see the best offers currently available. 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…

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How to buy elite status with points

Most hotel chains and airlines have loyalty programs that award loyal customers with elite status.  Top tier (or near top tier) status usually comes with many desirable perks such as upgrades, gifts, and more.  To get to top tier status it is usually necessary to spend many nights with a hotel chain or fly frequently with an airline or its partners.  You can also get status by holding certain credit cards, spending a lot on…

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