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My 2017 Hotel Elite Status Plans

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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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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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Pushing the envelope on earning Delta elite status through spend

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Delta is the only major airline that makes it possible to achieve top tier status through credit card spend alone.  It’s not easy to do, but it is possible.  Over the past several years, I’ve earned high level Platinum status for myself and top tier Diamond status for my wife almost entirely through credit card spend.  And this year I spent both of us to Diamond status. The top-end value of Delta SkyMiles has arguably…

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Bet You Didn’t Know: Two Quirks in the Hyatt Changeover That Might Be Mattress Run Worthy


By Julian, author of Devil’s Advocate…   Yesterday’s reveal of the new “World of Hyatt” elite status program lit up the points and miles community, with tons of speculation about winners and losers. I’m sure Greg the Frequent Miler will have some thoughts on it going forward, especially about whether it’s worth pursing the new top-tier Hyatt status. As for myself, it’s safe to say most folks have no problem choosing which category to put me in. And it has nothing to do with my…

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Marriott SPG 4 New Shortcuts to Platinum Elite Status

Shortcuts to Platinum

The Marriott SPG merger has opened up a wealth of new opportunities.  Program members who link their accounts get instantly matched to their highest status level: Marriott Gold = SPG Gold Marriott Platinum = SPG Platinum And they now have the ability to transfer points in either direction: 1 SPG Starpoint = 3 Marriott Rewards points I am actively maintaining a list of great opportunities that the Marriott SPG merge make possible: Marriott SPG Complete…

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How to get some SPG Platinum benefits without status

SPG Platinum benefits

SPG Platinum benefits include a killer feature not found in any other major hotel chain program:  “An upgrade to best available room at check-in — including a Standard Suite.”  When a guest with Platinum status checks in, the hotel is required to upgrade that guest to a standard suite if any are available.  Of course, some hotels wiggle out of this responsibility by severely limiting the number of suites they consider “standard” or by pretending…

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How to get Hyatt Diamond benefits without status

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

Last year I decided not to mattress run to keep my Hyatt Diamond status.  It was a tough decision: Hyatt Diamond status is awesome.  But, I was simply too far from re-qualifying.  Then, a very lucky thing happened.  In November of last year, Hyatt briefly offered a Diamond status match to anyone with mid or top tier status in a competing chain.  I didn’t think I would qualify since I had Hyatt Diamond status at…

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Manufacturing Delta Diamond, retrospective

Delta Diamond

A few years ago Delta introduced an excellent new choice benefit for top tier Diamond members: 4 Global Upgrade Certificates that can be applied to almost any economy fare in order to upgrade to business class.  I first wrote about this benefit in the post “Why Delta’s great new Choice Benefits irk me.”  My problem at that time was that I had previously developed a solid plan for alternating years manufacturing Platinum status for my…

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9 awesome credit card perks you might not know about

Credit card perks

Many credit cards have terrific perks that make them worth keeping despite their annual fees.  A couple of examples that come to mind are the IHG card’s annual free night certificate that can be used at any IHG property worldwide; and the Citi Prestige’s $250 airfare credit and 4th Night Free hotel benefits.  But, those are examples of headline perks – the perks that are widely advertised and well known.  Today we’ll look at some…

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